Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenFri, 21 Apr 2017 18:08:37 +0000The Remarkable Return of Sea Otters to Glacier Bayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/extraordinary-return-sea-otters-glacier-bay-180962999/Rarely do apex predators recover from human oppression. These otters are an exceptionFri, 21 Apr 2017 18:08:37 +0000Is #Hashtagging Your Environment on Instagram Enough to Save It?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/is-hashtagging-your-environment-enough-save-it-180962982/Location-based data might help pinpoint key ecosystems—or make conservation a popularity contestFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +0000How Filmmakers Distill Science for the Big Screenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-filmmakers-distill-science-for-big-screen-180962991/The new film <i>Amazon Adventure</i> turns decades of research into 45 minutes of visual majestyFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Ocean Is Running Out of Fish. Here's the Alarming Mathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-ocean-is-running-out-of-fish-heres-the/Based on reporting, the ocean has long appeared to offer an infinite bounty of fish. But research paints a grim picture, with annual catch on a declineFri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Australia's Salt Ponds Look Like Beautiful, Abstract Art From Abovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/australia-salt-ponds-look-beautiful-abstract-act-above-180962781/ Taking to the sky to show how industry shapes the earthThu, 20 Apr 2017 18:11:45 +0000Europe's Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/europe-bog-bodies-reveal-secrets-180962770/High-tech tools divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by these corpsesThu, 20 Apr 2017 16:53:42 +0000The Naturalist Who Inspired Ernest Hemingway and Many Others to Love the Wildernesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/naturalist-ernest-hemingway-others-love-wilderness-180962775/ W.H. Hudson wrote one of the 20th century’s greatest memoirs after a fever rekindled visions of his childhood.Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:02:42 +0000Exoplanet Discovery Arrives in Time for New Telescope Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/exoplanet-discovery-arrives-time-new-telescope-technology-180962965/Astronomers call LHS 1140b one of the "best targets" for hunting liquid water with NASA's James Webb Space TelescopeWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:52:48 +0000Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo Did Indeed Eat People, Teeth Revealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/man-eating-lions-tsavo-did-indeed-eat-people-tooth-inspections-reveal-180962961/Dental clues confirm some rumors about the ravenous cats of Tsavo, while also raising new questionsWed, 19 Apr 2017 15:39:36 +0000Medieval Medical Books Could Hold the Recipe for New Antibioticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/medieval-medical-books-could-hold-recipe-new-antibiotics-180962947/A team of medievalists and scientists look back to history—including a 1,000-year-old eyesalve recipe—for cluesWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000How the Mustang, the Symbol of the Frontier, Became a Nuisancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mustang-symbol-frontier-became-nuisance-180962771/A mainstay of Western culture, the free-roaming stallions are now a force to be reckoned withTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000Why I Take Fake Pillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-i-take-fake-pills-180962765/ Surprising new research shows that placebos still work even when you know they’re not realTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000Tree Nut Allergies May Be Massively Overdiagnosed http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tree-nut-allergies-may-be-massively-overdiagnosed-180962927/But don’t go for the jar of almond butter just yetTue, 18 Apr 2017 14:20:54 +0000The Secret Massacre of Millions of Seahorseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secret-massacre-millions-seahorses-180962926/Millions of seahorses meet their doom each year as by-catch in a fisherman’s net. Less-charming fish may share the same fateTue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Seduced By a Rare Parrothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seduced-rare-parrot-180962855/What can conservationists learn from New Zealand’s official “spokesbird,” a YouTube celebrity who tries to mate with people’s heads?Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:58:24 +0000Scientists Can Tell What Fish Live Where Based On DNA in the Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-can-tell-what-fish-live-where-based-on-dna-in-water-180962894/A new study of the Hudson River estuary tracked spring migration of ocean fish by collecting water samplesThu, 13 Apr 2017 15:31:46 +0000Gut Check: Mandrills Sniff Poop to Avoid Peers With Parasiteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gut-check-mandrills-use-smell-poop-avoid-peers-parasites-180962893/Researchers have documented one of the first instances of social avoidance in a non-human animalThu, 13 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Ants Became the World’s Best Fungus Farmers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ants-became-worlds-best-fungus-farmers-180962871/Ancient climate change may have spurred a revolution in ant agriculture, Smithsonian researchers findWed, 12 Apr 2017 16:06:16 +0000Why Are We So Obsessed With Dead Bodies?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-are-we-so-obsessed-dead-bodies-180962869/<i>Body Worlds</i> taps into a long, fraught history of humans displaying the deceased for "science"Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:29:36 +0000The Environmental Price of Damshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/price-of-dams-180962844/Why some conservationists are demolishing dams in the name of rivers and fish Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:20:20 +0000Monkeys May Recognize False Beliefs—Knocking Over Yet Another Pillar of Human Cognitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/monkeys-may-recognize-false-beliefs-knocking-over-another-pillar-human-cognition-180962833/Apes may be aware of the minds of others—yet another remarkable finding about the cognitive abilities of non-human animalsFri, 07 Apr 2017 18:58:27 +0000This Feminist Psychologist-Turned-Rock-Star Led a Full Life of Resistancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/feminist-psychologist-turned-rock-star-led-multifaceted-life-resistance-180962814/Naomi Weisstein fought against the idea of women as objects in both the fields of psychology and rock 'n rollFri, 07 Apr 2017 15:29:38 +0000Two Litters of Adorable Cheetah Cubs Born in One Weekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-litters-adorable-cheetah-cubs-born-one-week-180962821/Smithsonian's cheetah conservation program welcomes the springtime births after careful planning Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Poaching Isn't the Cheetah's Only Problemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/poaching-isnt-rare-cheetahs-only-problem-180962808/Humans isolate the rare cats with roads and fences—which can be as devastating as hunting them outrightThu, 06 Apr 2017 14:02:48 +0000Liberals and Conservatives Read Totally Different Books About Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/liberals-and-conservatives-read-totally-different-books-about-science-180962802/The good news: Everyone likes dinosaursWed, 05 Apr 2017 17:48:39 +0000The Science Behind Your Cheap Winehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-your-cheap-wine-180962783/How advances in bottling, fermenting and taste-testing are democratizing a once-opaque liquidTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:48:57 +0000The Bittersweet Story of Vanillahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bittersweet-story-vanilla-180962757/Today, less than 1 percent of vanilla flavoring comes from the vanilla flower. Is that a good thing?Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:56:47 +0000Future of Conservationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/future-conservation-1-180962703/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:40:46 +0000Take a Walk on the Bright Side at the First Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-earth-optimism-summit-takes-walk-bright-side-conservation-180962731/As an antidote to doom and gloom, a conference on Earth Day weekend, takes a look all the good that is being done Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:11:11 +0000Why Small Animals Are Huge for Conservationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/small-animals-are-huge-conservation-180962740/ The tiniest of creatures keep the fabric of our world together, but are often overlookedFri, 31 Mar 2017 16:27:38 +0000Feuding Iguanas and Giant Rodents Rule This Cuban Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/feuding-iguanas-and-giant-rodents-rule-this/In the Jardines de la Reina, an archipelago in the southern part of Cuba, two species have managed to co-exist in not-quite-harmonyFri, 31 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Let Us Now Praise the Invention of the Microscope http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-we-owe-to-the-invention-microscope-180962725/Early scientists wielded this revolutionary tool to study the invisible world of microbes, and even their own semen Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:09:06 +0000Unlike Dolphins, Sea Otters That Use Tools Are Not Closely Relatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/unlike-dolphis-sea-otters-use-tools-are-not-closely-related-180962716/Rock-bashing in otters is a very old behavior Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:59:01 +0000Lionfish Are a Plague. Can Training Sharks to Eat Them Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/lionfish-are-a-plague-can-training-sharks-t/Lionfish, which are native to the Indo-Pacific but were accidentally introduced to the Caribbean, are decimating native fish speciesThu, 30 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000What Really Made Primate Brains So Big?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-really-made-primate-brains-so-big-180962717/A new study suggests that fruit, not social relationships, could be the main driver of larger brainsWed, 29 Mar 2017 20:21:27 +0000MIT Mathematician Develops an Algorithm to Help Treat Diabeteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mit-mathematician-has-developed-algorithm-help-treat-diabetes-180962698/The key to managing the disease, which afflicts 29 million people in the U.S., might be in big dataTue, 28 Mar 2017 19:53:37 +0000See the World’s Largest Collection of Fluorescent Rockshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/largest-collection-fluorescent-rocks-180962572/And get glowing in this mine's Rainbow TunnelTue, 28 Mar 2017 16:10:43 +0000When I Say "You" But Really Mean "Me"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-you-is-really-about-me-180962686/In some cases, the use of the second-person pronoun could help us put distance between ourselves and negative emotionsTue, 28 Mar 2017 14:11:19 +0000Meet Eight Species That Are Bending the Rules of Reproductionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/here-are-eight-species-bending-rules-reproduction-180962676/Spice up your mating life with relationship tips from rock lizards, sharks and water fleasTue, 28 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Fascinating: How Transparent Glass Frogs Matehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/fascinating-how-transparent-glass-frogs-mate/First, the female collects water from a leaf in order to hydrate the eggs inside her. then releases them for the male to fertilizeMon, 27 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000What Really Turned the Sahara Desert From a Green Oasis Into a Wasteland?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-really-turned-sahara-desert-green-oasis-wasteland-180962668/10,000 years ago, this iconic desert was unrecognizable. A new hypothesis suggests that humans may have tipped the balanceFri, 24 Mar 2017 16:19:52 +0000What Will It Take to End International Killer Whale Capture?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-will-take-end-international-killer-whale-capture-180962627/The West may have rejected whale captivity, but the painful relationship between humans and orcas is far from overFri, 24 Mar 2017 14:07:14 +0000Elephants Can Afford to Be Picky About This Kind of Fruithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/elephants-can-afford-to-be-picky-about-this/A single marula tree can provide up to 1.5 tons of fruit each season--as much as 90,000 fruitsFri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Now You Can Measure Male Fertility With a Smartphone Apphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/now-you-can-measure-male-fertility-smartphone-app-180962657/A new device helps men monitor their sperm count from the comfort of their own homeThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:44:31 +0000This Echolocating Dormouse Could Reveal the Origins of One of Nature’s Coolest Superpowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/echolocating-dormouse-shows-how-much-learn-about-one-natures-coolest-superpowers-180962647/Mice, moths and even humans use clicks and echoes to "see" the world around themThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:14:20 +0000Could the Tiny Zebrafish Teach Us to Cure Blindness?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-tiny-zebrafish-teach-us-cure-blindness-180962626/By learning how zebrafish regenerate their retinas, researchers could figure out how to help humans do the sameThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:33:32 +0000Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thrivinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-10-daily-tons-of-ant-poop-keep-this-rain/The soil in the rainforests of Barro Colorado is packed with nutrients, but where does it come from?Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000A New Generation of Interplanetary Rovers Is Crawling Toward the Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-generation-interplanetary-rovers-crawling-toward-stars-180962625/These four-legged, wheel-less robots will explore asteroids and the frigid outer worlds of our Solar SystemWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:12:43 +0000What Dung Beetles Can Teach Us About Sexual Difference http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-dung-beetles-can-teach-us-sex-differences-180962622/ When it comes to sex appeal, it's not all in your genes (it's also in your proteins!)Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:56:11 +0000How Did Sabercats Use Those Outlandish Fangs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-did-sabercats-use-their-fangs-180962604/We’ve barely scratched the surface of how this charismatic cat utilized its dental cutleryTue, 21 Mar 2017 18:04:06 +0000Darwin Would Have Loved the Cliffs of Newfoundland, Where 500-Million-Years-Old Fossils Residehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/darwin-loved-cliffs-newfoundland-500-million-years-old-180962472/Step back in time half a billion years to a world of mysterious sea creatures that would have thrilled DarwinTue, 21 Mar 2017 16:19:51 +0000The Biggest Tree Canopy on the Planet Stretches Across Nearly Five Acres http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/biggest-tree-canopy-planet-stretches-across-five-acres-180962470/In remote India, a visit to Thimmamma Marrimanu offers a spectacular lesson in the vital coexistence of living thingsTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:46:54 +0000Hawaii's Must-See Lava Flows Are Home to New, Startling Ecosystemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hawaii-startling-lava-fields-home-new-ecoystems-180962476/These stunning volcanoes are creating new islands of evolutionTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:40:00 +0000How Big Can a Land Animal Get?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-king-kong-should-have-been-blue-whale-180962603/King Kong's biggest enemy isn’t humans—it’s the laws of physicsTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:34:07 +0000From “T. Rex” to “Pantydraco": How Dinosaurs Get Their Nameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/t-rex-pantydraco-how-dinosaurs-get-their-names-180962602/The best monikers are “a way to link science and imagination.” Others are just obviousMon, 20 Mar 2017 19:28:03 +0000Coral Reefs Now Face Deep Water Dead Zones, As If Climate Change Were Not Enoughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/coral-reefs-now-face-deep-water-dead-zones-as-if-climate-change-were-not-enough-180962587/A Smithsonian scientist says there may be a greater prevalence of undocumented oxygen-starved deep coastal watersMon, 20 Mar 2017 19:22:26 +0000Unmasking the Mad Bomberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unmasking-the-mad-bomber-180962469/When James A. Brussel used psychiatry to think like a criminal, he pioneered the science of profilingMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:21:42 +0000Smithsonian Researchers Are Bringing the Oryx Back to the Wildhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/smithsonian-researchers-bringing-oryx-back-wild-180962480/Reintroducing the species back to north-central Africa shows early signs of successMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Dian Fossey’s Gorilla Skulls Are Scientific Treasures and a Symbol of Her Fighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dian-fosseys-gorilla-skulls-are-scientific-treasures-and-symbol-her-fight-180962564/At a new Smithsonian exhibition, the skulls of “Limbo” and “Green Lady” have a story to tellFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:51:00 +0000How Do New Planets Get Their Names?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-planets-get-their-names-180962577/Sorry, Planet McPlanetface: Asteroids, moons and other celestial bodies go through a strict set of international naming guidelinesFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:40:16 +0000How Climate Helped Shape Your Nosehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-climate-changed-shape-your-nose-180962567/New research shows how the width of our nasal passages is literally shaped by the air we breatheThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:43:14 +0000These Bold Illustrations Celebrate the Incredible Contributions of Women in Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-bold-illustrations-celebrate-incredible-contributions-women-science-180962560/A designer's touch brings the achievements and faces of female pioneers to a wider audienceThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:11:58 +0000How Researchers Are Beginning to Gently Probe the Science Behind ASMRhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/researchers-begin-gently-probe-science-behind-asmr-180962550/Once a mysterious Internet phenomenon, "tingleheads" are starting to get real scientific attentionThu, 16 Mar 2017 16:21:05 +0000How the Desert Oryx Stops Its Brain From Fryinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-the-desert-oryx-stops-its-brain-from-frying/How does the desert-dwelling oryx survive a body temperature that would kill other mammals? The answer lies in a panting mechanismThu, 16 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Case for Going to Venushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/case-for-going-to-venus-180962534/Sending a probe to Earth’s lifeless twin could help us understand how life rises—and falls—on faraway planetsWed, 15 Mar 2017 17:40:53 +0000The Beast's Enchanted Rose Lasted a Decade. How Long Can a Real One Last?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-a-red-rose-isnt-enchanted-how-long-can-it-last-180962451/A Smithsonian expert says the film's was undoubtedly a hybrid tea roseTue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Marianne North's Obsession with the Carnivorous Pitcher Planthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/marianne-norths-obsession-with-the-carnivor/Painter Marianne North's obsession with local Borneo vegetation led her to one of the most unusual and rare plants in the worldTue, 14 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Do Male Birds Take on Larger Predators? Maybe Just to Impress the Ladieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/male-birds-who-mob-predators-may-not-be-heroes-we-think-180962500/Some mobbing behavior may be less about survival, and more about sexual selectionMon, 13 Mar 2017 17:46:00 +0000How Daily Images of the Entire Earth Will Change the Way We Look At Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-daily-images-entire-earth-will-change-way-we-look-it-180962467/With more satellites than any other company, Planet Labs gives environmental researchers daily dataMon, 13 Mar 2017 14:46:44 +0000How Humans Invented Numbers—And How Numbers Reshaped Our Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-humans-invented-numbersand-how-numbers-reshaped-our-world-180962485/Anthropologist Caleb Everett explores the subject in his new book, <em>Numbers and the Making Of Us</em>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:08:08 +0000Neuroscientists Unlock the Secrets of Memory Championshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-you-can-train-your-brain-memory-champion-still-forget-your-car-keys-180962496/Boosting your ability to remember lists, from facts to faces, is a matter of retraining your brainMon, 13 Mar 2017 13:26:20 +0000What Lions Look for in the Perfect Preyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-lions-look-for-in-the-perfect-prey/For lions hunting buffalo in the Manyeleti, calculation is always at play: An adult male buffalo may be harder to bring downMon, 13 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Trashy Beginnings of “Don’t Mess With Texas”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/trashy-beginnings-dont-mess-texas-180962490/A true story of the defining phrase of the Lone Star stateFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:55:35 +0000Why Is Itching So Contagious?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-itching-so-contagious-180962484/Scientists figure out how compulsive scratching spreads in mice, and maybe humansFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:33:06 +0000Scientists Delve Into Neanderthal Dental Plaque to Understand How They Lived and Atehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/delving-neanderthal-dental-plaque-understand-how-they-lived-and-ate-180962449/The plaque that coated Neanderthal teeth is shedding new light on how our ancestors ate, self-medicated and interacted with humansThu, 09 Mar 2017 16:22:23 +0000Adorable Ground Squirrels Playing in Sweltering Heathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/adorable-ground-squirrels-playing-in-swelter/Ground squirrels in the Kalahari have devised a remarkable method to guarantee portable shade: they use their tails as umbrellasThu, 09 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000In Its Layers, This Stunning Pink Coralline Algae Holds Secrets of Climates Past http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-layers-stunning-pink-coralline-algae-holds-secrets-climates-past-180962436/Unseen and unsung for centuries, these underwater species of coralline algae are providing scientists with an unparalleled new archive of informationWed, 08 Mar 2017 21:25:38 +0000What Happens When an Archaeologist Challenges Mainstream Scientific Thinking?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/jacques-cinq-mars-bluefish-caves-scientific-progress-180962410/The story of Jacques Cinq-Mars and the Bluefish Caves shows how toxic atmosphere can poison scientific progressWed, 08 Mar 2017 19:48:52 +0000Can Social Media Give Sharks a Better Reputation?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-social-media-give-sharks-better-reputation-180962411/A nonprofit called Ocearch is naming tagged sharks and giving them Twitter and Instagram accounts to ease fears and aid in conservationWed, 08 Mar 2017 17:59:14 +0000The Toxic Truth Behind Mardi Gras Beadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/toxic-truth-mardi-gras-beads-180962431/ Every year, 25 million pounds of plastic beads made by Chinese factory workers get dumped on the streets of New OrleansWed, 08 Mar 2017 16:10:12 +0000Two Smithsonian Scientists Retrace the Mysterious Circumstances of an 1866 Death and Change Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-smithsonian-scientists-retrace-mysterious-circumstances-1866-death-180962417/Did the 19th-century naturalist Robert Kennicott die of his own hand?Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:40:32 +0000Democrats Are For Mars, Republicans Are For The Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/moon-2026-180962344/The presidents' dream of "American footprints on distant worlds" means different things to different peopleTue, 07 Mar 2017 22:06:50 +0000To Understand Exotic Exoplanets, We Should Start in our Own Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/how-venus-could-help-us-understand-new-trappist-1-planets-180962267/Venus is the perfect laboratory for understanding what makes a planet habitable Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:40:33 +0000A New Exhibition Explores the Science and Math in Children's Book Illustrationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-exhibition-explores-science-and-math-childrens-book-illustrations-180962389/The 29 artworks on display capture the wonder in nature, engineering and discoveriesTue, 07 Mar 2017 15:33:26 +0000Scientists Track, For the First Time, One of the Rarest Songbirds on Its Yearlong Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientists-track-first-time-one-rarest-songbirds-its-yearlong-migration-180962390/The journey of the Kirtland’s warbler is discovered thanks to a combination of the latest tiny technology and centuries-old solar location methodsMon, 06 Mar 2017 21:02:22 +0000How a Soap Opera Virus Felled Hundreds of Students in Portugalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-soap-opera-virus-felled-hundreds-students-portugal-180962383/The “Strawberries With Sugar” outbreak is just one example of mass hysteria, which goes back centuriesMon, 06 Mar 2017 16:10:15 +0000Incredible: A Cheetah Sprints to Catch a Springbokhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-a-cheetah-sprints-to-catch-a-spr/A cheetah mother caring for her cubs stumbles across an opportunity too good to pass up: a herd of springbok, grazing casually nearbyMon, 06 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Supposedly Pristine, Untouched Amazon Rainforest Was Actually Shaped By Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pristine-untouched-amazonian-rainforest-was-actually-shaped-humans-180962378/Over thousands of years, native people played a strong role in molding the ecology of this vast wildernessFri, 03 Mar 2017 20:28:18 +0000How Albert Einstein Used His Fame to Denounce American Racism http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-celebrity-scientist-albert-einstein-used-fame-denounce-american-racism-180962356/The world-renowned physicist was never one to just stick to the scienceFri, 03 Mar 2017 15:08:24 +0000Watch a Male Seahorse Give Birth to Hundreds of Babieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/watch-a-male-seahorse-give-birth/Male seahorses are the ones who carry children and give birth. And when they do, they can produce up to 2,000 babies at one timeFri, 03 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The 17th-Century Lady Astronomer Who Took Measure of the Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lady-astronomer-who-took-on-most-advanced-science-180962142/Astronomer Maria Cunitz might not be such an anomaly, were other women given the same educational opportunities Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:50:23 +0000Human Pollution May Be Fertilizing The Oceans. That’s Not a Good Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-pollution-may-be-fertilizing-oceans-not-good-180962346/Our iron emissions from coal and steel may be fuelling ocean life, and trapping carbon in the processThu, 02 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000When Humans Begin Colonizing Other Planets, Who Should Be in Charge?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-begin-colonizing-other-planets-who-should-be-in-charge-180962331/The biggest threat humans pose to other worlds is what we don’t know—or what we think we know, but don’tWed, 01 Mar 2017 16:00:42 +0000What's Really Changed—and What Hasn’t—About Getting Humans to the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-will-modern-moon-mission-look-like-180962317/NASA’s Orion will combine vintage tech with massive advances in computing power and electronics we've made since 1972Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:12:00 +0000Scientists Make Art From Objects Invisible to the Naked Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-make-art-objects-invisible-naked-eye-180962309/Sophisticated microscopes, satellites and other instruments can create stunning images in experts’ handsTue, 28 Feb 2017 17:08:23 +0000Baboons Are Ruthless Reproducershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/baboons-are-ruthless-reproducers-180962299/These monkeys do whatever it takes to pass on their genes, including killing others’ offspringTue, 28 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Prehistoric Pointillism? Long Before Seurat, Ancient Artists Chiseled Mammoths Out of Dotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/prehistoric-pointillism-long-seurat-ancient-artists-chiseled-mammoths-out-dots-180962306/Newly discovered 38,000-year-old cave art predates the French post-Impressionist art formMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:59:22 +0000The Politics of Viewing Polar Bearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/politics-viewing-polar-bears-180962303/Tourists flock to this coastal Alaskan town to photograph the vulnerable icons—raising hairy ethical questionsMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:37:27 +0000Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bees-can-learn-play-soccer-score-one-insect-intelligence-180962292/Small as they are, bumblebee brains are surprisingly capable of mastering novel, complex tasks Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:44:56 +0000How Ancient Neanderthal DNA Still Influences Our Genes Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancient-neanderthal-dna-still-influences-our-genes-today-180962285/Far from being silent remnants, Neanderthal genes play a profound role in how modern human genes are expressed Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:06:36 +0000Why Mind Wandering Can Be So Miserable, According to Happiness Expertshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-mind-wandering-can-be-so-miserable-according-happiness-experts-180962265/We still don’t know why our minds seem so determined to exit the present moment, but researchers have a few ideasFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:53:08 +0000Why Elk Calves Are Undetectable to Yellowstone's Wolveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-elk-calves-are-undetectable-to-yellowsto/In Yellowstone, elk calves are left unprotected by their herd and are the easiest prey for wolves to catch. Luckily, the newborns have no scentFri, 24 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Child From 17th-Century Europe Might Have Rewritten the History of Smallpoxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/child-17th-century-Europe-might-rewritten-history-smallpox-180962114/The deadly scourge goes back for centuries, but how many?Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000E.O. Wilson Urges Tomorrow’s Scientists to Seek Earth’s Undiscovered Richeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eo-wilson-urges-tomorrows-scientists-seek-earths-undiscovered-riches-180962241/In a Smithsonian talk, the eminent biologist argued for more protected areas and greater efforts to map the diversity of lifeWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:10:12 +0000Scientists Spot Seven Earth-Sized Planets Orbiting a Nearby Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-spot-seven-earth-sized-exoplanets-around-nearby-dwarf-star-180962255/This newly discovered solar system presents the best opportunity yet to study potentially habitable worlds, NASA scientists reportWed, 22 Feb 2017 20:14:28 +0000