Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenFri, 22 Sep 2017 17:03:41 +0000Modern Humans and Neanderthals May Be More Similar Than We Imagined remarkably preserved 49,000-year-old skeleton shows that Neanderthal kids may have grown slowly, like usFri, 22 Sep 2017 17:03:41 +0000Ancient DNA Helps Scientists Shed Light on How Ancient Africans Moved and Mixed techniques help explain why there is little genetic overlap between modern and ancient Malawi people—and promise much moreThu, 21 Sep 2017 17:54:30 +0000The Color-Changing Marvel of Tree Frogs Looking for Love new study sheds light on the wild world of "dynamically dichromatic" amphibiansThu, 21 Sep 2017 16:53:15 +0000How Mexico City’s Unique Geology Makes Deadly Earthquakes Even Worse entire country—but especially the capital—has all the ingredients for seismic catastropheWed, 20 Sep 2017 18:41:59 +0000How Scientists Engineered Cassini’s Final Demise After a rich scientific life, Cassini went out in a blaze, becoming one with the planet it had revolved around for so longWed, 20 Sep 2017 14:49:18 +0000A Honey Badger Barrels Through a Sharp Thorn Tree for Lunch rock rat is hiding from his predator, a honey badger, in the midst of a Namibian sweet thorn tree. But he doesn't count on his opponent's determinationWed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Star-Studded Photos Reveal the Beauty of Armenia's Ancient Landscapes photographer behind 'Your beautiful eyes' documents his country's storied landscape beneath canopies of starsWed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000What’s Actually New About Today’s Newfangled Birth Control Apps? futuristic-sounding apps are on the rise, but it’s key to separate the data from the hypeTue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000The World Has Millions of Colors. Why Do We Only Name a Few? scientists suggest that we name the colors of things we want to talk about Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Will Fake Mars Missions Actually Help Us Get to Mars?http://www.smithsonianmag.com we learn anything by pretending?Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:44:12 +0000How an Environmental Activist Became a Pioneer for Climate Justice in India India’s emissions will take more than science—it will take a new paradigm of de-colonialism, says Sunita NarainFri, 15 Sep 2017 16:19:11 +0000No Panda Cub From the Zoo's Mei Xiang This Year a summer of close monitoring, zoo officials announced the 19-year-old animal wouldn't be giving birthThu, 14 Sep 2017 21:03:03 +0000The National Parks Face a Looming Existential Crisis uncertainty and a changing climate converge to forge the park system's biggest challenge yetThu, 14 Sep 2017 15:20:00 +0000Your Childhood Experiences Can Permanently Change Your DNA investigation into more than 500 children shows that upbringing can have dramatic effects on human health Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000What's Really in That Tuna Roll? DNA Testing Can Help You Find Out rapidly evolving tech aims to empower consumers and shine a light on the food industryWed, 13 Sep 2017 14:23:37 +0000The Ultimate Summer Camp Activity: Digging for Dinosaurs the intrepid teenagers and teenagers-at-heart who swelter in the heat hunting for fossilsWed, 13 Sep 2017 12:00:20 +0000Oysters Can Get Herpes, And It's Killing Them A deadly virus threatens to decimate oyster populations around the worldTue, 12 Sep 2017 19:14:52 +0000With Smart Planning, Coffee and Bees Can Survive Climate Change a new study, a Smithsonian scientist says coffee-growers have optionsMon, 11 Sep 2017 19:50:43 +0000When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go On nutritionists have the Herculean task of feeding thousands of charges, come hurricane, tornado or terrorist attackMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:30:00 +0000Baby Tiger Travels by Southwest Jet, in Search of a Better Life in San Diego with his birthmother, a National Zoo cub seeks friendship in San DiegoMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:17:47 +0000This Honey Badger Endures Bee Stings for His Favorite Treat the honey badger is on a mission to taste honey for the first time. To do so, he must break into a hive and withstand the fury of a bee hordeMon, 11 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000The World is Running Out of Sand The little-known exploitation of this seemingly infinite resource could wreak political and environmental havocFri, 08 Sep 2017 15:15:59 +0000The World's Parasites Are Going Extinct. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Thing to one-third of parasite species could vanish over the next few decades, disrupting ecosystems and even human healthThu, 07 Sep 2017 20:12:37 +0000A Few Bad Scientists Are Threatening to Topple Taxonomy species forms the foundation of biology—but these rogue researchers are exposing the flaws in the systemThu, 07 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Moon Landing Was the Television Event of the Decade June 16, 1969, Americans filled highways, streets and homes to witness the launch of a rocket from the Kennedy Space Center: the legendary Apollo 11Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Unlikely Medical History of Chocolate Syrup the sundae staple went from treatment to just treat Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:42:32 +0000How Forest Forensics Could Prevent the Theft of Ancient Trees track down timber thieves, researchers are turning to new tech and tried-and-true criminal justice techniquesWed, 06 Sep 2017 15:32:58 +0000Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesota Pollinator Friendly Solar Act has solar companies and commercial beekeepers working togetherTue, 05 Sep 2017 19:40:25 +0000How Coastal Cities Are Evolving to Deal With Extreme Rain the specter of more and worse rainstorms, these vulnerable areas are turning to innovative urban design Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:41:03 +0000Stress Is Killing These Teeny Lemurs, and The Story Is In Their Hair the fur of Madagascar’s gray mouse lemurs reveal a bevy of environmental pressuresTue, 05 Sep 2017 14:30:05 +0000Forty Years Later, the Voyager Spacecraft Remain Beacons of Human Imagination the mission that opened Earth’s eyes to the vastness and wonder of spaceFri, 01 Sep 2017 18:45:56 +0000A Whale’s Baleen Bristles Reveal the Story of Its Life tree rings, these layered plates hold chemical clues to how the animals adapt to a changing worldFri, 01 Sep 2017 17:41:37 +0000The Secret Lives of Cannibal Stars Revealed, Thanks to 15th Century Korean Astronomers the first time ever, astrophysicists observe the entire life cycle of a binary star systemThu, 31 Aug 2017 16:24:53 +0000Once You See These Brand New "Screaming Armadillo" Pups, You'll Be Screaming Too armor is impervious to this cuteness now at the National ZooThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:36:32 +0000Prying Apart the Mighty Bite of a Malaysian Trap-Jaw Ant mandibles strike in a fraction of a blink of an eye, but how does it do it?Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:05:00 +0000Costa Rica Let a Juice Company Dump Their Orange Peels in the Forest—and It Helped a controversial experiment actually bore fruitWed, 30 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Killing Moose Can Save Caribou often requires difficult decisionsTue, 29 Aug 2017 17:40:08 +0000The Universe Needs You: To Help in the Hunt for Planet 9 one citizen science endeavor is using the Internet to democratize the search for distant worldsMon, 28 Aug 2017 13:46:59 +0000Will Supervolcanoes Help Power Our Future? new deposits of lithium could change the global politics of battery production—if we can get at themFri, 25 Aug 2017 15:10:36 +0000This 19th Century Lady Doctor Helped Usher Indian Women Into Medicine Joshee dedicated her career to treating women and helped blaze a path for international doctors training in the U.S.Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:12:09 +0000Scott Kelly's Journey Home After His Year in Space’s longest-orbiting astronaut describes his rocky return to Earth in this adaptation from his book 'Endurance'Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000One Scientist May Have Finally Figured Out the Mystery of Why a Civil War Submarine Sank Navy engineer used creative modeling and her knowledge of underwater explosions to tackle the century-old Hunley conundrumWed, 23 Aug 2017 18:21:54 +0000Bei Bei the Panda Cub Celebrates his Second Birthday in Style notorious sleepyhead manages to rouse himself for fansWed, 23 Aug 2017 16:56:11 +0000Whoa: Polygamous Wolf Spiders Have a Natural Form of Birth Control have figured out how to get rid of unwanted sperm, allowing them to reap the benefits of multiple matesWed, 23 Aug 2017 16:33:55 +0000A Dentist Weighs in On What Really Doomed the Franklin Expedition’s disease may have blackened the explorers' gums and hastened their demise, proposes a history-obsessed dentistry professorTue, 22 Aug 2017 18:54:32 +0000Warning: Here's a King Cobra Swallowing Another Snake Whole the King Cobra is about to eat. He’s sunk his teeth into an ambushed rat snake, shot a dose of neurotoxin into it, and is now about to swallow itTue, 22 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Watch Two King Cobras Romance Each Other cobra mating techniques aren’t subtle. To indicate his interest, the male will engage in frequent headbutting with the femaleMon, 21 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Eclipse 2017: In Pursuit of Totality’ve made plans, packed bags, obtained glasses. Here's what to read to fully appreciate this event in all its gloryFri, 18 Aug 2017 17:30:48 +0000What Humpback Whales Can Teach Us About Compassion these orca-fighting, seal-saving good Samaritans really just in it for themselves?Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000This New Mexico Petroglyph Might Reveal an Ancient Solar Eclipse 1097, a Pueblo artist may have etched a rare celestial event into the rock for all of posterityThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:37:31 +0000How Insect Poop Could Solve All Our Problems use their feces for weapons, navigation and gardening. Can we tap into this poop party?Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Is Why Taking Fish Medicine Is Truly a Bad Idea who misuse aquatic antibiotics are playing a dangerous game with their health, doctors and veterinarians say Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:12:45 +0000Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather Events?'s a challenge to attribute any one storm or heat wave to climate change, but scientists are getting closer Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:51:39 +0000The Big Unsexy Problem With Tiger Selfies drugging and caging the cats for Tinder photos is even more messed up than it soundsTue, 15 Aug 2017 13:12:00 +0000This Newly Excavated Underground Tunnel Reveals How 83 German Officers Escaped a World War II Prison Camp POWs burrowed to freedom from a Welsh encampment in 1945Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:38:42 +0000Scientists Are Using This Collection of Wood Samples to Combat Illegal Logging F. Wilson loved wood enough to amass the country’s premiere private collection. Now scientists are using it as a weapon against illegal loggingFri, 11 Aug 2017 13:02:22 +0000Underwater Robot Labs Monitor Toxins labs have been deployed in Lake Erie, where blooms of toxic algae have made water undrinkable in past years. Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:21:06 +0000The Deadly Grizzly Bear Attacks That Changed the National Park Service Forever to Glacier National Park had long conditioned the predators to seek food from humans, making the maulings somewhat inevitableThu, 10 Aug 2017 15:00:50 +0000How a Tree and Its Moth Shaped the Mojave Desert partnership between the Joshua tree and the yucca moth may be key to understanding how plants and insects co-evolveThu, 10 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Benjamin Franklin Mocked Eclipse Astrology to Elevate Science founding father used his almanacs to promote a scientific understanding of celestial events—often with withering humor Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Scholar Follows a Trail of Dead Mice and Discovers a Lesson in Why Museum Collections Matter former Smithsonian curator authors a new book, <i>Inside the Lost Museum</i> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Camel Spiders Are Fast, Furious and Horrifically Fascinating another mystery about these arachnids: Why are they so intent on mass-murdering ants?Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:09:17 +0000Did Scientists Just Unveil the Biggest Dinosaur of All Time? jury's still out—but if you can get over the size contest, far more fascinating patterns about these giants emerge Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:18:19 +0000Conservationists Hatch a Kiwi Cutie-Pie an endangered species, every kiwi countsWed, 09 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Your Body Reacts to Stress A little tension can keep you on your toes. Too much can break down the systemWed, 09 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Fly Guts Are Helping Researchers Catalog the Rainforest tiny, buzzing lab assistants provide scientists with a treasure trove of conservation dataMon, 07 Aug 2017 16:35:12 +0000How the Narwhal Got Its Tusk According to Inuit storytelling tradition, the narwhal was once an evil stepmother, who wove her hair into a tuskMon, 07 Aug 2017 14:53:47 +0000Is This Where Humanity Decided to Settle Down? analysis of ancient wild cereals from Göbekli Tepe reveal a remarkable similarity to modern strainsMon, 07 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Blueprint for Genetically Engineering a Super Coral some researchers are proposing a drastic measure to save a threatened ecosystemThu, 03 Aug 2017 15:06:15 +0000How One Brave Spider Floated Thousands of Miles to Colonize a New Continent, new genetic analysis shows that trapdoor spiders may have ridden ocean currents from Africa to AustraliaWed, 02 Aug 2017 19:02:18 +0000To Understand the Elusive Musk Ox, Researchers Must Become Its Worst Fear posing as a grizzly helps one biologist grasp the threats facing this ancient beastWed, 02 Aug 2017 14:28:08 +0000Smithsonian Scientists Are Using Algae to Revitalize America’s Waterways Adey’s algal turf scrubber filters pollutants to clean waterWed, 02 Aug 2017 13:34:12 +0000Could We See Glow-in-the-Dark Aliens From Earth? life might make its own light to protect itself from harmful radiationTue, 01 Aug 2017 15:37:16 +0000How One Bad Science Headline Can Echo Across the Internet articles claiming birth control causes “transgender" fish show how science communication can mislead—even when it relies on factsMon, 31 Jul 2017 18:09:01 +0000Are Humans to Blame for the Disappearance of Earth’s Fantastic Beasts?,000 years ago, giant sloths, wombats and cave hyenas roamed the world. What drove them all extinct?Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000Holy Guacamole: How the Hass Avocado Conquered the World one California postman's delicious mistake now graces toast and tacos from California to New ZealandFri, 28 Jul 2017 17:17:48 +0000Guess What? Space is Full of Booze’ll toast to thatFri, 28 Jul 2017 14:42:26 +0000Eclipse Hunters Looking for a Clear View Should Thank the Weather Service That Came Out of the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com book chronicles how a nascent weather service rose from the ashes of the Civil WarThu, 27 Jul 2017 17:04:22 +0000Ten Things We've Learned about Sharks Since Last Shark Week light of Shark Week 2017, here are some revelations about the fearsome fish we’ve made in the past yearThu, 27 Jul 2017 15:32:40 +0000The Lady Anatomist Who Brought Dead Bodies to Light Morandi was the brains and the skilled hand of an unusual husband-wife partnershipWed, 26 Jul 2017 13:15:00 +0000Behind the Scenes: Skinning Condors in the Name of Science intrepid reporter documents the careful science, artistry and gross factor of a very strange partyTue, 25 Jul 2017 18:25:41 +0000Meet the Supervillain Worm That Gets By With a Little Help From Its Friends deadly nematode and its sidekicks reveal the power of bacterial symbiosisTue, 25 Jul 2017 16:29:52 +0000