Dunwich, England, is one of several underwater sites where divers are discovering new information about historic cultures
July 29, 2009 | By Robin T. Reid
July 22, 2009 | By Megan Gambino
Chemist and businessman Eric Stroud develops shark repellents to protect sharks from being ensnared in commercial fisheries
July 17, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
After a wonderful wedding and vacation, I'm back, and hugely grateful to Lisa and guest bloggers Abigail Tucker and Ashley Luthern for feeding the blog so richly in my absence!Our honeymoon took us to Ireland and northern Wales, destinations which I confess attracted me in part because they aren't ...
July 16, 2009 | By Amanda Bensen
Electrical engineer Annette von Jouanne is pioneering an ingenious way to generate clean, renewable electricity from the sea
July 2009 | By Elizabeth Rusch
For the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Douglas, Arizona was a place to "refresh the wells" and drive into the sunset
July 2009 | By Tom Miller
Between water shortages, erosion, and human population growth, the ecosystem and the animals of Kenya face serious risks
June 26, 2009 | By G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
There was a time when North and South America did not share a land border. Instead, a large river separated the two land masses. The animals and plants on the continents kept to themselves mostly, with the exception of the birds that refused to call any one place home.Then, 15 million years ago, th...
June 24, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
For thousands of years, the Pacific Ocean’s strong currents have swept shipwrecked Japanese sailors onto American shores
June 16, 2009 | By Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Eric Scigliano
Using 17th century techniques, volunteers built a replica of Henry Hudson's vessel in honor of the anniversary of his exploration
June 08, 2009 | By Wayne A. Hall
For over 25 years, researcher Dee Boersma has been coming with students in tow to Punta Tombo to study the penguins
June 04, 2009 | By Eric Wagner
Only two months into their lives, the chicks, with their now stronger flippers, take their first dive from the water’s edge
June 04, 2009 | By Eric Wagner
I was pleased to open my Washington Post this morning and see DC chef Barton Seaver on the front of the Food section. (And not just because he's such a cutie.) Seaver was one of the moderators at the Smithsonian Associates sustainable seafood event, and the Post article repeats several of the good ...
May 13, 2009 | By Amanda Bensen
I don't know about you, but I tend to eat more seafood in the summer, perhaps because it's so easy to grill. But it's tricky to know which seafood to eat. A Smithsonian Associates panel discussion I attended this spring, on "sustainable" seafood, had some good advice, although it also demonstrated ...
May 11, 2009 | By Amanda Bensen
Voracious, venomous lionfish are the first exotic species to invade coral reefs. Now divers, fishermen—and cooks—are fighting back
May 08, 2009 | By Anika Gupta
Smithsonian associate editor Bruce Hathaway guest blogs for us, chiming in about his love for solar cooking:The first days of May here in the Washington, D.C., area are usually ideal for solar cooking. The recent spate of rain-filled days has kept us from truly enjoying the out doors, but it won't ...
May 07, 2009 | By admin
Ballerina turned biologist Kristin Laidre gives her all to study the elusive, deep-diving, ice-loving whale known as the "unicorn of the sea"
May 2009 | By Abigail Tucker
In Florida's panhandle, vibrant Pensacola stakes its claim as the oldest European settlement in the United States
May 2009 | By Donovan Webster
Dry season on Barro Colorodo Island brings sun and low humidity to the plants, animals and researchers that dwell on this scientific nature reserve in the middle of the Panama Canal.Just the right conditions for scientists Jackie and Greg Willis to take their their annual 62-mile walk to count the ...
April 30, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
Smithsonian staff writer Abigail Tucker recently visited Niaqornat, Greenland as part of her reporting on tracking the elusive Narwhal. We asked her to share her unique culinary experiences while up in the Arctic cold.Knud Rasmussen, the grizzled adventurer who explored Greenland by dog sled in the...
April 23, 2009 | By admin