Social SciencesThe social sciences study cultural artifacts, innovations, language and behaviors to discover how humans relate to each other and to society
“Talking” apes are not just the stuff of science fiction; scientists have taught many apes to use some semblance of language
August 11, 2011 | By Erin Wayman
Carnivores aren't the only creatures munching on bones, and herbivores are not the strict vegans we think they are
August 04, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
By analyzing ancient pottery, Patrick McGovern is resurrecting the libations that fueled civilization
August 2011 | By Abigail Tucker
How do you make someone cry for the sake of science? The answer lies in a young Ricky Schroder
July 21, 2011 | By Richard Chin
Removed as minister of antiquities, the high profile archaeologist no longer holds the keys to 5,000 years of Egyptian history
July 18, 2011 | By Andrew Lawler
Do camouflaged predators explain why monkeys, apes and other primates evolved superior eyesight?
June 22, 2011 | By Erin Wayman
The Incas used llama dung as fertilizer to grow maize, and fuel an empire
May 24, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Coronary heart disease isn't just a modern problem--even the ancient Egyptians suffered from it
May 19, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
The United Nations announced this week that the world population is expected to reach 10 billion by the end of the century—and then just keep on growing (more details in the pdf). That's a big increase from the previous estimate of a peak of 9 billion that would then stabilize or shrink.Science mag...
May 05, 2011 | By Laura Helmuth
Now overgrown by jungle, the ancient site was once the thriving capital of the Maya civilization
May 2011 | By Chip Brown
Zombies seem to be only growing in popularity, and I'm not talking about the biological kind
April 18, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
As Israeli archaeologists recover artifacts from the religious site, ancient history inflames modern-day political tensions
April 2011 | By Joshua Hammer
Cannons. Gold dust. Turtle bones. For archaeologists researching the notorious pirate's flagship, every clue is priceless
March 2011 | By Abigail Tucker
Learning a minority language opens doors—and hearts
March 2011 | By Thomas Swick
George Pollard Jr. was not a very lucky sea captain. In 1819, he became captain of the whaling ship Essex, out of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and headed for the Pacific Ocean. Just four days out, though, a storm struck and damaged the ship. Still, Pollard pressed on, rounding Cape Horn in January 182...
February 15, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
The Sahara would seem to be an effective barrier for migration of anything other than birds. And so many scientists have assumed that early humans made their trek out of Africa---on their way to spread over the rest of the world---through the lush Nile River valley. However, there is little evidenc...
January 03, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Cyprus commemorates 50 years of nationhood and 11,000 years of civilization with an exhibition of more than 200 artifacts
January 2011 | By Megan Gambino
A German archaeologist has finally deciphered the Roman amphitheater's amazing underground labyrinth
January 2011 | By Tom Mueller
Is your office rather empty this week? Looking for something to read to fill the time? How about some great science and nature stories from Smithsonian? Here are my ten favorites from the past year:The Truth About Lions (January): Staff writer Abigail Tucker visits Craig Packer, who has been runnin...
December 28, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
An archaeologist insists a third giant statue lies near the cliffs where the Bamiyan Buddhas, destroyed in 2001, once stood
December 2010 | By Joshua Hammer