Roughly 40,000 years ago, the Neanderthals that lived in the Mediterranean disappeared. Whether they simply up and left, or died off, is anybody’s guess. They were still a common sight in western Europe for another 10,000 years, so outright extinction is off the table. In trying to understand what lead to the Neanderthal’s decline, archaeologists [...]
July 24, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Drought grips 55% of the US mainland causing a shortfall in crop production, with very low chances of it ending any time soon.
July 17, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Last week, the CDC released its Wedding Day Survival Plan, a document which reads like a natural disaster preparedness checklist.
July 16, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
The Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado was the most destructive in the state's history.
July 06, 2012 | By Sarah Laskow
Data visualizer John Nelson compiled historical earthquake records to produce this gorgeous, and informative, map. In all, 203,186 earthquakes are marked on the map, which is current through 2003. And it reveals the story of plate tectonics itself.
July 02, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Today, the New York Fire Department, along with a team of scientists, are going to burn down 20 vacant houses, furnished with goodies from hotel liquidation sales, with the aim of figuring out better ways of fighting plastic-fueled fires.
July 02, 2012 | By Sarah Laskow
Residents have so far been able to stay safe from the fires, but strong winds compounding on record high temperatures, a dry winter, and possibly a recent pine beetle infestation, have rocketed this year's fire season to be one of the most destructive in at least four decades.
June 27, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Frank Ward was a 17-year-old crewman when he saw the infamous disaster, but his memories of that day are still strong, 75 years later
May 02, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
A new addition to the Smithsonian collections tells a new story about the legendary disaster
May 2012 | By Abigail Tucker
Learn about the doomed voyage, the science behind the disaster and the passengers who survived
April 04, 2012 | By Smithsonian.com
As part of her plan to prepare Americans for the next "big one," the seismologist tackles the dangerous phenomenon of denial
February 2012 | By Amy Wallace
On the shore of Lake Superior, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum details the history of boats lost in the deep waters
April 21, 2011 | By Arcynta Ali Childs
Survivors of the Mentawai Tsunami say they had no warning that a giant wall of water was headed their way
October 28, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
Within weeks of January's devastating earthquake, Haiti's surviving painters and sculptors were taking solace from their work
September 2010 | By Bill Brubaker
Scientists are just beginning to grasp how profoundly oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill has devastated the region
September 2010 | By Michelle Nijhuis
To better understand the ancient Roman world, one archaeologist looks at the graffiti, love notes and poetry alike, left behind by Pompeians
July 27, 2010 | By Kristin Ohlson
Apocalyptic predictions are nothing new—they have been around for millennia
November 12, 2009 | By Mark Strauss
A 1910 wildfire that raged across three Western states helped advance the nation’s conservation efforts
September 17, 2009 | By Timothy Egan
"How am I going to save my grandbabies?" she asked after the hurricane struck, two years ago this month
August 2007 | By Maryalice Yakutchik
In Katrina's aftermath, the trumpeter has rallied support for his native New Orleans
November 01, 2005 | By Tom Piazza