Smithsonian Science Education Center

New evidence has made scientists rethink sauropods as being purely land dwellers. (dottedhippo/iStock/Thinkstock)
Why does a curling stone curl?

Why Does a Curling Stone Curl?

February 7th, 2018, 3:43PM
The V flying position is important to increase distance. (Image: Ben Pieper Photography)
There are scientific investigations into whether animals use the Sun and Moon, Earth’s magnetic field, or recognition of landmarks to repeat their long journeys. (chantalrutledge/iStock/Thinkstock)

How Do Birds Navigate?

January 4th, 2018, 2:43PM
Around December 21, the Northern Hemisphere tilts the farthest away from the Sun. This is called the northern winter solstice, and it is when we have the least amount of daylight of any time of the year.

What is the Winter Solstice?

December 20th, 2017, 10:26AM
Joseph Henry (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-BH824-4499)

Joseph Henry: The Father of Weather Forecasting (And the First Smithsonian Secretary!)

December 11th, 2017, 3:48PM
How much do you know about water?

How Much Do You Know About Water?

October 2nd, 2017, 2:33PM
Next time you enjoy some creamy ice cream or zesty salad dressing, thank kelp! (Photo credit: Velvetfish/iStock/Thinkstock)

What Does All-Natural Mean?

January 21st, 2016, 12:46PM