Science | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenThu, 14 Jan 2021 16:22:29 +0000Shocking Study Finds Electric Eels Hunt Togetherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/01/14/shocking-study-finds-electric-eels-hunt-together/The study challenges what researchers know about eels’ supposed loner behaviorThu, 14 Jan 2021 16:22:29 +0000Why Are Lightning 'Superbolts' More Common Over the Ocean?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-are-lightning-superbolts-more-common-over-ocean-180976707/Salt seems to be the reason why bolts are brighter over seas than over landThu, 14 Jan 2021 13:00:00 +000045,000-Year-Old Pig Painting in Indonesia May Be Oldest Known Animal Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/45000-year-old-pig-painting-indonesia-may-be-oldest-known-animal-art-180976748/Ice Age cave painters flourished in Southeast Asia, where their work adorned rock wallsWed, 13 Jan 2021 19:00:00 +0000What Antarctic Meteorites Tell Us About Earth's Originshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/01/12/what-antarctic-meteorites-tell-us-about-earths-origins/Each year, Smithsonian scientists collect hundreds of meteorites from Antarctica that reveal details about the origins of Earth and our solar systemTue, 12 Jan 2021 19:09:58 +0000Why PTSD May Plague Many Hospitalized Covid-19 Survivorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-ptsd-may-plague-many-covid-19-survivors-180976715/Scientists warn about the likelihood of post-traumatic stress disorder for patients discharged from the intensive care unit Tue, 12 Jan 2021 16:00:07 +0000Invasive Brown Tree Snakes Stun Scientists With Amazing New Climbing Tactic https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/invasive-brown-tree-snakes-stun-scientists-amazing-new-climbing-tactic-180976728/The successful predator, which has decimated bird populations on Guam, lassoes its body around poles in order to propel itself upwardsMon, 11 Jan 2021 16:00:00 +0000A Doomed Arctic Expedition, Number-Free Math and Other New Books to Readhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/doomed-arctic-expedition-math-without-numbers-and-other-new-books-read-180976706/These five January releases may have been lost in the news cycleMon, 11 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000A New Device Tracks Lobsters as They Move Through the Supply Chainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-device-tracks-lobsters-as-they-move-through-supply-chain-180976709/Researchers hope the technology can be used to reduce the number of the crustaceans that die along the wayFri, 08 Jan 2021 15:44:28 +0000Ten Innovators to Watch in 2021https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-innovators-watch-2021-180976689/These visionaries are imagining an exciting future with chicken-less eggs, self-piloting ships and moreThu, 07 Jan 2021 13:30:00 +0000Ten Celestial Events to Look Forward to in 2021https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-celestial-events-look-forward-2021-180976687/Eclipses, meteor showers and dazzling views of planets will excite amateur and professional astronomers alike in North America Thu, 07 Jan 2021 13:00:00 +0000The Way Americans Remember the Blackwell Sisters Shortchanges Their Legacyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/way-americans-remember-blackwell-sisters-shortchanges-their-incredible-legacy-180976672/Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell deserve to have their incredible stories told in fullWed, 06 Jan 2021 15:03:15 +0000Have Any North American Species Become Invasive Elsewhere in the World?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/north-american-species-invasive-species-elsewhere-180976530/You've got question. We've got expertsWed, 06 Jan 2021 15:00:00 +0000Meet One of the Curators Behind the Smithsonian's 640,000 Birdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/01/05/meet-one-curators-behind-smithsonians-640000-birds/Helen James' work on avian extinction helps in understanding how bird species today respond to threats like human encroachment and environmental changeTue, 05 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0000An Evening With Martin Sheen and 24 Other Smithsonian Programs Streaming in Januaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2020/12/31/evening-martin-sheen-and-24-other-smithsonian-programs-streaming-january/Kick off the New Year with Smithsonian Associates' virtual multi-part courses, studio arts classes and study tours Tue, 05 Jan 2021 14:45:31 +0000How Dung Beetles Roll Their Food in a Straight Linehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-dung-beetles-roll-their-food-straight-line-180976667/As they craft their humble lives from piles of manure, the insects look to the skies for directionTue, 05 Jan 2021 14:30:00 +0000The Lost History of Yellowstonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lost-history-yellowstone-180976518/Debunking the myth that the great national park was a wilderness untouched by humansTue, 05 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000How Much Did Grandmothers Influence Human Evolution?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-much-did-grandmothers-influence-human-evolution-180976665/Scientists debate the evolutionary benefits of menopauseMon, 04 Jan 2021 13:00:00 +0000What Japan's Wild Snow Monkeys Can Teach Us About Animal Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/japan-wild-snow-monkeys-teach-scientits-how-animals-pass-skills-180976488/Scientists have been studying the primates at some of the nation's hot springs, and what they have learned about evolution is astonishingMon, 04 Jan 2021 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Most Significant Science Stories of 2020https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-most-significant-science-stories-2020-180976660/From the rapid development of vaccines for Covid-19 to the stunning collection of an asteroid sample, these were the biggest science moments of the yearThu, 31 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000Eight Aww-Inspiring Videos of the Year's Best Animal and Conservation Storieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2020/12/28/8-aww-inspiring-videos-years-best-animal-and-conservation-stories/From a litter of chirping cheetahs and the birth of a lovable giant panda cub to groundbreaking coral reef research and new strides in animal careWed, 30 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000Six Free Natural History Programs Streaming in Januaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/12/28/six-free-natural-history-programs-streaming-january/Stream these free programs and more this January through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.Wed, 30 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000You Can Eat Your Christmas Tree. Here's How to Do Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-can-eat-your-christmas-tree-heres-how-to-do-it-180976652/Turn your once-ornamented tree into something scrumptiousWed, 30 Dec 2020 13:30:00 +0000Our Ten Most Popular Stories of 2020https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/our-top-ten-stories-2020-180976644/From Anglo-Saxon artifacts to copper's antibacterial properties, systemic racism and murder hornets, these were the most-read stories of the yearWed, 30 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000Ten New Things We Learned About Human Origins in 2020https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ten-new-things-we-learned-about-human-origins-2020-180976632/Smithsonian’s archaeologist Ella Beaudoin and paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner reveal some of the year’s best findings in human origins studies Tue, 29 Dec 2020 16:43:36 +0000Twenty-Four Ways to Turn Outdoor Passions Into Citizen Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/24-ways-to-turn-outdoor-passions-citizen-science-180976637/Heading into the new year, consider collecting scientific data while skiing, hiking, surfing, biking and partaking in other adventuresTue, 29 Dec 2020 13:30:00 +0000Scientists Recreate 1890s Fishing Surveys to Show How the Sea Has Changedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-recreate-1890s-fishing-surveys-show-how-sea-has-changed-180976631/By retracing the steps of scientists working at the turn of the last century, modern researchers document how fish communities have been alteredTue, 29 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000Five Things We Learned From Astronaut Victor Gloverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/air-space-museum/2020/12/23/five-things-we-learned-victor-glover/Discover what it's really like to live and work in space! Astronaut Victor Glover shares his thoughts and little-known facts about being an astronautMon, 28 Dec 2020 20:08:29 +0000Meet the Team Racing to Break the World's Land-Speed Record in a Jet-Powered Carhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/800-mph-jet-powered-car-180976346/More fighter jet than car, the Bloodhound LSR will need to reach 800 miles per hour as it rides the highway to the danger zoneMon, 28 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000Ten Scientific Discoveries From 2020 That May Lead to New Inventionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-scientific-discoveries-2020-may-lead-new-inventions-180976616/From soaring snakes to surfing suckerfish, nature is an endless source of inspirationMon, 28 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000How the Actors of 'The Midnight Sky' Prepared to Play Astronautshttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/george-clooneys-netflix-film-i-midnight-skyi-crew-mid-21st-century-planetary-exploration-mission-faces-impossible-choice-180976611/Actors David Oyelowo and Demián Bechir discuss their roles as astronauts investigating a potentially habitable Jovian moonWed, 23 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000The Biology of Mistletoehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/biology-mistletoe-180976601/Best known as a holiday trimming, the parasitic plant is a botanical luminary in its own rightWed, 23 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000Best Children's Books About Space of 2020https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/best-childrens-books-2020-180976390/The year's best aviation- and space-themed books for young readersWed, 23 Dec 2020 11:00:00 +0000The Top Ten Dinosaur Discoveries of 2020https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-ten-dinosaur-discoveries-2020-180976578/Paleontologists uncovered a great deal about the “terrible lizards” this yearTue, 22 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000Why Scientists Find Snowflakes Coolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/12/21/why-scientists-find-snowflakes-cool/Mineralogists study snowflakes to learn more about how water in its solid phase behavesMon, 21 Dec 2020 18:31:01 +0000The United States Space Force Turns Onehttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/space-force-turns-one-180976342/The newest branch of the U.S. armed services pitches its tent on a vast battlefieldMon, 21 Dec 2020 15:33:48 +0000Twenty-Five of Our Favorite Stories From 2020https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/twenty-five-stories-you-might-have-missed-2020-180976584/Smithsonian editors highlight some articles you might have missed from the past yearMon, 21 Dec 2020 14:27:24 +0000The Museum That Fell From the Skyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/museum-fell-sky-180976347/An Ohio native preserves the story of the Navy’s first rigid airshipMon, 21 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000Ancient European Hunters Carved Human Bones Into Weaponshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-european-hunters-carved-human-bones-weapons-180976570/Scientists suggest 10,000-year-old barbed points washed up on Dutch beaches were made for cultural reasonsMon, 21 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000How We Lifted Flight From Bird Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/12/17/how-we-lifted-flight-bird-evolution/The path to flight in modern birds was full of forks, twists and dead endsThu, 17 Dec 2020 16:22:43 +0000How the Belief in American Exceptionalism Has Shaped the Pandemic Responsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-uss-values-and-american-exceptionalism-have-shaped-our-pandemic-response-180976573/A political scientist discusses how national identity influences how the country has dealt with the Covid-19 crisisThu, 17 Dec 2020 15:53:25 +0000The Weirdest Objects in the Universehttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/weirdest-objects-universe-180976341/With a new encyclopedia, seekers for intelligent life ask astronomers to reexamine the skyThu, 17 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000The Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2020https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-ten-ocean-stories-2020-180976558/From the discovery of a giant coral reef pinnacle to a shocking estimate of plastics on the seafloor, these were the biggest marine moments of the yearThu, 17 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Human Challenge Trialshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/brief-history-human-challenge-trials-180976556/For more than two centuries, scientists have been intentionally infecting patients with dangerous diseases in order to learn moreWed, 16 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000How Ancient DNA Unearths Corn's A-Maize-ing Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/12/14/how-ancient-dna-unearths-corns-maize-ing-history/New study shows how extracting whole genomes from ancient material opens the door for new research questions and breathes new life into old samplesTue, 15 Dec 2020 18:58:36 +0000How Denali National Park's Sled Dogs Prepare for Winterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-denali-national-parks-sled-dogs-prepare-for-winter-180976550/For nearly a century, park rangers have relied on dogsledding to patrol the public land and collect data for scientistsTue, 15 Dec 2020 15:52:32 +0000These Conservation Stories Prove 2020 Was Not All Bad Newshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-conservation-storeis-prove-2020-was-not-all-bad-news-180976512/From the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism team, comes a surprising list of successful efforts making a differenceMon, 14 Dec 2020 15:44:18 +0000Will the Slender-Yoke Moss Be Saved?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/will-slender-yoke-moss-be-saved-180976539/In the crush of conservation priorities, scientists grapple with how to help an endangered species with no obvious valueMon, 14 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000What Life in NASA's Mars Simulator on Hawaii's Mauna Loa Volcano Is Likehttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/boldly-go-interview-tk-180976378/Anyone hungry for an egg powder omelet? Mon, 14 Dec 2020 11:00:00 +0000These Non-Lethal Methods Encouraged by Science Can Keep Wolves From Killing Livestockhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-non-lethal-methods-encouraged-science-can-keep-wolves-killing-livestock-180976505/Experts say old, repurposed techniques and new technologies may be better than bullets at curbing attacks by the predators Fri, 11 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000Earth's Harshest Ecosystems May Birth New Species Fastesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-species-may-arise-more-frequently-earths-barren-ecosystems-180976517/A genetic study of nearly 1,300 different birds suggests places with fewer species spit out new ones more frequently than biodiversity hotspotsThu, 10 Dec 2020 19:00:00 +0000Ten Exquisite Creatures That Once Roamed the Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ten-exquisite-creatures-once-roamed-earth-180976462/From Smithsonian Books, comes a magnificent tome to highlight evolution's greatest hitsThu, 10 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000How Researchers Are Protecting Great Apes From Covid-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-researchers-are-protecting-great-apes-covid-19-180976468/Humans who study and care for the primates are taking precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and its unknown effectsTue, 08 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000Rare Iridescent Snake Discovered in Vietnamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/12/07/rare-iridescent-snake-discovered-vietnam/The discovery could help scientists piece together new information about snake evolution. Mon, 07 Dec 2020 18:23:47 +0000The Best Books of 2020https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-books-2020-180976456/In our efforts to increase and diffuse knowledge, we highly recommend these 80 titles released this yearMon, 07 Dec 2020 16:27:22 +0000Smithsonian's Giant Pandas Will Continue to Cavort for Three More Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-giant-pandas-will-continue-cavort-three-more-years-1-180976466/A new agreement ensures that the Zoo’s beloved animals and the new cub can stay through 2023Mon, 07 Dec 2020 15:03:36 +0000Meet Tasi, a Little Bird with a Big Purposehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2020/12/02/meet-tasi-little-bird-big-purpose/A 4-year-old Guam rail is a marvel, considering that just a few decades ago his species nearly disappearedFri, 04 Dec 2020 15:08:07 +0000The Horse Flu Epidemic That Brought 19th-Century America to a Stophttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-horse-flu-epidemic-brought-19th-century-america-stop-180976453/An equine influenza in 1872 laid bare how essential horses were to the economyFri, 04 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000How Dinosaurs Thrived in the Snowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-dinosaurs-thrived-snow-180976435/Discoveries made in the past decades help show how many species coped with cold temperatures near both polesThu, 03 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Scholars Pick Their Favorite Books of 2020https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-scholars-pick-their-favorite-books-2020-180976433/This wide-ranging list offers much-needed context for the issues at the forefront of the national conversationThu, 03 Dec 2020 12:30:00 +0000The Smithsonian’s Evolving Role as the Nation’s Knowledge Partnerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-education/2020/12/01/smithsonians-evolving-role-nations-knowledge-partner/Museum education has had a long, ever evolving history at the Smithsonian that can be found at the heart of its mission todayTue, 01 Dec 2020 16:23:39 +0000How Covid-19 Drove New Polio Cases in Afghanistanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-covid-19-drove-new-polio-cases-afghanistan-180976421/Due to the pandemic, a total of 50 million children did not receive the polio vaccine in Afghanistan and PakistanTue, 01 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Best Science Books of 2020https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-best-science-books-2020-180976414/New titles explore the mysterious lives of eels, the science of fear and our connections to the starsFri, 27 Nov 2020 13:30:00 +0000The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts in 2020https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-best-stem-toys-give-gifts-2020-180976402/Tested and reviewed by engineers, these top picks make coding, robotics and engineering more accessible than everFri, 27 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0000Why National Marine Sanctuaries Are Another of America's Best Ideashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-national-marine-sanctuaries-are-another-americas-best-ideas-180976298/Chart the waters of America's 14 aquatic sanctuaries in this new offering from Smithsonian BooksWed, 25 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0000The Ten Best Books About Food of 2020https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ten-best-books-about-food-2020-180976406/From cookbooks to grocery-store exposés, these new books will tempt palates and fuel curiosityWed, 25 Nov 2020 13:30:00 +0000View Amazing Photos and Video of a Turkey Dust Bathinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/view-amazing-photos-and-video-turkey-dust-bathing-180976403/A New York photographer captured stunning footage of this captivating behavior in her backyard Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0000Our Thanksgiving Menu Has Lost a Few Cropshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/11/24/our-thanksgiving-menu-has-lost-few-crops/Studying the domestication of any crop that people once ate helps scientists reveal how modern crops have evolvedWed, 25 Nov 2020 11:00:00 +0000China Prepares to Launch Its Most Ambitious Moon Mission Yethttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/china-launch-its-most-daring-moon-mission-yet-180976327/Chang’e-5 will be the first lunar sample return since the robotic Soviet Luna 24 mission in 1976Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:51:23 +0000What Is the Best Strategy to Deploy a Covid-19 Vaccine?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-best-strategy-deploy-covid-19-vaccine-180976331/Mathematicians are modeling different scenarios for a vaccine rollout to see what may work bestMon, 23 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0000Into Thicker Air and Onto Thinner Ice: How Climate Change Is Affecting Mount Everesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/thicker-air-and-thinner-ice-how-climate-change-affecting-mount-everest-180976360/Researchers have documented that the high-altitude air is gaining more oxygen and large glaciers are melting at rapid ratesFri, 20 Nov 2020 13:20:09 +0000Why Do the Planets All Orbit the Sun in the Same Plane?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-do-planets-orbit-sun-same-plane-180976243/You've got questions. We've got expertsThu, 19 Nov 2020 15:00:00 +0000A New Generation of Autonomous Vessels Is Looking to Catch Illegal Fishershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-generation-autonomous-vessels-looking-catch-illegal-fishers-180976336/A design challenge has tech companies racing to build a robot that can police illegal fishing in marine protected areasThu, 19 Nov 2020 13:30:00 +0000Scientists Create a Buzz With the First Ever Global Map of Bee Species https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-create-buzz-first-ever-global-map-bee-species-180976348/Most of the insects avoid the tropics and choose treeless environments in arid parts of the worldThu, 19 Nov 2020 13:00:45 +0000The Most Famous Dogs of Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/most-famous-dogs-science-180976324/These iconic canines have helped scientists make key discoveries, from archeological finds to cures for diseaseWed, 18 Nov 2020 15:39:07 +0000First Evidence of Parasites in Dinosaur Bones Foundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/first-evidence-parasites-dinosaur-bones-found-180976309/A team of paleontologists used CT scans and tissue samples to uncover blood pathogens in an infected titanosaur Wed, 18 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0000Why Seagrass Could Be the Ocean's Secret Weapon Against Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seagrass-ocean-secret-weapon-climate-change-180976235/A vast, mostly invisible ecosystem crucial to our life on Earth is in trouble, but efforts to save the 'prairies of the sea' are finally coming into focusWed, 18 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0000