Science | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Flowers Manipulate Light to Send Secret Signals to Beeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/flowers-manipulate-light-to-send-secret-signals-bees-180965316/ Come-hither blue haloes are just one of the effects employed by nature’s first nanotechnologists Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The "Science" Behind "Geostorm", the Newest Weather-Fueled Doomsday Flickhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-geostorm-newest-weather-fueled-doomsday-flick-180965303/Researchers have long sought control over the weather, but have yet to find a realistic way to master itWed, 18 Oct 2017 14:46:49 +0000How Japan's Bear-Worshipping Indigenous Group Fought Its Way to Cultural Relevance https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-bear-worshipping-group-in-japan-fought-for-cultural-relevance-180965281/For a long time, Japanese anthropologists and officials tried to bury the Ainu. It didn't workWed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Inventing a Vocabulary to Help Inuit People Talk About Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inventing-vocabulary-to-help-inuit-people-talk-about-climate-change-180965062/One team is working with Inuvialuit elders to come up with a renewable energy terminology—and maybe revive a dying languageTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Are the Three Main Categories of Bloodstain Patternshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/these-are-the-three-main-categories-of-blood/Bloodstain pattern analysis is used in murder investigations - analysts draw on chemistry, mathematics and physics to determine the area of originTue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Ten Technologies That Will Change Our Lives, Soonishhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-technologies-will-change-our-lives-soonish-180965276/A scientist and admired cartoonist explore how today’s research is becoming tomorrow’s innovations in a new bookMon, 16 Oct 2017 16:42:38 +0000Why NASA Needs To Establish Martian Lawhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-nasa-needs-to-establish-martian-law-180965259/Future Mars colonists may want to form their own legal system. What would stop them?Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:55:24 +0000Mothers Adopt a Universal Tone of Voice When They Talk To Babieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mothers-adopt-universal-tone-voice-when-they-talk-to-babies-180965260/And other surprising facts about how we speak to infantsFri, 13 Oct 2017 15:58:53 +0000The 1938 Hurricane That Revived New England's Fall Colorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1938-hurricane-revived-new-englands-fall-colors-180964975/An epic natural disaster restored the forest of an earlier AmericaThu, 12 Oct 2017 13:55:07 +0000The Musk Turtle Beer Koozie and Other Household Items We Use for Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/turtle-beer-koozie-and-other-household-items-we-use-science-180965054/When the going gets tough, creative researchers turn to plastic lizard protectors, monkey loofahs and deer vagina trackersWed, 11 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Island Where Scientists Bring Extinct Reptiles Back to Life (Nope, Not That One)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/island-where-scientists-bring-extinct-reptiles-back-life-180965041/Reviving a long-dead Galapagos tortoise will take Jurassic Park-esque tactics—but have humans already intervened too much?Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Trinity Site Offers a Rare Chance to Visit Ground Zero of the World’s First Atomic Bomb Explosionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/trinity-site-open-house-offers-public-rare-glimpse-atomic-bomb-site-180965110/The detonation site is only open to civilians twice a yearFri, 06 Oct 2017 15:51:16 +0000How to Give Dead Animals a Second Life: The Art of Skeleton Articulationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-give-dead-animals-second-life-art-skeleton-articulation-180965113/Mike deRoos and Michi Main build beautiful models from the remains of Pacific sea creaturesThu, 05 Oct 2017 16:12:12 +0000How the American Women Codebreakers of WWII Helped Win the Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-women-codebreakers-wwii-helped-win-war-180965058/A new book documents the triumphs and challenges of more than 10,000 women who worked behind the scenes of wartime intelligenceThu, 05 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Explore the Secret Lives of Animals With These Marvelous Mapshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/explore-secret-lives-animals-these-marvelous-maps-180965070/A new book considers how sophisticated tracking technology and the data it collects can improve conservation strategiesTue, 03 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Stinky Cheese Tells Us About the Science of Disgusthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-stinky-cheese-tells-us-about-disgust-180965017/Why does this pungent delicacy give some the munchies, but send others reeling to the toilet?Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Does Human Echolocation Work?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-does-human-echolocation-work-180965063/Blind since he was very young, Daniel Kish is the world's foremost proponent of using vocal clicks to navigateMon, 02 Oct 2017 13:45:57 +0000With Federal Funds Dwindling, Climate Scientists Turn to Unusual Partnerships to Study Methane in a Warming Arctichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/climate-scientists-turn-to-unusual-partnerships-arctic-180965015/As the urgency of climate change becomes tangible to those in the Arctic, federal funds are growing harder to come byFri, 29 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Ancient Whale Baleen Artifacts Can Now Tell New Storieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-ancient-artifacts-crafted-whale-baleen-can-now-tell-new-stories-180965066/How an innovative protein analysis technique helped solve a decades-old mystery Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Rock Lobster From a Farm Could Soon Be Coming To a Menu Near Youhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rock-lobster-farm-could-soon-be-coming-menu-near-you-180965064/Rock lobster isn't just a B52's song, it's a beloved meal around the world. And now scientists have figured out how to raise them on a farmThu, 28 Sep 2017 19:59:20 +0000The Chemistry and Physics Behind the Perfect Cup of Coffeehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-brewing-great-cup-coffee-180965049/How science helps your barista brew your espresso perfectly every timeThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:26:03 +0000Fall in Love With This Newly Discovered Giant Island Rathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fall-love-newly-discovered-giant-island-rat-180965033/The Vangunu rat is the first rodent species to come to light on the Solomon Islands in 80 years—and it’s already endangeredWed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Your Frustration Helps Your Baby Learn https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-your-frustration-helps-baby-learn-180965011/Watching adults struggle with a difficult task can teach young children the value of hard workMon, 25 Sep 2017 17:11:53 +0000Modern Humans and Neanderthals May Be More Similar Than We Imaginedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-neanderthal-children-grow-lot-modern-human-children-180964993/A remarkably preserved 49,000-year-old skeleton shows that Neanderthal kids may have grown slowly, like usFri, 22 Sep 2017 17:03:41 +0000Ancient DNA Helps Scientists Shed Light on How Ancient Africans Moved and Mixedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-complete-first-major-study-ancient-human-dna-africa-180964973/New techniques help explain why there is little genetic overlap between modern and ancient Malawi people—and promise much moreThu, 21 Sep 2017 17:54:30 +0000The Color-Changing Marvel of Tree Frogs Looking for Lovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/color-changing-marvel-tree-frogs-looking-love-180964976/A new study sheds light on the wild world of "dynamically dichromatic" amphibiansThu, 21 Sep 2017 16:53:15 +0000How Mexico City’s Unique Geology Makes Deadly Earthquakes Even Worsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-mexico-citys-unique-geology-makes-earthquakes-even-worse-180964972/The entire country—but especially the capital—has all the ingredients for seismic catastropheWed, 20 Sep 2017 18:41:59 +0000How Scientists Engineered Cassini’s Final Demisehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-scientists-engineered-cassinis-final-demise-180964953/ After a rich scientific life, Cassini went out in a blaze, becoming one with the planet it had revolved around for so longWed, 20 Sep 2017 14:49:18 +0000A Honey Badger Barrels Through a Sharp Thorn Tree for Lunchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-honey-badger-barrels-through-a-sharp-thorn/A rock rat is hiding from his predator, a honey badger, in the midst of a Namibian sweet thorn tree. But he doesn't count on his opponent's determinationWed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Star-Studded Photos Reveal the Beauty of Armenia's Ancient Landscapeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenia-night-local-lens-landscape-ancient-suren-manvelyan-180964781/The photographer behind 'Your beautiful eyes' documents his country's storied landscape beneath canopies of starsWed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000What’s Actually New About Today’s Newfangled Birth Control Apps?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-actually-new-about-todays-newfangled-birth-control-apps-180964933/These futuristic-sounding apps are on the rise, but it’s key to separate the data from the hypeTue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000The World Has Millions of Colors. Why Do We Only Name a Few?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-different-languages-name-different-colors-180964945/Cognitive scientists suggest that we name the colors of things we want to talk about Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Will Fake Mars Missions Actually Help Us Get to Mars?https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/mars-fakers-180964343/Can we learn anything by pretending?Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:44:12 +0000How an Environmental Activist Became a Pioneer for Climate Justice in Indiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/indian-activists-path-climate-justice-180964866/Reducing India’s emissions will take more than science—it will take a new paradigm of de-colonialism, says Sunita NarainFri, 15 Sep 2017 16:19:11 +0000No Panda Cub From the Zoo's Mei Xiang This Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/no-panda-cub-from-zoo-mei-xiang-this-year-180964581/After a summer of close monitoring, zoo officials announced the 19-year-old animal wouldn't be giving birthThu, 14 Sep 2017 21:03:03 +0000The National Parks Face a Looming Existential Crisishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/national-parks-existential-crisis-180964880/Political uncertainty and a changing climate converge to forge the park system's biggest challenge yetThu, 14 Sep 2017 15:20:00 +0000Your Childhood Experiences Can Permanently Change Your DNAhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-childhood-environment-can-permanently-change-DNA-180964869/An investigation into more than 500 children shows that upbringing can have dramatic effects on human health Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000What's Really in That Tuna Roll? DNA Testing Can Help You Find Outhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-really-in-that-tuna-roll-dna-sequencing-180964850/This rapidly evolving tech aims to empower consumers and shine a light on the food industryWed, 13 Sep 2017 14:23:37 +0000The Ultimate Summer Camp Activity: Digging for Dinosaurshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ultimate-summer-camp-activity-digging-dinosaurs-180964862/Meet the intrepid teenagers and teenagers-at-heart who swelter in the heat hunting for fossilsWed, 13 Sep 2017 12:00:20 +0000Oysters Can Get Herpes, And It's Killing Them https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deadly-herpes-virus-threatening-oysters-around-world-180964851/ A deadly virus threatens to decimate oyster populations around the worldTue, 12 Sep 2017 19:14:52 +0000With Smart Planning, Coffee and Bees Can Survive Climate Change https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tropical-bees-and-coffee-will-survive-climate-change-smart-planning-180964836/In a new study, a Smithsonian scientist says coffee-growers have optionsMon, 11 Sep 2017 19:50:43 +0000When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go Onhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-you-feed-zoo-during-disaster-180964838/Zoo nutritionists have the Herculean task of feeding thousands of charges, come hurricane, tornado or terrorist attackMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:30:00 +0000Baby Tiger Travels by Southwest Jet, in Search of a Better Life in San Diegohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/baby-tiger-travels-southwest-jet-search-better-life-san-diego-180964839/Incompatible with his birthmother, a National Zoo cub seeks friendship in San DiegoMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:17:47 +0000This Honey Badger Endures Bee Stings for His Favorite Treathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-honey-badger-endures-bee-stings-for-his/Grit the honey badger is on a mission to taste honey for the first time. To do so, he must break into a hive and withstand the fury of a bee hordeMon, 11 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000The World is Running Out of Sandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/world-facing-global-sand-crisis-180964815/ The little-known exploitation of this seemingly infinite resource could wreak political and environmental havocFri, 08 Sep 2017 15:15:59 +0000The World's Parasites Are Going Extinct. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Thinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/parasites-are-going-extinct-heres-why-thats-a-bad-thing-180964808/Up to one-third of parasite species could vanish over the next few decades, disrupting ecosystems and even human healthThu, 07 Sep 2017 20:12:37 +0000A Few Bad Scientists Are Threatening to Topple Taxonomyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-big-ugly-problem-heart-of-taxonomy-180964629/Naming species forms the foundation of biology—but these rogue researchers are exposing the flaws in the systemThu, 07 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Moon Landing Was the Television Event of the Decadehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-moon-landing-was-the-television-event-of_1/On June 16, 1969, Americans filled highways, streets and homes to witness the launch of a rocket from the Kennedy Space Center: the legendary Apollo 11Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Unlikely Medical History of Chocolate Syruphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/unlikely-medical-history-chocolate-syrup-180964779/How the sundae staple went from treatment to just treat Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:42:32 +0000How Forest Forensics Could Prevent the Theft of Ancient Treeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-forest-forensics-could-prevent-the-theft-ancient-trees-180964731/To track down timber thieves, researchers are turning to new tech and tried-and-true criminal justice techniquesWed, 06 Sep 2017 15:32:58 +0000Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesotahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/solar-power-and-honey-bees-180964743/The Pollinator Friendly Solar Act has solar companies and commercial beekeepers working togetherTue, 05 Sep 2017 19:40:25 +0000How Coastal Cities Are Evolving to Deal With Extreme Rainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-cities-are-learning-deal-extreme-rains-180964730/Facing the specter of more and worse rainstorms, these vulnerable areas are turning to innovative urban design Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:41:03 +0000Stress Is Killing These Teeny Lemurs, and The Story Is In Their Hairhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stress-is-killing-these-teeny-lemurs-180964728/Sampling the fur of Madagascar’s gray mouse lemurs reveal a bevy of environmental pressuresTue, 05 Sep 2017 14:30:05 +0000Forty Years Later, the Voyager Spacecraft Remain Beacons of Human Imaginationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/forty-years-later-voyager-spacecraft-remain-beacons-human-imagination-180964722/Remembering the mission that opened Earth’s eyes to the vastness and wonder of spaceFri, 01 Sep 2017 18:45:56 +0000A Whale’s Baleen Bristles Reveal the Story of Its Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/history-toothless-whales-180964717/Like tree rings, these layered plates hold chemical clues to how the animals adapt to a changing worldFri, 01 Sep 2017 17:41:37 +0000The Secret Lives of Cannibal Stars Revealed, Thanks to 15th Century Korean Astronomershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secrets-cannibal-stars-revealed-thanks-korean-astronomers-180964696/For the first time ever, astrophysicists observe the entire life cycle of a binary star systemThu, 31 Aug 2017 16:24:53 +0000Once You See These Brand New "Screaming Armadillo" Pups, You'll Be Screaming Toohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/once-you-see-these-brand-new-screaming-armadillo-pups-you-be-screaming-too-180964687/No armor is impervious to this cuteness now at the National ZooThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:36:32 +0000Prying Apart the Mighty Bite of a Malaysian Trap-Jaw Anthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/prying-apart-mighty-bite-malaysian-trap-jaw-ant-180964655/Its mandibles strike in a fraction of a blink of an eye, but how does it do it?Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:05:00 +0000Costa Rica Let a Juice Company Dump Their Orange Peels in the Forest—and It Helpedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/costa-rica-let-juice-company-dump-their-orange-peels-forestand-it-helped-180964666/How a controversial experiment actually bore fruitWed, 30 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Killing Moose Can Save Caribou https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-killing-moose-can-save-caribou-180964656/Conservation often requires difficult decisionsTue, 29 Aug 2017 17:40:08 +0000The Universe Needs You: To Help in the Hunt for Planet 9https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/using-internet-democratize-hunt-distant-worlds-180964639/How one citizen science endeavor is using the Internet to democratize the search for distant worldsMon, 28 Aug 2017 13:46:59 +0000Will Supervolcanoes Help Power Our Future?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-supervolcanoes-help-power-our-future-180964635/Vast new deposits of lithium could change the global politics of battery production—if we can get at themFri, 25 Aug 2017 15:10:36 +0000This 19th Century Lady Doctor Helped Usher Indian Women Into Medicinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/19th-century-lady-doctor-ushered-indian-women-medicine-180964613/Ananabai Joshee dedicated her career to treating women and helped blaze a path for international doctors training in the U.S.Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:12:09 +0000Scott Kelly's Journey Home After His Year in Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scott-kelly-journey-home-year-in-space-180964408/America’s longest-orbiting astronaut describes his rocky return to Earth in this adaptation from his book 'Endurance'Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000One Scientist May Have Finally Figured Out the Mystery of Why a Civil War Submarine Sank https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/one-scientist-takes-on-mystery-why-civil-war-submarine-sank-180964587/A Navy engineer used creative modeling and her knowledge of underwater explosions to tackle the century-old Hunley conundrumWed, 23 Aug 2017 18:21:54 +0000Bei Bei the Panda Cub Celebrates his Second Birthday in Stylehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bei-bei-panda-cub-celebrates-his-second-birthday-style-180964604/The notorious sleepyhead manages to rouse himself for fansWed, 23 Aug 2017 16:56:11 +0000Whoa: Polygamous Wolf Spiders Have a Natural Form of Birth Control https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wolf-spiders-have-natural-form-birth-control-180964602/Females have figured out how to get rid of unwanted sperm, allowing them to reap the benefits of multiple matesWed, 23 Aug 2017 16:33:55 +0000A Dentist Weighs in On What Really Doomed the Franklin Expeditionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dentist-weighs-in-what-really-doomed-the-franklin-expedition-180964594/Addison’s disease may have blackened the explorers' gums and hastened their demise, proposes a history-obsessed dentistry professorTue, 22 Aug 2017 18:54:32 +0000Warning: Here's a King Cobra Swallowing Another Snake Wholehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/warning-heres-a-king-cobra-swallowing-anot/Raja the King Cobra is about to eat. He’s sunk his teeth into an ambushed rat snake, shot a dose of neurotoxin into it, and is now about to swallow itTue, 22 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Watch Two King Cobras Romance Each Otherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/watch-two-king-cobras-romance-each-other/King cobra mating techniques aren’t subtle. To indicate his interest, the male will engage in frequent headbutting with the femaleMon, 21 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000