Science | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenFri, 20 Jul 2018 17:43:48 +0000National Zoo Reports Death of Infant Golden Lion Tamarinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-zoo-reports-death-infant-golden-lion-tamarin-180969519/The golden lion tamarin and its sibling were born on Friday, marking the first births of tamarins for the Zoo in a decadeMon, 02 Jul 2018 20:44:45 +0000A Handy Guide to Volcano Vocabhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/brush-your-volcano-vocab-these-explosive-terms-180969172/ Laze, vog, lava bomb—we help you decipher what geologists are actually talking aboutFri, 25 May 2018 12:30:00 +0000Will a New Discovery About Body Odor Lead to Better Deodorants?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-new-discovery-about-body-odor-lead-to-better-deodorants-180969695/Biologists now understand a key part of the molecular process that results in body odor—and deodorants might just be able to disrupt itFri, 20 Jul 2018 17:43:48 +0000It's Not Without Caws That Crows Desecrate Their Deadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/necrowphilia-180969708/What dead crows can teach us about the connections between sex and aggression Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:12:19 +0000The Unexpected Afterlife of Ill-Gotten Wildlife Goodshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/afterlife-of-ill-gotten-wildlife-goods-180969701/Contraband pelts and scales can serve as educational tools, add to research collections and even offer clues back to smugglersFri, 20 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000Genes That Jump Between Species Could Rewrite Our Understanding of Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/where-you-got-your-genes-may-surprise-you-180969704/Horizontal movement of genetic material is widespread across animals, challenging traditional notions of inheritanceThu, 19 Jul 2018 18:37:10 +0000National Parks Can Be Just as Smoggy as Major Citieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ozone-pollution-us-national-parks-180969693/ And it's scaring away visitorsThu, 19 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +000050 Years Ago, the Whole Earth Catalog Launched and Reinvented the Environmental Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/50-years-ago-whole-earth-catalog-launched-reinvented-environmental-movement-180969682/The publication gave rise to a new community of environmental thinkers, where hippies and technophiles found common groundWed, 18 Jul 2018 14:49:17 +0000Is the Key to Saving Pollinators … Honey Bee Semen?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/key-honey-bee-conservation-bee-semen-180969676/In the hopes of preserving their genetic diversity, entomologists are collecting and freezing this valuable fluidWed, 18 Jul 2018 14:23:28 +0000A Polar Bear Released Back Into the Wild by Helicopterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-polar-bear-released-back-into-the-wild-by/A marauding polar bear is about to be returned to the the wild, as far away as possible from the town of ChurchillWed, 18 Jul 2018 13:11:56 +0000Both Mice and Men Struggle to Abandon Their Best-Laid Planshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mice-and-men-struggle-to-abandon-their-best-laid-plans-180969675/Rodents suffer from the same sunk cost fallacy that makes it so hard for humans to call it quitsWed, 18 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000Homecoming King: The Nation’s T. rex Returns to the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/homecoming-king-nations-t-rex-returns-smithsonian-180969673/The fully assembled skeleton will be displayed for the first time at the National Museum of Natural History in June 2019.Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:45:31 +0000How Fruit Flies Stay Young at Hearthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-fruit-flies-stay-young-heart-180969659/Researchers link structural alterations to fruit fly hearts to longevity-promoting changes in metabolismTue, 17 Jul 2018 15:05:00 +0000The Supernova That Launched a Thousand Gorgeous Space Imageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/supernova-launched-thousand-gorgeous-space-images-180969611/By colorizing one of the first Hubble satellite images, illustrator Dana Berry ushered in a new era of stunning space visualsTue, 17 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000How Churchill Protects Itself From Polar Bearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-churchill-protects-itself-from-polar-bears/Conservationists have tracked down a polar bear who has taken to venturing into nearby Churchill. The next step is to airlift him by helicopterTue, 17 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Is Your Brain on Fatherhoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/neurochemistry-fatherhood-180969635/What clownfish stepfathers and Dad-of-the-Year foxes teach us about paternal neurochemistry in the animal kingdomMon, 16 Jul 2018 16:25:37 +0000This Footage of Jaguars in Panama Could Save Their Liveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-footage-of-jaguars-in-panama-could-save/Ricardo Moreno is on a mission to convince Panamanian farmers not to hunt jaguars, which they fear are preying on their livestockMon, 16 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-data-gathering-seals-help-scientists-measure-melting-antarctic-180969615/Stumped on how to take the temperature of the ocean floor, oceanographers turned to the cutest, most competent divers they knewFri, 13 Jul 2018 14:59:22 +0000The Scientific Quest For the Perfect S’morehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientific-quest-perfect-smore-180969620/A trial by fireFri, 13 Jul 2018 13:30:00 +0000Scientific Images Make Dazzling Art In a Duke University Exhibithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/scientific-images-make-dazzling-art-in-duke-university-exhibit-180969604/Three graduate students set out to show that the scientific and artistic processes are more similar than many imagineThu, 12 Jul 2018 17:49:06 +0000Scientists Explain The Thrill of Detecting a Neutrino From a Far-Off Galaxyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/icecube-observatory-detects-neutrino-and-discovers-blazar-its-source-180969613/For the first time, the IceCube observatory has triumphantly tracked a neutrino back to a massive blazarThu, 12 Jul 2018 16:07:04 +0000The History and Psychology of Roller Coastershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/psychology-roller-coasters-180969607/ Researchers take you on a wild ride through endorphins, brain chemistry and stress science to explain the allure of theme park thrillThu, 12 Jul 2018 12:30:00 +0000Should We Share Human Cancer Treatments With Tumorous Turtles?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sharing-human-cancer-treatments-turtles-180969600/They may be key to saving wild sea turtles from tumors associated with turtle-specific herpesWed, 11 Jul 2018 17:09:14 +0000A Never-Before-Seen Virus Has Been Detected in Myanmar’s Batshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/global-surveillance-program-identifies-never-seen-virus-myanmars-bats-180969598/The discovery of two new viruses related to those that cause SARS and MERS marks PREDICT's first milestone in the regionWed, 11 Jul 2018 14:37:47 +0000How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cyclehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-noisy-males-control-gnus-cycle-180969596/New research shows that ovulation in Serengeti wildebeests is accelerated and synchronized by the yammering of eager malesWed, 11 Jul 2018 14:33:00 +0000New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryxhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-artificial-insemination-technique-successfully-breeds-critically-endangered-scimitar-horned-oryx-180969588/This marks the first birth of an oryx through artificial insemination that did not rely on potentially fertility-compromising anesthesiaTue, 10 Jul 2018 18:40:04 +0000The Botanical Artist Who Translates Plant Science Into Beautiful Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-woman-who-meticulously-illustrates-plants-name-science-180969544/The Smithsonian’s first and only botanical illustrator brings her subjects to life in all their scientific gloryTue, 10 Jul 2018 12:30:00 +0000The Most Massive of Dinos Evolved Earlier Than Previously Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/most-massive-dinosaurs-evolved-earlier-previously-thought--180969577/A Triassic giant unearthed in Argentina suggests that dinosaurs took the path to greatness at least twiceMon, 09 Jul 2018 18:22:46 +0000How Tiny Trackers Could Help Humans Avoid Kissing Bugs' Deadly Smoochhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-tiny-trackers-could-help-humans-avoid-kissing-bugs-deadly-smooch-180969569/The insects, which spread Chagas disease, can now be tracked with miniature radios to stop the spread of illnessMon, 09 Jul 2018 15:28:39 +0000How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Sealshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-tiniest-parasites-taking-down-mightiest-monk-seals-180969559/Toxoplasmosis is now the number one disease threat to the recovery of this endangered marine mammalMon, 09 Jul 2018 15:00:00 +0000How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-it-comes-humans-and-wildlife-whos-bothering-whom-180969567/As urbanization continues to push wildlife to the brink, humans may need to reevaluate their role in habitat destructionMon, 09 Jul 2018 14:07:25 +0000Florence Sabin Pioneered Her Way in Medical Science, Then Made Sure Other Women Could Do the Samehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/medical-pioneer-who-pushed-boundaries-science-and-feminism-180969555/A scientist and so much more, she helped lay the groundwork for curing tuberculosis but still found time to promote women doctorsFri, 06 Jul 2018 13:42:41 +0000Giant Panda Mei Xiang Will Not Give Birth https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/giant-panda-mei-xiang-will-not-give-birth-180969550/After a week and a half of waiting, the National Zoo confirms that Mei Xiang experienced a pseudopregnancy. Thu, 05 Jul 2018 16:12:52 +0000How a Fallback to Historic Traditions Might Save Catalonia’s Red Shrimp Fishery https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-fallback-historic-traditions-might-save-catalonia-red-shrimp-fishery-180969542/The Boquera brothers, two fishermen from the Costa Brava, are part an innovative management plan that combines science with maritime skills and knowledgeThu, 05 Jul 2018 15:23:15 +0000How Artificial Ovaries Could Expand Fertility Options for Chemo Patientshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-artificial-ovaries-could-expand-fertility-options-chemo-patients-180969547/Scientists have taken the next steps toward creating an alternative fertility preservation method using modified ovarian tissueThu, 05 Jul 2018 14:37:38 +0000How Feasting Rituals Help Shape Human Civilizationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/feasting-rituals-crucial-step-toward-human-civilization-180969540/These transformative practices—and the cooperation they require—are a cornerstone of societies the world overThu, 05 Jul 2018 13:42:55 +0000Five Real Life Wasp Superpowers Not in <i>Ant-Man and the Wasp</i>https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-you-should-let-wasp-be-your-hero-today-180969521/Bees tend to get all the attention, but Marvel turns the spotlight on one of nature’s most devious mastermindsTue, 03 Jul 2018 14:00:59 +0000How Ancient Teeth Reveal the Roots of Humankindhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-teeth-reveal-our-roots-180969495/From diet to evolution, prehistoric chompers tell archaeologists a surprising amount about our ancestorsMon, 02 Jul 2018 16:30:34 +0000The Earliest Mammals Kept Their Cool With Descended Testicleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earliest-mammals-kept-their-cool-descended-testicles-180969476/But if free-swinging sperm sacs are the norm, then why did undescended ones evolve four separate times?Thu, 28 Jun 2018 18:00:00 +0000Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/alternatives-heterosexual-pairings-brought-you-non-human-animals-180969481/No one quite has this sex thing figured out, but these non-binary animals have some good ideasThu, 28 Jun 2018 17:22:56 +0000A Primer on the Zoo’s Possibly Pregnant Giant Pandahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/primer-zoos-possibly-pregnant-giant-panda-180969477/In anticipation of a potential new cub, here’s a refresher on Mei Xiang and Tian Tian’s storied pastThu, 28 Jun 2018 15:46:41 +0000Neanderthals Hunted in Groups, One More Strike Against the Dumb Brute Mythhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/neanderthals-hunted-groups-one-more-strike-against-dumb-brute-myth-180969472/The skeletons of deer killed 120,000 years ago offer more evidence of cooperative behavior and risk-taking among our hominin relativesWed, 27 Jun 2018 20:04:09 +0000Today's Whales Are Huge, But Why Aren't They Huger?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/todays-whales-are-so-huge-why-arent-they-huger-180969466/Most giant cetaceans only got giant in the past 4.5 million years, suggesting they could have room to growWed, 27 Jun 2018 15:52:55 +0000What It Took to Set the World Record for Surfinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-took-set-world-record-surfing-180969334/Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa had to conquer PTSD before he was ready to break Garrett McNamara’s world recordWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:30:00 +0000This Apollo 8 Astronaut Took the Famous "Earthrise" Photohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-apollo-8-astronaut-took-the-famous-ear_1/Once in orbit, astronaut William Anders takes one of the most legendary photographs of all timeWed, 27 Jun 2018 13:31:01 +0000Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Bluehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-bioluminescence-evolved-be-red-light-and-blue-180969435/The laws of nature constrict living light to a few hues, which also happen to be quite patrioticTue, 26 Jun 2018 14:25:24 +0000An Intense Struggle to Catch a Giant West African Tarponhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/an-intense-struggle-to-catch-a-giant-west-af/Famed fisherman and adventurer Andy Coetzee thinks he may have snared a giant barracuda. He hasn't, but he's caught another interesting and prized fishTue, 26 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Mother Tiger Makes Speedy Kill to Feed Cubshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/mother-tiger-makes-speedy-kill-to-feed-cubs/Tiger cub Kumal is entirely dependent on his mother to hunt prey. He also relies on his father for protection against intrudersMon, 25 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Some Summers Are So Appealing For Mosquitoeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-some-summers-appealing-mosquitoes-180969434/...and so unbearable for youFri, 22 Jun 2018 18:35:10 +0000It's Pooches vs. Poachers in the Fight Against Wildlife Smugglershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pooches-vs-poachers-in-the-fight-against-wildlife-smugglers-180969430/A new breed of law enforcement is on the scene—and its bite is stronger than its barkFri, 22 Jun 2018 15:30:00 +0000Actually, T. Rex Probably Couldn't Stick Out Its Tonguehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/many-dinosaurs-including-trex-may-have-been-unable-stick-out-their-tongues-180969429/The tongues of bird-like dinosaurs and pterosaurs, however, may have been more mobileThu, 21 Jun 2018 20:36:39 +0000Andean Solstice Celebrations Capture the Wondrous Churn of Spacetimehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/andean-solstice-celebrations-capture-spacetime-180969426/Exploring the similarities and differences between Indigenous and Western cosmologiesThu, 21 Jun 2018 19:13:42 +0000Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squidshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/operation-calamari-how-smithsonian-got-its-giant-squids-180969422/After a decade on view, these cephalopod specimens have a growing fan base Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:46:30 +0000How We Elected <i>T. rex</i> to Be Our Tyrant Lizard Kinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-we-elected-t-rex-be-our-tyrant-lizard-king-180969419/The true story behind our obsession with the last and largest of the tyrannosaurs Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:40:43 +0000The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro's Crocodiles https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/future-castros-crocodiles-180969417/Breeders are trying to save a 'pure' Cuban crocodile—but out in the wild, divisions between species are increasingly murkyThu, 21 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0000The Biggest Threat Facing the City of Miamihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-biggest-threat-facing-the-city-of-miami/Rising sea levels are threatening to flood Miami. In fact, some scientists estimate that the entire city could be underwater by the end of the 21st centuryThu, 21 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Waterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-jupiter-may-have-gifted-early-earth-water-180969411/A new model of the solar system suggest we have gas giants to thank for our watery worldWed, 20 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why People Believed Hippos Were Related to Whaleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-people-believed-hippos-were-related-to-w/Hippos were once believed to be related to whales. They're both mammals, they both sleep underwater, and they both rise to breathe in their sleepWed, 20 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Newly Unearthed Civil War Bones Speak Silently to the Grim Aftermath of Battlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/newly-unearthed-civil-war-bones-speak-silently-grim-aftermath-battle-180969413/What the amputated limbs and full skeletons of a Manassas burial pit tell us about wartime surgical practicesWed, 20 Jun 2018 11:30:51 +0000The Original 'Space Invaders' Is a Meditation on 1970s America's Deepest Fears https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/original-space-invaders-icon-1970s-America-180969393/ One of the first digital shooting games reflected a fear of, well, invaders—a fear that still resonates todayTue, 19 Jun 2018 15:38:39 +0000Some Animals Take Turns While Talking, Just Like Humans. Why?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/animals-too-take-turns-conversation-1-180969397/Understanding their courteous exchanges—from frog croaks to elephant rumbles—could shed light on the origins of human conversationTue, 19 Jun 2018 14:56:54 +0000Why These Lagoons Are Full of Giant Barracudahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-these-lagoons/The maze of lagoons in Loango National Park, in Gabon, isn't just a good place to hunt barracudas--it's also an ancient migratory routeTue, 19 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000An Astronaut Reflects on Sally Ride's Legacy for Women in STEMhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sally-k-rides-legacy-encouraging-young-women-embrace-science-and-engineering-180969392/ Ride encouraged girls to embrace science and engineering, helping democratize space for all. But more work is neededMon, 18 Jun 2018 17:45:42 +0000Three Ways Bats Could Bounce Back From Devastating White Nose Syndromehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-bats-could-bounce-back-devastating-white-nose-syndrome-180969378/Scientists are testing light therapy, a fungus-killing fungus—and maybe, doing nothingMon, 18 Jun 2018 17:30:00 +0000Jurassic Park's Unlikely Symbiosis With Real-World Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/jurassic-park-reveals-delicate-interplay-between-science-and-science-fiction-180969331/The 1993 film showed both the promise and misconceptions that surround ancient DNAFri, 15 Jun 2018 12:33:21 +0000Fear of Humans Is Forcing Daytime Animals Into Night Modehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-are-forcing-daytime-animals-night-mode-180969366/The stress is pushing some animals to adjust their schedules—but not all will be quick enough to adaptThu, 14 Jun 2018 18:00:00 +0000This NASA Satellite Can Map the Planet's Soil Moisture Content In Just Three Dayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nasa-satellite-can-map-planets-soil-moisture-content-in-just-three-days-180969330/The speedy collection of this data will help with crop management and flood predictionWed, 13 Jun 2018 17:59:19 +0000Like Birds, Some Bats Warble to Woo Their Mateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/like-birds-bats-warble-woo-mates-180969333/They join an elite club of mammals—including mice, whales and humans—whose melodies convey complex informationWed, 13 Jun 2018 15:50:03 +0000Nearly Half the Patents on Marine Genes Belong to Just One Companyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nearly-half-all-patents-marine-genes-belong-just-one-company-180969325/Who owns biodiversity? No one and everyone—or maybe, a German chemical companyWed, 13 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0000Are the Sands of the Namib Desert Really Rusting?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/are-the-sands/The reddish hues of the vast dunes of the Namib Desert in southern Africa are a result of concentrations of iron in the sandWed, 13 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Climate Changed-Fueled “Mega Droughts” Could Harm Human Healthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/climate-change-mega-droughts-human-health-180969299/ Researchers looked at the little-studied danger of dust and worsening air quality in the American SouthwestTue, 12 Jun 2018 15:00:00 +0000Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New <i>Jurassic World</i> So Much Betterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-ways-science-would-make-new-jurassic-world-better-180969303/It appears that <i>Fallen Kingdom</i> has not evolved alongside 21st century researchTue, 12 Jun 2018 14:11:51 +0000Braving Shark-Infested Waters for a Look at This Big Fishhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/braving-shark-infested-waters-for-a-look-at/Fisherman Andy Coetzee is in the middle of a dangerous dive, in the shark-filled waters of the Indian OceanTue, 12 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Computer Scientists Model the Role of Religion in Societyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-computer-simulations-may-help-us-understand-religious-behavior-180969296/Virtual simulations attempt to show how faith influences human behavior in the face of terrorMon, 11 Jun 2018 15:49:28 +0000Catching a Giant 30-lb. Perch With a Wooden Reelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/catching-a-giant-30-lb-perch-with-a-wooden/Fisherman and adventurer Andy Coetzee is going traditional with his bid to snare a giant perchMon, 11 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Bees May Understand Zero, a Concept That Took Humans Millennia to Grasphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bees-may-understand-zero-concept-took-humans-millennia-grasp-180969282/If the finding is true, they'd be the first invertebrates to join an elite club that includes primates, dolphins and parrotsFri, 08 Jun 2018 15:26:14 +0000Fishing for Perch in Nile Crocodile-Filled Watershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/fishing-for-perch-in-nile-crocodile-filled-w/South African fisherman Andy Coetzee has his eyes set on a giant perch--a massive freshwater predator fish indigenous to the waters of UgandaFri, 08 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000These Portuguese Libraries Are Infested With Bats—and They Like It That Wayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-portuguese-libraries-are-infested-batsand-they-it-way-180969276/They actually serve a very specific purposeThu, 07 Jun 2018 20:08:56 +0000Organic Molecules Found on Mars, Reopening the Search For Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/fingerprints-martian-life-180969265/Organic Molecules Found on Mars, Reopening the Search for LifeThu, 07 Jun 2018 18:24:06 +0000The Many Ways Women Get Left Out of Paleontologyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/many-ways-women-get-left-out-paleontology-180969239/The hurdles that prevent female fossil hunters from rising at the same rates as their male peers are myriad—but they are all interconnectedThu, 07 Jun 2018 14:52:33 +0000Rat Bones Reveal How Humans Transformed Their Island Environmentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rat-bones-reveal-how-humans-transformed-their-island-environments-180969260/Rodent remains prove an ideal tool for investigating changes on three Polynesian island chainsWed, 06 Jun 2018 18:20:32 +0000NASA's New Exoplanet Travel Bureau Lets You "Tour" Far-Distant Planets In 360 Degreeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nasas-new-exoplanet-travel-bureau-lets-you-tour-far-distant-planets-in-360-degrees-180969250/Eager space tourists can now visit sunny Kepler-186f, a moon of Kepler-16b or the Earth-like TRAPPIST-1e virtuallyWed, 06 Jun 2018 16:43:33 +0000Smart Software Helps Fishermen Catch the Fish They Want, Not Endangered Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/smart-software-helps-fishermen-catch-fish-they-want-not-endangered-species-180969237/Like a dynamic weather app for the sea, the program allows fishermen to pinpoint areas of conservation and can be updated dailyTue, 05 Jun 2018 15:21:18 +0000The Woman Who Challenged the Idea that Black Communities Were Destined for Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/woman-challenged-idea-black-communities-destined-disease-180969218/A physician and activist, Rebecca J. Cole became a leading voice in medical social servicesTue, 05 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grapehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/quest-grow-first-great-american-wine-grape-science-180969207/Genetics might be the key to creating vineyards that both resist disease and don’t taste like skunkTue, 05 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0000How Globalization Changed the Way We Fight Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-globalization-changed-way-we-fight-disease-180969222/A new exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History explores the deadly past of global epidemicsMon, 04 Jun 2018 15:13:14 +0000Ocean Heatwaves Are Getting Longer and More Intensehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-heatwaves-longer-more-intense-180969221/ If the past century is any indication, global warming may be contributing to less stable marine ecosystemsFri, 01 Jun 2018 14:32:59 +0000How Native Civilizations Innovated to Conquer the Wilderness https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-native-civilizations-innovated-conquer-wilderness-180969197/A new activity center at the American Indian Museum in NYC sheds light on the original know-how of the AmericasFri, 01 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Greening the Future of Outer Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/greening-future-outer-space-180969212/A team of scientists and policy experts want to develop space sustainably for future generationsFri, 01 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0000Terrifying Mammals That May Have Greeted Early Humans in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/terrifying-mammals-that-may-have-greeted-ear/Arriving in the Chesapeake Bay, the early American inhabitants' first order of business would have been to craft weapons to defend themselvesFri, 01 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Royally Adorable Baby Kingfisher Perpetuates a Species Extinct in the Wildhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/royally-adorable-baby-kingfisher-perpetuates-species-extinct-wild-180969216/A fine soon-to-be-feathered friend joins the menagerie at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteThu, 31 May 2018 18:06:41 +0000How Putting Organs on Chips Could Revolutionize Medicinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-organs-chips-revolutionize-medicine-180969203/ Scientists are now working to connect these ersatz "organs" together into systemsWed, 30 May 2018 16:00:00 +0000How Seaweed Connects Us Allhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seaweed-connects-us-all-180969199/An unlikely debate about rockweed brings together Rachel Carson, marine biology and Maine's supreme courtWed, 30 May 2018 14:13:11 +0000How Saddam and ISIS Killed Iraqi Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-saddam-and-isis-killed-iraqi-science-180969097/Within decades the country’s scientific infrastructure went from world-class to shambles. What happened?Tue, 29 May 2018 13:30:22 +0000Most Parents Want to Test Their Unborn Kids' Genes For Disease Riskhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/most-parents-want-test-genes-unborn-kids-180969170/Despite the fact that they might not like what they learnFri, 25 May 2018 15:47:23 +0000Dolphins Have a Mysterious Network of Veins That Could Be Key to Preventing the Bendshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dolphins-have-mysterious-network-veins-could-be-key-preventing-bends-180969162/It might be possible to make an external device that protects divers from the deadly conditionFri, 25 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000How the Ancestors of Birds Survived the Dino-Killing Asteroidhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancestors-birds-survived-dino-killing-asteroid-180969167/Forest cover was crucial to avian evolution, a new study on the mass extinction event assertsThu, 24 May 2018 15:13:09 +0000The Science Behind Florida’s Sinkhole Epidemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-floridas-sinkhole-epidemic-180969158/Reports of these ground-chasms have been swelling in the past few years. Geology helps explain whyThu, 24 May 2018 14:20:47 +0000What Is the Future of Fire?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/future-fire-qa-180969005/Geologist Andrew C. Scott reconstructs the sites of past blazes to look at our relationship with this elusive elementThu, 24 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000Are These Baked Mushroom Sandals the Future of Fashion?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-baked-mushroom-shoes-future-fashion-180969152/As sustainable fashion goes mainstream, multiple designers are turning to fungi for compostable attireWed, 23 May 2018 16:39:15 +0000This Molecule Could Explain the Origin of Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-molecule-could-explain-the-origin-of-life/Hydrogen cyanide is a molecule that appears to be at the heart of the creation of life. To create it, scientists need a burst of energyWed, 23 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Science Explains How the Iceman Resists Extreme Coldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-explains-how-iceman-resists-extreme-cold-180969134/MRI scans reveal that Wim Hof artificially induces a stress response in his brainTue, 22 May 2018 18:03:34 +0000The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Backhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lionfish-invaded-army-divers-chefs-fighting-back-180968999/Those waging the war against this devastating wave of the venomous species have taken on an "eat 'em to beat 'em" approachTue, 22 May 2018 15:00:00 +0000