Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenThu, 20 Sep 2018 21:01:25 +0000Behind the Scenes With the Spacecraft That Will Soar Through the Sun's Atmosphere probe, which launches Sunday, will attempt to solve enduring mysteries about the sunThu, 09 Aug 2018 17:23:04 +0000Ecstasy Turns Antisocial Octopuses Into Lovestruck Cuddle Buddies—Just Like Us genetic and neurological similarities between octopuses and humans shed light on how creatures became social beingsThu, 20 Sep 2018 21:01:25 +0000Should the Nobel Prizes Take a Year Off? award designed to go to those who benefit all humanity has a history of prejudice and controversyThu, 20 Sep 2018 18:27:32 +0000How the Remnants of Human Poop Could Help Archaeologists Study Ancient Populations molecules persist in soil for hundreds or even thousands of years, acting as biomarkers that show the ebbs and flows of bygone civilizationsThu, 20 Sep 2018 17:40:20 +0000What Would Happen if the Earth Stopped Rotating? and More Questions From our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 20 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000Over 1,500 Museums Across the U.S. Will Open Their Doors for Free This Saturday and zoos across the country are letting visitors in admission-free. Here are some highlights. Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:31:24 +0000The Latest on the Kickstarter Campaign to Conserve Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit a new biopic blasts off, the protective suit worn by the 'First Man' on the moon is readied for its star turnWed, 19 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000Why Is the Snowy Owl Disappearing? birds, once a feature of the far north as reliable as ice, are becoming less and less commonTue, 18 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000Genetic Skin Graft Helps Mice Kick Cocaine Habit new treatment using CRISPR helps reduce cocaine cravings in mice, and it may be able to treat human addiction in the futureMon, 17 Sep 2018 18:39:49 +0000How Wireless Water-to-Air Communication Could Revolutionize Marine Research a longstanding puzzle, MIT researchers have developed a way of sending signals from underwater to airborne devicesFri, 14 Sep 2018 18:16:23 +0000Scientists Can Predict When Birds Will Migrate Up to a Week in Advance new forecasting model using years of bird migration data and weather radar could help us protect migrating birds from harmThu, 13 Sep 2018 18:05:00 +0000The Maya Captured, Traded and Sacrificed Jaguars and Other Large Mammals archeological findings suggest the Maya city state Copan dealt in a robust jaguar tradeWed, 12 Sep 2018 18:00:00 +0000Stone Age Markings May Be the Oldest Drawing Ever Discovered crosshatch symbol was made with a red ochre utensil more than 70,000 years agoWed, 12 Sep 2018 17:00:00 +0000These Teen Birds Love Sleeping In, Too new study suggests young grassland songbirds postpone fledging in order to mooch off mom and dad as long as they canWed, 12 Sep 2018 13:01:00 +0000Nuclear Technology May Help Bring Early Mammal Evolution Into Focus a neutron scanner at Los Alamos, paleontologists are generating high-resolution imagery of early mammal fossilsWed, 12 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000Ketamine Works as a Fast-Acting Antidepressant, But the Full Effects Are Still Unknown new study suggests that ketamine activates the brain's opioid receptors, complicating its use to treat clinical depressionTue, 11 Sep 2018 19:27:54 +0000How Virtual Reality and Sideline Brain Scans Could Help Diagnose Concussions if an athlete or soldier has a concussion often depends on what they tell you, but new technologies could provide a more objective approachMon, 10 Sep 2018 20:28:21 +0000Tracking Down the Origins of Cystic Fibrosis in Ancient Europe is the most common genetic disease among Caucasians, and how it became so widespread is something of a mysteryMon, 10 Sep 2018 18:59:47 +0000How Scientists Can Learn About Human Behavior From Closed-Circuit TV researchers used to rely on interviews and experiments, raw video reveals subtle, previously hidden reactionsFri, 07 Sep 2018 17:22:53 +0000Diving Deep to Reveal the Microbial Mysteries of Lost City expedition sets out this week to explore a field of hydrothermal vents in the deep Atlantic, one of the most extreme ecosystems on the planetFri, 07 Sep 2018 17:08:55 +0000Hunting Deadly Mosquitoes in Panama latest podcast “Sidedoor” travels with Smithsonian experts on the trail of the buzzing beasts known as the AedesFri, 07 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000Drones Will Track One of the Largest Dam Removals on the East Coast a Maryland dam comes down this fall, a team of scientists will deploy drones to monitor the flow of more than two million cubic feet of sedimentThu, 06 Sep 2018 15:46:56 +0000The Benefits of Probiotics Might Not Be So Clear Cut individual's natural gut bacteria determine whether the so-called dietary supplements help or do nothing at allThu, 06 Sep 2018 15:21:36 +0000Toxic Chemicals Banned 20 Years Ago Finally Disappearing From Arctic Wildlife the appearance of new chemicals is creating an uncertain future for polar bears, orcas and seabirdsThu, 06 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Plant-Based Mosquito Repellents Are So Hard to Make sprays with DEET feel oily and smell gross. But turning natural plant oils into commercial products isn't easyWed, 05 Sep 2018 16:15:20 +0000New Software Can Predict Landslides Weeks Before They Happen researchers are using AI and mathematics to detect tiny changes that may precede the often-deadly eventsTue, 04 Sep 2018 17:18:46 +0000When the U.S. Government Tried to Make It Rain by Exploding Dynamite in the Sky by weather patterns during the Civil War, the rainmakers of the 1890s headed to west Texas to test their theoryTue, 04 Sep 2018 16:58:17 +0000The Mysterious Origins of the Smallpox Vaccine the disease was declared eradicated in 1980, the era of smallpox is far from overTue, 04 Sep 2018 15:31:25 +0000Sea-Star Murdering Robots Are Deployed in the Great Barrier Reef RangerBot is a new line of defense against coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfishFri, 31 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000Siblings Could Shed Light on Roots of Autism research has focused on studying two parents and two autistic children, but new research calls for learning more about siblings who don't have autismWed, 29 Aug 2018 19:00:00 +0000Here's What We Know (and Don't Know) About Flushing Contact Lenses Down the Drain they are tiny, the lenses add up--and might be infiltrating the environmentTue, 28 Aug 2018 19:07:58 +0000Pregnant Male Pipefish Are the Sea's Swaggery Swingers pipefish, which take on the burden of carrying eggs to term, can compromise their own pregnancies if they see a “huge, sexy female” swimming byTue, 28 Aug 2018 14:22:56 +0000Noise Pollution Might Cut Birds’ Lives Short out teen birds have enough to deal with—noise seems to be one factor that could seal their fateTue, 28 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Eating Poop Makes These Mole-Rats More Motherly research suggests a colony’s queen stimulates babysitters by transferring a type of estrogen through her fecesMon, 27 Aug 2018 19:27:56 +0000For Men, Gains in the Gym May Come at a Cost to Sperm might be a tradeoff between how strong men look and sperm countMon, 27 Aug 2018 16:00:00 +0000Biologists Say Chesapeake Bay Cownose Rays Travel to Florida and Back scientists have unraveled one mystery about cownose ray migrations, there are still many unknowns surrounding the animals. Read more: http://www.smiFri, 24 Aug 2018 18:24:52 +0000Do Animals Experience Grief? growing body of evidence points to how animals are aware of death and will sometimes mourn for or ritualize their dead Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:27:46 +0000One Fish, Two Fish, Fish Can Count(ish?) research shows—again—that fish “count” like humans do. Are our cognitive evolutionary roots fishier than we thought? Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000When Rhinos Once Roamed in Washington State through prehistoric times on the West CoastThu, 23 Aug 2018 15:08:41 +0000Lions Are Coming Back to Southern Malawi, Where They Haven't Been Seen for Decades apex predators have been returned to Malawi's Liwonde National Park in an effort to restore the ecosystem and boost tourismThu, 23 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Makes Some Species More Likely to Go Extinct? help from the fossil record, paleontologists are piecing together what might make one creature more vulnerable than anotherWed, 22 Aug 2018 17:39:08 +0000Five Young Lion Brothers Mate With One Lioness group of five adolescent male lions - dubbed the Musketeers - are wandering the desert looking to find their own kingdomWed, 22 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Their World Was Crumbling But These Ancient People Built a Lasting Memorial 5,000-year-old burial site near Kenya’s Lake Turkana likely served as a bonding place for a culture in fluxWed, 22 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Hostile Lioness Withholds Food From Hungry Orphaned Cubs group of orphaned lion cubs are facing an uncertain futureTue, 21 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000In the Quest for Universal Blood, Go With Your Gut enlisted enzymes produced by gut bacteria to turn blood into type OTue, 21 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000On the Hunt for Unloved, Unstudied, Yet Super Important Lichen Lendemer is one of the few people taking stock of one of the world’s most peculiar lifeformsMon, 20 Aug 2018 16:13:00 +0000Do Not Fear the Drones Air-Dropping 50,000 Mosquitoes From Above horny buggers are actually here to help us fight the spread of diseaseMon, 20 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000What the Surging Glaciers of Svalbard Tell Us About the Future of Rising Seas look to the Norwegian archipelago's fast-moving glaciers to better understand how other accelerating glaciers will behave Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:23:34 +0000How Scientists Discovered Helium, the First Alien Element, 150 Years Ago found only on the sun, scientists doubted the mysterious element even existed for more than a decadeFri, 17 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Tracing Alfred Russel Wallace’s Footsteps Through the Jungles of Borneo biologist treks to the site where the little-known naturalist penned a paper on evolution that would spur on a rivalrous Charles DarwinWed, 15 Aug 2018 18:28:27 +0000How Accurate Is <I>Alpha's</i> Theory of Dog Domestication? ‘boy and his dog’ tale is a piece of prehistoric fiction, but scientists are uncovering the true origins of our incredible relationship with dogsWed, 15 Aug 2018 17:53:46 +0000Cancer Is One Worry Elephants Can Feel Free to Forget The gentle giants' cells contain a tumor-fighting self-destruct button.Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:01:01 +0000Why Curators Killed Hatcher, the 66-Million-Year-Old Triceratops popular dinosaur has a new starring role in the upcoming “Deep Time” exhibition—a meal for T. rex Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:36:33 +0000A Macaw Breeding Center Supplied Prehistoric Americans With Prized Plumage yet-undiscovered breeding center is likely one of the first instances of exotic animal husbandry in the regionMon, 13 Aug 2018 19:01:39 +0000Ancient Ceramic Cups Reveal Oldest Direct Evidence of Beer in Mesopotamia are working on resurrecting the recipeMon, 13 Aug 2018 17:31:43 +0000The Corn of the Future Is Hundreds of Years Old and Makes Its Own Mucus rare variety of corn has evolved a way to make its own nitrogen, which could revolutionize farmingFri, 10 Aug 2018 18:22:01 +0000Megalodon Wasn't the Only Impressive Shark in the Prehistoric Seas longer thought of as "living fossils," ancient sharks sported a crazy amount of varietyThu, 09 Aug 2018 20:52:40 +0000The National Zoo’s Beloved, Aging Emu Has Died delighted zoo patrons for 21 years with his clever antics and charismaThu, 09 Aug 2018 17:53:34 +0000How Volcanoes Reshape Ecosystems eruptions change the natural world in dramatic waysThu, 09 Aug 2018 14:50:04 +0000Zebra Finches Dream a Little Dream of Melody finches flex their singing muscles while snoozing, as if they're lip-syncing in their sleep—and scientists want to know whyTue, 07 Aug 2018 17:31:26 +0000Four Foals Join the Herd of Przewalski’s Horses at the Smithsonian endangered species, native to Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan, is slowly being revitalized with the help of conservation scientists around the world.Mon, 06 Aug 2018 20:41:02 +0000Climate Change Is Taking Down Birds in the Mojave Desert findings suggest increasingly dry conditions have halved Mojave's bird populations over the last century. It's a warning for the desert — and the worldMon, 06 Aug 2018 19:01:51 +0000How Amazon Rivers Play a Role in the Evolution of Birds are natural boundaries for evolving populations. But scientists don't agree whether they create new species or just help maintain them.Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:34:10 +0000Why the Ocean Needs Wilderness new study finds that only 13 percent of the ocean can be classified as "wilderness." But what does this even mean?Mon, 06 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Botulism Outbreak That Gave Rise to America’s Food Safety System late 1919 and early 1920, scientists and canners worked with the government to protect the public from the deadly toxinFri, 03 Aug 2018 15:56:14 +0000The Real Science Behind the Megalodon <I>The Meg</i> hits theaters, dive into what we <i>really</i> know about this chompy predatorFri, 03 Aug 2018 14:37:07 +0000A New Genetic Study Suggests Modern Flores Island Pygmies and Ancient Hobbits Are Unrelated island dwarfism effect seems to have occurred independently in each population, thousands of years apartThu, 02 Aug 2018 18:01:25 +0000How American Scientists Are Planning to Thwart a Salamander Apocalypse another fungus threatens to decimate amphibians in North America, but this time, scientists stand readyWed, 01 Aug 2018 19:34:58 +0000Are We Grooming Beaches to Death? beaches worldwide have less garbage than remote beaches, but less life too. The City of Santa Monica hopes to change the image of a clean beach.Wed, 01 Aug 2018 15:41:41 +0000How Dad's Genes Can Prepare Mom for Parenthood fathers who don’t provide childcare to their offspring have a way of securing their kids’ futures—by ramping up mom’s hormonesTue, 31 Jul 2018 18:02:00 +0000Could Houseplants Keep Tabs on the Health of Your Home? at the University of Tennessee look at the possibility of using plants as biosensors to detect dangers like mold or radonTue, 31 Jul 2018 13:42:59 +0000Will China's Growing Appetite for Meat Undermine Its Efforts to Fight Climate Change? country consumes 28 percent of the world's meat—twice as much as the United States. And that figure is only set to increase.Mon, 30 Jul 2018 19:36:15 +0000Why Mantis Shrimps, Not Sharks, Might Be the Most Amazing Predators in the Sea crustaceans have superpowers other animals can only dream ofFri, 27 Jul 2018 16:00:01 +0000A Photographer Documents the Effects of Climate Change on Maine's Intertidal Zones marine biology student at Northeastern University captures the vulnerable organisms that have to survive high and low tideFri, 27 Jul 2018 15:36:06 +0000To Pinpoint the Origin of a Fish, Check Out Its Physique new cost-effective tool may help small-scale fisheries simply and accurately determine the origins of a day's catch.Fri, 27 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000A Clever Cuttlefish Goes in for the Kill a sandy gully, a school of razorfish are being stalked by an invisible predator and a master of disguise: the crafty cuttlefishFri, 27 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Dads Pass On More Than Genetics in Their Sperm research reveals that sperm change their cargo as they travel the reproductive tract—and the differences can have consequences for fertilityThu, 26 Jul 2018 15:04:44 +0000How Spawning Squid Offer a Buffet for Predators spawning season, calamari squid become vulnerable in the shallow waters. But they do have one weapon that helps improve their oddsThu, 26 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Lizards With Bigger Toes and Smaller Hind Legs Survive Hurricanes serendipitous study comparing the physical traits of lizards before and after 2017's hurricane season shows natural selection in actionWed, 25 Jul 2018 17:02:00 +0000The Remarkable Way Calamari Squid Catch Their Prey might be delicious to us but in the ocean, calamari squid are formidable predators, using concealed tentacles which shoot out toward any preyWed, 25 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Jamestown Skeleton is Unearthed, but Only Time—and Science—Will Reveal His True Identity Rediscovery archeologists use new technology to uncover the bones of one of the first English colonistsTue, 24 Jul 2018 21:16:45 +0000Why the Most Helpful Dogs Keep Calm and Carry On are willing to overcome obstacles to help people in distress—as long as they keep their coolTue, 24 Jul 2018 04:20:00 +0000