Science | Smithsonian Magazine feed for ScienceenFri, 07 Aug 2020 14:40:50 +0000How to Identify Rocks and Other Questions From Our Readers't miss the season finale of the National Museum of Natural History's popular YouTube series, the "Doctor Is In"Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:40:50 +0000Seabird Poop Is Worth More Than $1 Billion Annually put a price tag on guano's global benefits, which range from agricultural fertilizer to coral reef enricher Fri, 07 Aug 2020 13:32:03 +0000Continuing Conservation in a Planet on Lockdown building and local community involvement are key to continuing conservation during the current pandemicThu, 06 Aug 2020 14:11:12 +0000Did Einstein Understand the Limitations of Testing? fellow Kimberly Probolus looks into the past and future of knowledge testsWed, 05 Aug 2020 15:27:52 +0000River Otters Take 'Party Pooping' to a New Level keep otters up to date on who is around, how they are feeling, and who’s ready to have babiesTue, 04 Aug 2020 18:06:09 +0000Dinosaurs Suffered From Cancer, Too bone containing signs of cancer is the first of its kind found in the fossil recordMon, 03 Aug 2020 22:30:00 +0000Why We Need to Save the Parasites will have lasting and far-reaching consequences for biodiversity, and subsequently for humansMon, 03 Aug 2020 14:46:31 +0000Should Plants and Animals That Relocate Because of Climate Change Be Considered Invasive? researchers are calling for a more nuanced approach when it comes to flora and fauna that adjust their range to accommodate a warming worldMon, 03 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000Researchers Discover How Human Sperm Really Swim new 3-D microscopy study overturns hundreds of years of reproductive scienceFri, 31 Jul 2020 18:00:00 +0000What a Crowdsourced Study Taught Us About How Dogs Learn new study looks at the genes that underlie traits from self control to communicationFri, 31 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000Exploring Underwater Caves and 22 Other Smithsonian Programs Streaming in August Underwater Caves, Battle of Midway, Economics + Harry Potter. Don't miss outThu, 30 Jul 2020 15:42:51 +0000How Hurricanes Have Shaped the Course of U.S. History new book examines the 500-year record of devastating storms affecting the nation's trajectoryWed, 29 Jul 2020 16:11:01 +0000Why NASA Is Headed Back to Mars With the Rover Perseverance out why the next mission to Mars is so exciting on the National Air and Space Museum's podcast AirSpaceWed, 29 Jul 2020 15:47:47 +0000To Make Oxygen on Mars, NASA's Perseverance Rover Needs MOXIE new tool from the space agency may produce the gas, completing the next step for planning a round trip voyageWed, 29 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000How a Public Health Campaign in the Warsaw Ghetto Stemmed the Spread of Typhus new study shows how life-saving efforts by Jewish doctors helped curb an epidemic during World War IIMon, 27 Jul 2020 19:29:50 +0000In Social Insects, Researchers Find Clues for Battling Pandemics the ability of some ants, termites, bees and wasps to contain pathogens may help human societies control diseases of their ownMon, 27 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000Meet the Scientist Studying How Cell Phones Change Societies"Smartphones embody globalization," says the Smithsonian cultural anthropologist Josh BellFri, 24 Jul 2020 15:46:11 +0000How Dinosaurs Raised Their Young research into eggshells and nesting sites help paleontologists unravel the family lives of the MesozoicFri, 24 Jul 2020 12:30:00 +0000What Scientists Know About How Children Spread COVID-19 communities struggle with the decision over whether to open up schools, the research so far offers unsatisfying answersThu, 23 Jul 2020 15:59:10 +0000Launching Hope to Mars Air and Space Museum director Ellen Stofan reflects on the significance of the United Arab Emirates upcoming mission to MarsWed, 22 Jul 2020 18:03:57 +0000Discovery in Mexican Cave May Drastically Change the Known Timeline of Humans' Arrival to the Americas a controversial new study, scientists cite artifacts dating the event to more than 26,000 years agoWed, 22 Jul 2020 15:24:44 +0000A Dolphin Has Been Living Solo in This Irish Harbor for Decades Fungie, the cetacean draws thousands of tourists to Dingle—and may teach us how to protect other solitary-sociable animals in the wildWed, 22 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000A Bird Named for a Confederate General Sparks Calls for Change’s longspur has launched a renewed reckoning over the troubling histories reflected in taxonomyTue, 21 Jul 2020 19:19:00 +0000Elusive, Ultra-Black Fish Are Cloaked to Survive in the Deep Ocean pigment cells in deep-sea fish may provide clues to cancer treatment and stealthy new materialsTue, 21 Jul 2020 16:00:00 +0000The National Zoo Will Reopen to the Public on July 24 bison, an Andean bear and a baby wallaby are among the new animals ready to welcome visitors back Mon, 20 Jul 2020 16:30:33 +0000What 'Racism Is a Public Health Issue' Means Sharrelle Barber discusses the racial inequalities that exist for COVID-19 and many other health conditionsMon, 20 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000How Viruses Evolve that switch to a new host species have some adapting to do. How does that affect the course of a pandemic like COVID-19?Fri, 17 Jul 2020 19:42:49 +0000Why Prairie Dogs Are Ecological Heroes many people view prairie dogs as pests, ecologists absolutely dig themFri, 17 Jul 2020 17:35:16 +0000The DNA of the Viper Reveals an Ancient Map of South America vipers are famous for their venomous bites, it turns out these snakes have another story to tellThu, 16 Jul 2020 14:04:59 +0000What Are mRNA Vaccines, and Could They Work Against COVID-19? technique never before used in humans may be the fastest way to a vaccine against the novel coronavirusThu, 16 Jul 2020 13:33:01 +0000Help Transcribe Field Notes Penned by S. Ann Dunham, a Pioneering Anthropologist and Barack Obama's Mother digitized, Dunham’s papers reflect her work as a scholar and as a scientist and as a woman doing anthropology in her own right Wed, 15 Jul 2020 15:51:59 +0000Five Scientific Achievements That Happened During Coronavirus Lockdown did not stop these innovators from discovering new species, creating the elusive fifth state of matter remotely, and moreWed, 15 Jul 2020 14:20:32 +0000COVID-19 Has Resurrected Single-Use Plastics—Are They Back to Stay? show that these products are not necessarily safer than reusable alternatives with respect to viral spreadWed, 15 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000This Band-Aid-Like Patch Could Detect Early COVID-19 Symptoms University scientist John Rogers has developed a wearable that adheres to the throat and relays data to a physicianTue, 14 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000What Quarantine Is Doing to Your Body's Wondrous World of Bacteria germs, fungi and mites that grow on our hands, face, armpits and elsewhere have become stranded during the age of social distancingMon, 13 Jul 2020 16:44:50 +0000Will COVID-19 Spell the End of Outdoor and Environmental Education? pandemic has been devastating to the field, according to a recent surveyMon, 13 Jul 2020 12:55:47 +0000An Uncrowned Tudor Queen, the Science of Skin and Other New Books to Read five July releases may have been lost in the news cycleFri, 10 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +0000Mars Had Landslide-Powered Tsunamis That Put Earth's Mega-Waves to Shame huge mass of material fell down a mountain and into the Red Planet's ancient ocean.Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000What to Know About the Three Mars Missions Launching in Julyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com different countries are about to send landers and orbiters to the Red PlanetThu, 09 Jul 2020 13:41:26 +0000Native Americans and Polynesians Met Around 1200 A.D. analysis of their modern descendants shows that people from the Pacific Islands and South America interacted long before Europeans arrivedWed, 08 Jul 2020 15:00:00 +0000Why Is Ivory So Precious? And More Questions From Our Readers’ve got questions. We’ve got expertsWed, 08 Jul 2020 14:30:00 +0000How COVID-19 Will Change the Way We Fight Wildfires for the return of the Smokey Bear method as social distancing prevents firefighters from using more modern strategiesTue, 07 Jul 2020 13:30:00 +0000What Can Bonobos Teach Us About the Nature of Language? famed researcher's daring investigation into ape communication—and the backlash it has causedTue, 07 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000Pooled Testing Could Be the Fastest and Cheapest Way to Increase Coronavirus Screening swabs from multiple individuals in a single test gets more people diagnosed using fewer suppliesMon, 06 Jul 2020 12:30:00 +0000A Submerged 7,000-Year-Old Discovery Shows the Great Potential of Underwater Archaeology tools scattered on the seafloor mark the oldest underwater site ever found on the continent.Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:00:00 +0000The COVID-19 Slowdown Will Show Whether Quieter Seas Help Killer Whales the help of a poop-sniffing dog, scientists are on the scent of a troubled species.Mon, 29 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000National Zoo Mourns Beloved Member of Its Herd 45-year-old Asian elephant Shanthi was one of the most studied in the worldSat, 27 Jun 2020 13:02:27 +0000How Museum Collections Could Help Scientists Predict Future Pandemics broad array of animal specimens could allow researchers to identify likely pathogen sources, hosts and transmission pathwaysFri, 26 Jun 2020 16:02:05 +0000Why Fireworks Scare Some Dogs but Not Others scientists investigate why loud sounds cause some dogs to lose their cool and offer insight on effective treatmentFri, 26 Jun 2020 14:33:16 +0000Husky Ancestors Started Hauling Sleds for Humans Nearly 10,000 Years Ago genetic study shows that today's Arctic sled dogs have something curious in common with polar bearsThu, 25 Jun 2020 18:00:00 +0000A Virus Study You’ve Never Heard of Helped Us Understand COVID-19 Columbia University researchers learned when they tried to get a complete picture of how respiratory viruses spread across ManhattanThu, 25 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000COVID-19 Adds a New Snag to the 2020 Census Count of Native Americans nation's indigenous population has long been undercounted, but the pandemic presents extra hurdlesTue, 23 Jun 2020 13:30:00 +0000Why Hawk Moths Are the Underdogs of the Pollinator World pollinators safeguard many habitats, visiting the rare and beautiful flowers of many native and endangered plantsMon, 22 Jun 2020 15:16:21 +0000The Incredible Restoration of the First Air Force Onehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com President Eisenhower flew, he did so in styleMon, 22 Jun 2020 13:45:20 +0000Is COVID-19 the Tipping Point for Telemedicine? in place has pushed virtual health care into the mainstream, making us wonder if we'll ever go back to waiting roomsFri, 19 Jun 2020 14:44:03 +0000Smithsonian Scientists Bring the Planets to the Publichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com pair of researchers at the National Air and Space Museum want everyone to be able to tour the solar systemThu, 18 Jun 2020 19:35:29 +0000Brain Gene Tops the List for Making Humans, Human a study involving marmosets, a primate genetically similar to humans, researchers have come closer to understanding brain evolutionThu, 18 Jun 2020 18:00:00 +0000Do Volcanoes Spew a Cooler Lava? geologist Liz Cottrell has answers to your questions on black lava and the Earth’s molten outer core in the "Dr Is In" video seriesThu, 18 Jun 2020 15:10:42 +0000The Maya Ruins at Uxmal Still Have More Stories to Tell remains of a provinical capital on the Yucatan Peninsula attest to a people trying to fortify their place in the worldWed, 17 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000These Scientists Hunt for Viruses in Animals Before They Strike Humans before the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers were searching for potential human pathogens in wild animals. They’ve found thousandsTue, 16 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000The Best Shots From NASA's Photographer of the Year Competitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com looking at the winners filled with photos taken by the agencyMon, 15 Jun 2020 21:33:48 +0000How Space Exploration and the Fight For Equal Rights Clashed Then and Now curator Margaret Weitekamp reflects on the historic parallel between 2020 and 1969Mon, 15 Jun 2020 21:20:07 +0000The Inventor of Ibuprofen Tested the Drug on His Own Hangover Adams' headache subsided—and his over-the-counter pain reliever became one of the world's most popular medicationsMon, 15 Jun 2020 13:00:00 +0000Seventy-Five Scientific Research Projects You Can Contribute to Online astrophysicists to entomologists, many researchers need the help of citizen scientists to sift through immense data collectionsMon, 15 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000Bringing Back Sea Otters Benefits People, Too predators compete with fisheries for shellfish along the Pacific coast, but an economic analysis explains the positives of reintroductionFri, 12 Jun 2020 16:11:54 +0000