Science | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenFri, 25 May 2018 15:47:23 +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 +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 +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 +0000We're All Made of Stardust. Here's Howhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/were-all-made-of-stardust-heres-how_1/13.8 billion years ago, the universe began with a big bang and the atoms it created would find their way into everythingTue, 22 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000The East Coast May Be On the Brink of a Hop Renaissancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/east-coast-may-be-on-brink-hop-renaissance-180969129/Can a farmer and a brewer come together to bring hops back to the eastern United States?Mon, 21 May 2018 16:14:39 +0000The Adorable Chinese Giant Salamander Is Slithering Toward Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/adorable-chinese-giant-salamanders-headed-toward-extinction-180969127/The amphibians could actually be five separate species, some of which may already be extinctMon, 21 May 2018 15:08:08 +0000The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound Rhinoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dangerous-work-relocating-5000-pound-rhinos-180969008/The race is on to save the species: Ride along with an armed convoy deep into the Okavango DeltaMon, 21 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000Can the Northern White Rhino Be Brought Back From the Brink of Extinction?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/northern-white-rhino-brought-back-brink-extinction-180969000/One beloved African breed is extinct in the wild, but scientists still hope to rescue it from oblivionMon, 21 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000Why Photographing Pandas Is More Challenging Than You Might Thinkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-photographing-pandas-more-challenging-you-might-think-180969108/Photojournalist Ami Vitale describes her years of work capturing the lovable furballsMon, 21 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Deception Valley's Deadly Heat is Good for Wildlifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-deception-valleys-deadly-heat-is-good-f/The harsh climate of Deception Valley, a remote section of the Kalahari, deters people from living thereMon, 21 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000How to Protect Your Local Pollinators in Ten Easy Wayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/honor-world-bee-day-protect-your-local-pollinators-these-ten-east-ways-180969111/As the first annual World Bee Day looms, insect and garden lovers are abuzz with excitementThu, 17 May 2018 18:08:01 +0000Sacred Sites Can Also Be Hotspots of Conservationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sacred-sites-conservation-hotspots-180969109/Protecting burial grounds, temples and churchyards can bolster wildlife and forestsThu, 17 May 2018 17:32:16 +0000An 800-Year-Old Shipwreck Helps Archaeologists Piece Together Asia’s Maritime Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/800-year-old-shipwreck-helps-archaeologists-piece-together-fragments-asias-maritime-trade-180969110/A new date for the Java Sea shipwreck could shed light on the politics of Chinese trade routesThu, 17 May 2018 15:02:49 +0000How a British Engineer Made a Bomb That Could Bounce On Waterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-british-engineer-made-bomb-that-could-bounce-on-water-180969095/Seventy-five years ago, Barnes Wallis masterminded a famous World War II attack that involved skipping a bomb into German damsThu, 17 May 2018 14:38:46 +0000You Won't Believe the Size of Botswana's Salt Flatshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/you-wont-believe-the-size-of-botswanas-sal/In Deception Valley, giant salt flats the size of Portugal are a major boon to the Botswanan economyThu, 17 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Where the Doomed, Beloved Polar Bear Is Still a Dangerous Predatorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/doomed-beloved-polar-bear-dangerous-180969092/A grassroots guard in Alaska works to keep people safe from bears, while also keeping bears safe from peopleWed, 16 May 2018 18:39:38 +0000A Botanical Wonderland Resides in the World of Rare and Unusual Bookshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/botanical-wonderland-resides-world-rare-and-unusual-books-180969096/The Smithsonian’s librarian and antiquarian Leslie Overstreet time travels, sharing centuries of horticultural splendors Wed, 16 May 2018 16:44:56 +0000The 18th-Century Lady Mathematician Who Loved Calculus and Godhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/18th-century-lady-mathematician-who-changed-how-calculus-was-taught-180969078/After writing a groundbreaking math textbook, Maria Agnesi quit math for goodWed, 16 May 2018 14:01:19 +0000Famed for “Immortal” Cells, Henrietta Lacks is Immortalized in Portraiturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/famed-immortal-cells-henrietta-lacks-immortalized-portraiture-180969085/Lacks's cells gave rise to medical miracles, but ethical questions of propriety and ownership continue to swirlTue, 15 May 2018 18:46:52 +0000Keeping Feathers Off Hats–And On Birdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/migratory-bird-act-anniversary-keeping-feathers-off-hats-180969077/A new exhibit examines the fashion that lead to the passage, 100 years ago, of the Migratory Bird Act TreatyTue, 15 May 2018 14:25:02 +0000Big Data is Transforming How Astronomers Make Discoverieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/next-big-discovery-astronomy-scientists-probably-found-it-years-ago-they-dont-know-it-yet-180969073/The next game-changer is likely lurking in the data we already have—but it will take scientists years to uncover itTue, 15 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Science Experiment Could Help Us Live on Another Planethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-science-experiment-could-help-us-live-o/In 1991, eight people spent two years living in giant, sealed-off glass domes, deep in the Arizona desertTue, 15 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Can Bringing Back Mammoths Help Stop Climate Change?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-bringing-back-mammoths-stop-climate-change-180969072/Scientists say creating hybrids of the extinct beasts could fix the Arctic tundra and stop greenhouse gas emissionsMon, 14 May 2018 17:43:19 +0000One of the Most Dangerous Mountain Passes in the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/one-of-the-most-dangerous-mountain-passes-in/The Sani Pass, which cuts through the mountain peaks between South Africa and Lesotho, is known for being a death-defying experienceMon, 14 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Stephen Hawking's Stark Warning for Humans to Leave Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/stephen-hawkings-stark-warning-for-humans-t/In one of his final on-camera appearances, iconic physicist Stephen Hawking issued a warning to humanity about the existential threats we faceFri, 11 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Hangover Pill Is Working on Drunk Micehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hangover-pill-working-drunk-mice-180969047/The new antidote may lower blood alcohol levels, helping a hangover and preventing alcohol overdose deathsThu, 10 May 2018 14:55:19 +0000What Can Chimpanzee Calls Tell Us About the Origins of Human Language?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-can-chimpanzee-calls-tell-us-about-origins-human-language-180969027/Scientists follow and record chimps in the wild to find out if they talk to each other—and to fill in details about how and why language evolved in humansThu, 10 May 2018 14:34:20 +0000The Most Beautiful View of South Africa's Tswaing Craterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-most-beautiful-view-of-south-africas-ts_1/About 220,000 years ago, a meteor slammed into a corner of South Africa creating the Tswaing Crater. Today, it's a hotbed of wildlife and exotic vegetationThu, 10 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Do Scientists Identify New Species? For Neanderthals, It Was All About Timing and Luckhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-neanderthals-got-their-name-180968912/Even the most remarkable fossil find means nothing if scientists aren’t ready to see it for what it isWed, 09 May 2018 17:17:21 +0000What Created These Strange Geoglyphs in South Africa?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-created-these-strange-geoglyphs-in-sout/In the Karoo region of South Africa, mysterious spiral shapes carved into the ground have attracted conspiracy theoristsWed, 09 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000What the Longest Known Whale Shark Migration Ever Tells Us About Conservationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-longest-known-whale-shark-migration-ever-tells-us-about-conservation-180969019/Researchers in Panama tracked a specimen via satellite over an unprecedented 12,516 milesTue, 08 May 2018 16:46:03 +0000Why Las Vegas's Landscape Is So Lush and Greenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/why-las-vegass-landscape-is-so-lush-and-green/One of the most important byproducts of the Hoover Dam is an artificial body of water known as Lake MeadTue, 08 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Evolvedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-darwins-theory-evolution-evolved-180968981/A new Smithsonian Book highlights firsthand accounts, diaries, letters and notebooks from aboard the <i>HMS Beagle</i>Mon, 07 May 2018 18:37:55 +0000How Soviet Bomb Tests Paved the Way For U.S. Climate Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-soviet-bomb-test-led-us-climate-science-180968890/The untold story of a failed Russian geoengineering scheme, panic in the Pentagon, and a Nixon-era effort to study global coolingMon, 07 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000How Was Red Rock Canyon Formed?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-was-red-rock-canyon-formed/One of the most important byproducts of the Hoover Dam is an artificial body of water known as Lake MeadMon, 07 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Scientists Have a New Way of Knowing How Many Sharks Are in the Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-have-new-way-knowing-how-many-sharks-are-in-sea-180968964/The predators are elusive, but marine ecologists are finding more of them by analyzing the "environmental DNA" in ocean water samplesFri, 04 May 2018 16:40:59 +0000How Accurately Can Scientists Reconstruct A Person's Face From DNA?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-accurately-can-scientists-reconstruct-persons-face-from-dna-180968951/Predicting physical features from genetic data certainly has its limitations, but it is advancing. What does this mean for our privacy?Fri, 04 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Dissecting Moth Genitals In the Name of Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dissecting-moth-genitals-science-180968905/How “moth evangelist” Eric Metzler uncovered hundreds of moth species in the barren dunes of New MexicoFri, 04 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000These Strange Ocean Creatures Trap Their Food In a Net of Mucushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-strange-ocean-creatures-trap-their-food-net-mucus-180968949/Biologists are finding that these invertebrate grazers can actually be picky eaters—and their choices might influence ocean food websThu, 03 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Birds Flock to This South African Nature Reservehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-birds-flock-to-this-south-african-nature/For sheer biodiversity, it's hard to top iSimangaliso Wetland Park. A World Heritage Site since 1999, it boasts a wealth of varied speciesThu, 03 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Where Clean Drinking Water Is Hard To Find, Bats Could Lead the Wayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/where-clean-drinking-water-is-hard-to-find-bats-could-lead-way-180968941/A wildlife biologist argues that tracking bats, which cover wide areas and need clean water, could be useful in locating potable sourcesWed, 02 May 2018 14:55:44 +0000Why You Can Walk Into a Store and Buy a Nearly Extinct Animalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-you-can-walk-store-and-buy-nearly-extinct-animal-180968892/By commercializing species, humans wield a far bigger influence than they think over the fate of wild plants and animalsWed, 02 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000The DNA Data We Have Is Too White. Scientists Want to Fix Thathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gene-bank-too-white-180968884/In an era of personalized medicine, not including minorities in genetic studies has real-world health impactsMon, 30 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Scientists Name Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-scientists-name-species-180968911/ From the Beyonce fly to the David Attenborough possum, the names we bestow on animals have real conservation impactsFri, 27 Apr 2018 19:07:23 +0000Unraveling the Genetic History of a First Nations Peoplehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mapping-history-first-nations-people-through-their-genes-180968899/By looking at the DNA of Tsimshian people before and after European contact, researchers paint a more nuanced historyThu, 26 Apr 2018 17:22:20 +0000Are Fake Drugs The Reason Malaria Sickens Millions a Year?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fake-drugs-are-one-reason-malaria-still-kills-so-many-180968882/ Fraudulent, expired and low-quality medicines contribute to the disease's death toll—and could worsen drug resistanceTue, 24 Apr 2018 17:27:24 +0000How Poetry and Math Intersecthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-poetry-and-math-intersect-180968869/Both require economy and precision—and each perspective can enhance the otherTue, 24 Apr 2018 13:42:48 +0000Mercury 13: The Women That Should Have Been Astronautshttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/netflix-documentary-emmercury-13em-profiles-women-who-could-werent-allowed-180968856/A new Netflix documentary profiles 13 women were excellent candidates for spaceflight—except that they were womenMon, 23 Apr 2018 16:39:37 +0000Could This Futuristic Vest Give Us a Sixth Sense?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-this-futuristic-vest-give-us-sixth-sense-180968852/For starters, the new technology—appearing on 'Westworld' before hitting the market—could help the deaf parse speech and ambient noiseFri, 20 Apr 2018 17:04:16 +0000What We Can Learn From a New Bird Tree of Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-we-can-learn-new-bird-tree-life-180968849/Sequencing the DNA of more than 10,000 birds could reveal how best to conserve our feathery friends—and when they evolved from dinosaursFri, 20 Apr 2018 15:05:28 +0000Inside Look at Elon Musk-Funded Mars Simulation Projecthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/inside-look-at-the-mars-simulation-project-i/Billionaire Elon Musk has donated money to the Mars Society in Utah. Its purpose is to help scientists prepare for the incredibly hostile conditionsFri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000How to Talk With Evangelicals About Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-to-talk-evangelicals-evolution-180968839/For two years, researchers from the Smithsonian traveled the country explaining the science of our shared originsThu, 19 Apr 2018 17:52:10 +0000Britain's Lake District Was Immortalized by Beatrix Potter, But Is Its Future in Peril?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/britain-lake-district-immortalized-beatrix-potter-beloved-landscape-180968736/Shepherds and ecologists are butting heads over what's next for the beloved landscapeThu, 19 Apr 2018 15:54:10 +0000Richard Branson Speaks on Plan for Space Tourismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/richard-branson-speaks-on-plan-for-space-tou_1/Billionaire Richard Branson has set up Virgin Galactic as part of his dream to conquer the final frontierThu, 19 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Ten Chinese Museums Where You Can See a Dinosaur Fossil Up Closehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/10-places-see-dinosaur-china-180968832/The country's dino explosion has created a mecca for tourists intent on catching a glimpse of feathered dinos and other prehistoric wondersWed, 18 Apr 2018 18:02:23 +0000The Great Chinese Dinosaur Boomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-chinese-dino-boom-180968745/A gold rush of fossil-finding is turning China into the new epicenter of paleontologyWed, 18 Apr 2018 16:13:31 +0000Why Did the Carolina Parakeet Go Extinct?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-carolina-parakeet-go-extinct-180968740/It hasn't been seen for a century. But will the bird species ever fly again?Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000There's No Such Thing as a Hypoallergenic Cathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/theres-no-such-thing-hypoallergenic-cat-180968819/With its short tight curl, many claim that the Cornish Rex is proof that cats can be allergen-free. NopeTue, 17 Apr 2018 17:24:59 +0000A Daring Journey Into the Big Unknown of America's Largest National Parkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/journey-into-big-unknown-americas-largest-national-park-180968741/If dangling from a rope inside a melting glacier is your idea of a vacation, then come with us to Alaska's Wrangell-St. EliasTue, 17 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000What the Large Penises of Tiny Crustaceans Tell Us About Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-large-penises-tiny-crustaceans-tell-us-about-evolution-180968810/Massive male sex organs have their perks, but in the long run, a little modesty paysMon, 16 Apr 2018 19:17:04 +0000First Infant Gorilla Born at the Zoo in Nine Years; Watch a Video of the Birthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-infant-gorilla-born-zoo-nine-years-180968812/Little Moke and his first-time mother Calaya are doing wellMon, 16 Apr 2018 18:42:07 +0000Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Earth’s Past Climateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/everything-you-ever-wanted-know-about-earths-past-climates-180968797/They have a lot to tell us about our futureMon, 16 Apr 2018 16:22:18 +0000Bad News, Night Owls: You Might Have a Higher Risk of Dying Early https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/night-owls-may-have-10-percent-higher-risk-early-death-study-says-180968785/ Researchers found a 10 percent higher risk of early death in late night sleepers, but aren’t sure whyFri, 13 Apr 2018 13:21:39 +0000Illuminating the Ocean’s Teeming Twilight Zone, Before It Disappears https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/illuminating-ocean-twilight-zone-180968768/Like underwater islands, these deep reefs harbor countless creatures that scientists have never heard of, and many they never willFri, 13 Apr 2018 12:30:00 +0000Cameras Catch Adorable Glimpse of Mountain Lion Familyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/cameras-catch-adorable-glimpse-of-mountain-l/Native Montanan Casey Anderson has stumbled across a family of mountain lions living in a nearby cave. He sets up cameras to get a closer lookFri, 13 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Mountain Lion Hides Her Kills in Abandoned Rancheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-mountain-lion-hides-her-kills-in-abando/Adventurer Casey Anderson has tracked a female mountain lion to her unlikely den: an abandoned ranch close to his homeThu, 12 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Ads for E-Cigarettes Today Hearken Back to the Banned Tricks of Big Tobaccohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/electronic-cigarettes-millennial-appeal-ushers-next-generation-nicotine-addicts-180968747/A new 'Joe Camel'-esque phenomenon may be igniting as the new fad takes a 21st-century page out of an old playbookWed, 11 Apr 2018 14:37:39 +0000As Mongolia Melts, Looters Close In On Priceless Artifactshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mongolia-melts-climate-change-looters-close-in-180968764/ Climate change and desperation are putting the country’s unique history at riskWed, 11 Apr 2018 14:22:10 +0000How Culture Guides Belugas' Annual Odysseys Across the Arctichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/culture-guides-belugas-annual-odysseys-across-arctic-180968761/Strong, multi-generational ties help the cetaceans make the same migrations year after yearWed, 11 Apr 2018 13:20:03 +0000Rare 85,000-year-old Finger Bone Complicates Our Understanding of African Migrationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-85000-year-old-finger-bone-could-complicate-our-understanding-african-migration-180968720/The fossil builds on the theory that humans left Africa in multiple waves, and suggests they made it as far as the Arabian DesertMon, 09 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000Science Still Bears the Fingerprints of Colonialism https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-bears-fingerprints-colonialism-180968709/Western science long relied on the knowledge and exploitation of colonized peoples. In many ways, it still doesMon, 09 Apr 2018 12:30:00 +0000The Science Behind the Unbearably Cute IMAX Movie "Pandas"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/science-behind-unbearably-cute-imax-movie-pandas-180968708/Wild populations of these loveable fuzz-faced bears need help, and scientists are on the caseFri, 06 Apr 2018 15:24:44 +0000How a Legendary Storm Chaser Changed the Face of Tornado Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-storm-chaser-changed-face-tornado-science-180968688/In 2013, Tim Samaras died in one of the epic storms he'd spent decades chasing. A new book chronicles his harrowing last daysWed, 04 Apr 2018 19:36:52 +0000The Real Science Behind Your Favorite Nerd Culture at Awesome Conhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/real-science-behind-favorite-nerd-culture-awesome-con-180968673/Astrophysicists, vehicle technicians and biologists joined the party to bring cutting-edge research to fictional worldsWed, 04 Apr 2018 15:55:04 +0000The Memory of Stephen Hawking Endures in Bold Black Hole Research Effortshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/memory-stephen-hawking-endures-bold-black-hole-research-efforts-180968680/Smithsonian scientists hunting these supermassive objects reflect on the legacy of one of the world’s most inspiring intellectsTue, 03 Apr 2018 20:27:52 +0000How Advertising Shaped the First Opioid Epidemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-advertising-shaped-first-opioid-epidemic-180968444/And what it can teach us about the secondTue, 03 Apr 2018 12:30:00 +0000Why Prime Numbers Still Surprise and Mystify Mathematicians https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-prime-numbers-still-fascinate-mathematicians-180968652/ 2300 years later, new patterns continue to show up in these indivisible trickstersMon, 02 Apr 2018 17:05:10 +0000The Rockstar Geologist Who Mapped the Minerals of the Cosmoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/smithsonians-rockstar-geologist-who-mapped-minerals-cosmos-180968640/A professor told Ursula Marvin she should learn to cook. Instead she chased down meteorites in AntarcticaFri, 30 Mar 2018 16:33:59 +0000Watch a Man Snatch an Angry Cobra With His Bare Handshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/watch-a-man-snatch-an-angry-cobra-with-his-b/How do you deal with a king cobra that's holed up in a busy village in India? If you’re Gowri Shankar, it’s a simple matter of snake by the tailFri, 30 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Did a Venomous Fish Evolve a Glowing Eye Spike?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-venomous-fish-glowing-eye-spike-180968627/A newly discovered “lachrymal saber” could illuminate relationships between an order of deadly fishesThu, 29 Mar 2018 15:11:06 +0000