Science | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenFri, 07 Aug 2020 14:40:50 +0000How to Identify Rocks and Other Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/08/06/how-identify-rocks-and-other-questions-our-readers/Don'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 Annuallyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seabird-poop-worth-more-1-billion-annually-180975504/Scientists 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 Lockdownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/conservation-commons/2020/08/05/capacity-building-covid-conservation-solution-world-lockdown-part-1/Capacity 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-institution-office-fellowships-and-int/2020/07/28/einsteins-relatively-surprising-test-results/Smithsonian 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 Levelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-environmental-research-center/2020/07/30/river-otters-take-party-pooping-new-level/Latrines 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, Toohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaurs-suffered-cancer-too-180975467/A 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 Parasiteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/08/03/why-we-need-save-parasites/Extinction 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/should-plants-and-animals-relocate-because-climate-change-be-considered-invasive-180975456/Some 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 Swimhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/researchers-discover-how-human-sperm-really-swim-180975453/A 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 Learnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-much-dogs-intelligence-hereditary-180975448/A 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2020/07/26/exploring-underwater-caves-and-22-other-smithsonian-associates-programs-streaming-august/Exploring 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. Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tracing-history-united-states-through-history-hurricanes-180975436/A 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 Perseverancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/air-space-museum/2020/07/28/mars-rover-perseverance/Find 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 MOXIEhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasa-launching-instrument-make-oxygen-mars-180975430/A 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 Typhushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-a-public-health-campaign-warsaw-ghetto-stemmed-spread-typhus-180975418/A 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 Pandemicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/in-social-insects-researchers-find-clues-battling-pandemics-180975402/Studying 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 Societieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/07/21/meet-scientist-studying-how-cellphones-change-societies/"Smartphones embody globalization," says the Smithsonian cultural anthropologist Josh BellFri, 24 Jul 2020 15:46:11 +0000How Dinosaurs Raised Their Younghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaurs-parents-new-egg-discovery-180975361/New 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-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-scientists-know-about-how-children-spread-covid-19-180975396/As 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 Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/air-space-museum/2020/07/22/launching-hope-mars/National 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 Americashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-did-humans-reach-america-mexican-mountain-cave-artifacts-raise-new-questions-180975385/In 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 Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/dolphin-has-been-living-solo-in-this-irish-harbor-for-decades-180975374/Named 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 Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bird-named-confederate-general-sparks-calls-change-180975376/McCown’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 Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/Elusive-Ultra-black-Fishes-Are-Cloaked-to-Survive-the-Deep-Ocean-180975367/Special 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 24https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-zoo-one-first-two-smithsonian-sites-reopen-july24-180975276/Two 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' Meanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-racism-public-health-issue-means-180975326/Epidemiologist Sharrelle Barber discusses the racial inequalities that exist for COVID-19 and many other health conditionsMon, 20 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000How Viruses Evolvehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-viruses-evolve-180975343/Pathogens 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 Heroeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2020/07/14/ecologists-dig-prairie-dogs-and-you-should-too/Although 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 Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/07/16/vipers-dna-reveals-ancient-map-south-america/Although 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mrna-vaccines-covid-19-180975330/A 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 Motherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/help-transcribe-field-notes-penned-ann-dunham-pioneering-anthropologist-barack-obama-mother-180975310/Newly 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 Lockdownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-scientific-achievements-happened-during-coronavirus-lockdown-180975271/Quarantine 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/single-use-plastic-covid-180975312/Studies 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 Symptomshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/band-aid-patch-could-detect-early-covid-19-symptoms-180975301/Northwestern 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 Bacteriahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/quarantine-body-wonder-system-bacteria-180975299/The 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-covid-19-spell-end-outdoor-and-environmental-education-180975295/The 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 Readhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/uncrowned-tudor-queen-science-skin-and-other-new-books-read-180975264/These 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 Shamehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mars-tsunamis-olympus-mons-180975216/A 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.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/armada-mars-180974936/Three 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.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/native-americans-polynesians-meet-180975269/Genetic 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 Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-ivory-precious-more-questions-readers-180975209/You’ve got questions. We’ve got expertsWed, 08 Jul 2020 14:30:00 +0000How COVID-19 Will Change the Way We Fight Wildfireshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wildfire-season-covid-19-180975250/Prepare 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bonobos-teach-humans-about-nature-language-180975191/A 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 Screeninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pool-testing-could-be-fastest-cheapest-way-increase-coronavirus-screening-180975251/Placing 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 Archaeologyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/archaeology-underwater-australia-180975235/Stone 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 Whaleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/quieter-seas-covid-19-killer-whales-180975177/With 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 Herdhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-zoo-mourns-beloved-member-its-herd-180975211/The 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 Pandemicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-museum-collections-could-help-scientists-predict-future-pandemics-180975194/The 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 Othershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/firework-fear-why-your-dog-does-or-doesnt-react-and-how-you-should-180975182/Canine 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/husky-ancestors-sled-dog-dna-180975180/A 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-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/virome-manhattan-jeffery-shaman-columbia-covid-19-180975172/What 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 Americanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/covid-19-adds-new-snag-to-2020-census-count-native-americans-180975150/The 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 Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/06/22/why-hawk-moths-are-underdogs-pollinator-world/These 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.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/first-air-force-one-180974937/When President Eisenhower flew, he did so in styleMon, 22 Jun 2020 13:45:20 +0000Is COVID-19 the Tipping Point for Telemedicine?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/is-covid-19-tipping-point-for-telemedicine-180975131/Sheltering 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.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/where-everyone-can-tour-solar-systemand-beyond-180974947/A 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, Humanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/brain-gene-tops-list-making-humans-human-180975128/In 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/06/18/which-volcano-spews-cold-lava-and-other-questions-our-readers/Smithsonian 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 Tellhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/uxmal-maya-ruins-180974992/The 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 Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-hunt-viruses-animals-before-strike-humans-180975081/Even 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.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/nasa-photographer-year-180975091/Enjoy 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 Nowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/air-space-museum/2020/06/15/challenge-us-historical-reflection-1969-and-2020/Smithsonian 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 Hangoverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/inventor-ibuprofen-tested-drug-his-own-hangover-180975088/Stewart 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 Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/75-scientific-research-projects-you-can-contribute-online-180975050/From 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, Toohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sea-otter-benefits-180975086/These 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