Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Flowers Manipulate Light to Send Secret Signals to Bees Come-hither blue haloes are just one of the effects employed by nature’s first nanotechnologists Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The "Science" Behind "Geostorm", the Newest Weather-Fueled Doomsday Flick have long sought control over the weather, but have yet to find a realistic way to master itWed, 18 Oct 2017 14:46:49 +0000How Japan's Bear-Worshipping Indigenous Group Fought Its Way to Cultural Relevance a long time, Japanese anthropologists and officials tried to bury the Ainu. It didn't workWed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Inventing a Vocabulary to Help Inuit People Talk About Climate Change team is working with Inuvialuit elders to come up with a renewable energy terminology—and maybe revive a dying languageTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Are the Three Main Categories of Bloodstain Patterns pattern analysis is used in murder investigations - analysts draw on chemistry, mathematics and physics to determine the area of originTue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Ten Technologies That Will Change Our Lives, Soonish scientist and admired cartoonist explore how today’s research is becoming tomorrow’s innovations in a new bookMon, 16 Oct 2017 16:42:38 +0000Why NASA Needs To Establish Martian Law Mars colonists may want to form their own legal system. What would stop them?Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:55:24 +0000Mothers Adopt a Universal Tone of Voice When They Talk To Babies other surprising facts about how we speak to infantsFri, 13 Oct 2017 15:58:53 +0000The 1938 Hurricane That Revived New England's Fall Colors epic natural disaster restored the forest of an earlier AmericaThu, 12 Oct 2017 13:55:07 +0000The Musk Turtle Beer Koozie and Other Household Items We Use for Science the going gets tough, creative researchers turn to plastic lizard protectors, monkey loofahs and deer vagina trackersWed, 11 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Island Where Scientists Bring Extinct Reptiles Back to Life (Nope, Not That One) a long-dead Galapagos tortoise will take Jurassic Park-esque tactics—but have humans already intervened too much?Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Trinity Site Offers a Rare Chance to Visit Ground Zero of the World’s First Atomic Bomb Explosion detonation site is only open to civilians twice a yearFri, 06 Oct 2017 15:51:16 +0000How to Give Dead Animals a Second Life: The Art of Skeleton Articulation deRoos and Michi Main build beautiful models from the remains of Pacific sea creaturesThu, 05 Oct 2017 16:12:12 +0000How the American Women Codebreakers of WWII Helped Win the War new book documents the triumphs and challenges of more than 10,000 women who worked behind the scenes of wartime intelligenceThu, 05 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Explore the Secret Lives of Animals With These Marvelous Maps new book considers how sophisticated tracking technology and the data it collects can improve conservation strategiesTue, 03 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Stinky Cheese Tells Us About the Science of Disgust does this pungent delicacy give some the munchies, but send others reeling to the toilet?Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Does Human Echolocation Work? since he was very young, Daniel Kish is the world's foremost proponent of using vocal clicks to navigateMon, 02 Oct 2017 13:45:57 +0000With Federal Funds Dwindling, Climate Scientists Turn to Unusual Partnerships to Study Methane in a Warming Arctic the urgency of climate change becomes tangible to those in the Arctic, federal funds are growing harder to come byFri, 29 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Ancient Whale Baleen Artifacts Can Now Tell New Stories an innovative protein analysis technique helped solve a decades-old mystery Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Rock Lobster From a Farm Could Soon Be Coming To a Menu Near You lobster isn't just a B52's song, it's a beloved meal around the world. And now scientists have figured out how to raise them on a farmThu, 28 Sep 2017 19:59:20 +0000The Chemistry and Physics Behind the Perfect Cup of Coffee science helps your barista brew your espresso perfectly every timeThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:26:03 +0000Fall in Love With This Newly Discovered Giant Island Rat Vangunu rat is the first rodent species to come to light on the Solomon Islands in 80 years—and it’s already endangeredWed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Your Frustration Helps Your Baby Learn adults struggle with a difficult task can teach young children the value of hard workMon, 25 Sep 2017 17:11:53 +0000Modern Humans and Neanderthals May Be More Similar Than We Imagined remarkably preserved 49,000-year-old skeleton shows that Neanderthal kids may have grown slowly, like usFri, 22 Sep 2017 17:03:41 +0000Ancient DNA Helps Scientists Shed Light on How Ancient Africans Moved and Mixed techniques help explain why there is little genetic overlap between modern and ancient Malawi people—and promise much moreThu, 21 Sep 2017 17:54:30 +0000The Color-Changing Marvel of Tree Frogs Looking for Love new study sheds light on the wild world of "dynamically dichromatic" amphibiansThu, 21 Sep 2017 16:53:15 +0000How Mexico City’s Unique Geology Makes Deadly Earthquakes Even Worse entire country—but especially the capital—has all the ingredients for seismic catastropheWed, 20 Sep 2017 18:41:59 +0000How Scientists Engineered Cassini’s Final Demise After a rich scientific life, Cassini went out in a blaze, becoming one with the planet it had revolved around for so longWed, 20 Sep 2017 14:49:18 +0000A Honey Badger Barrels Through a Sharp Thorn Tree for Lunch rock rat is hiding from his predator, a honey badger, in the midst of a Namibian sweet thorn tree. But he doesn't count on his opponent's determinationWed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Star-Studded Photos Reveal the Beauty of Armenia's Ancient Landscapes photographer behind 'Your beautiful eyes' documents his country's storied landscape beneath canopies of starsWed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000What’s Actually New About Today’s Newfangled Birth Control Apps? futuristic-sounding apps are on the rise, but it’s key to separate the data from the hypeTue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000The World Has Millions of Colors. Why Do We Only Name a Few? scientists suggest that we name the colors of things we want to talk about Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Will Fake Mars Missions Actually Help Us Get to Mars?https://www.smithsonianmag.com we learn anything by pretending?Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:44:12 +0000How an Environmental Activist Became a Pioneer for Climate Justice in India India’s emissions will take more than science—it will take a new paradigm of de-colonialism, says Sunita NarainFri, 15 Sep 2017 16:19:11 +0000No Panda Cub From the Zoo's Mei Xiang This Year a summer of close monitoring, zoo officials announced the 19-year-old animal wouldn't be giving birthThu, 14 Sep 2017 21:03:03 +0000The National Parks Face a Looming Existential Crisis uncertainty and a changing climate converge to forge the park system's biggest challenge yetThu, 14 Sep 2017 15:20:00 +0000Your Childhood Experiences Can Permanently Change Your DNA investigation into more than 500 children shows that upbringing can have dramatic effects on human health Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000What's Really in That Tuna Roll? DNA Testing Can Help You Find Out rapidly evolving tech aims to empower consumers and shine a light on the food industryWed, 13 Sep 2017 14:23:37 +0000The Ultimate Summer Camp Activity: Digging for Dinosaurs the intrepid teenagers and teenagers-at-heart who swelter in the heat hunting for fossilsWed, 13 Sep 2017 12:00:20 +0000Oysters Can Get Herpes, And It's Killing Them A deadly virus threatens to decimate oyster populations around the worldTue, 12 Sep 2017 19:14:52 +0000With Smart Planning, Coffee and Bees Can Survive Climate Change a new study, a Smithsonian scientist says coffee-growers have optionsMon, 11 Sep 2017 19:50:43 +0000When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go On nutritionists have the Herculean task of feeding thousands of charges, come hurricane, tornado or terrorist attackMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:30:00 +0000Baby Tiger Travels by Southwest Jet, in Search of a Better Life in San Diego with his birthmother, a National Zoo cub seeks friendship in San DiegoMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:17:47 +0000This Honey Badger Endures Bee Stings for His Favorite Treat the honey badger is on a mission to taste honey for the first time. To do so, he must break into a hive and withstand the fury of a bee hordeMon, 11 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000The World is Running Out of Sand The little-known exploitation of this seemingly infinite resource could wreak political and environmental havocFri, 08 Sep 2017 15:15:59 +0000The World's Parasites Are Going Extinct. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Thing to one-third of parasite species could vanish over the next few decades, disrupting ecosystems and even human healthThu, 07 Sep 2017 20:12:37 +0000A Few Bad Scientists Are Threatening to Topple Taxonomy species forms the foundation of biology—but these rogue researchers are exposing the flaws in the systemThu, 07 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Moon Landing Was the Television Event of the Decade June 16, 1969, Americans filled highways, streets and homes to witness the launch of a rocket from the Kennedy Space Center: the legendary Apollo 11Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Unlikely Medical History of Chocolate Syrup the sundae staple went from treatment to just treat Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:42:32 +0000How Forest Forensics Could Prevent the Theft of Ancient Trees track down timber thieves, researchers are turning to new tech and tried-and-true criminal justice techniquesWed, 06 Sep 2017 15:32:58 +0000Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesota Pollinator Friendly Solar Act has solar companies and commercial beekeepers working togetherTue, 05 Sep 2017 19:40:25 +0000How Coastal Cities Are Evolving to Deal With Extreme Rain the specter of more and worse rainstorms, these vulnerable areas are turning to innovative urban design Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:41:03 +0000Stress Is Killing These Teeny Lemurs, and The Story Is In Their Hair the fur of Madagascar’s gray mouse lemurs reveal a bevy of environmental pressuresTue, 05 Sep 2017 14:30:05 +0000Forty Years Later, the Voyager Spacecraft Remain Beacons of Human Imagination the mission that opened Earth’s eyes to the vastness and wonder of spaceFri, 01 Sep 2017 18:45:56 +0000A Whale’s Baleen Bristles Reveal the Story of Its Life tree rings, these layered plates hold chemical clues to how the animals adapt to a changing worldFri, 01 Sep 2017 17:41:37 +0000The Secret Lives of Cannibal Stars Revealed, Thanks to 15th Century Korean Astronomers the first time ever, astrophysicists observe the entire life cycle of a binary star systemThu, 31 Aug 2017 16:24:53 +0000Once You See These Brand New "Screaming Armadillo" Pups, You'll Be Screaming Too armor is impervious to this cuteness now at the National ZooThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:36:32 +0000Prying Apart the Mighty Bite of a Malaysian Trap-Jaw Ant mandibles strike in a fraction of a blink of an eye, but how does it do it?Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:05:00 +0000Costa Rica Let a Juice Company Dump Their Orange Peels in the Forest—and It Helped a controversial experiment actually bore fruitWed, 30 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Killing Moose Can Save Caribou often requires difficult decisionsTue, 29 Aug 2017 17:40:08 +0000The Universe Needs You: To Help in the Hunt for Planet 9 one citizen science endeavor is using the Internet to democratize the search for distant worldsMon, 28 Aug 2017 13:46:59 +0000Will Supervolcanoes Help Power Our Future? new deposits of lithium could change the global politics of battery production—if we can get at themFri, 25 Aug 2017 15:10:36 +0000This 19th Century Lady Doctor Helped Usher Indian Women Into Medicine Joshee dedicated her career to treating women and helped blaze a path for international doctors training in the U.S.Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:12:09 +0000Scott Kelly's Journey Home After His Year in Space’s longest-orbiting astronaut describes his rocky return to Earth in this adaptation from his book 'Endurance'Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000One Scientist May Have Finally Figured Out the Mystery of Why a Civil War Submarine Sank Navy engineer used creative modeling and her knowledge of underwater explosions to tackle the century-old Hunley conundrumWed, 23 Aug 2017 18:21:54 +0000Bei Bei the Panda Cub Celebrates his Second Birthday in Style notorious sleepyhead manages to rouse himself for fansWed, 23 Aug 2017 16:56:11 +0000Whoa: Polygamous Wolf Spiders Have a Natural Form of Birth Control have figured out how to get rid of unwanted sperm, allowing them to reap the benefits of multiple matesWed, 23 Aug 2017 16:33:55 +0000A Dentist Weighs in On What Really Doomed the Franklin Expedition’s disease may have blackened the explorers' gums and hastened their demise, proposes a history-obsessed dentistry professorTue, 22 Aug 2017 18:54:32 +0000Warning: Here's a King Cobra Swallowing Another Snake Whole the King Cobra is about to eat. He’s sunk his teeth into an ambushed rat snake, shot a dose of neurotoxin into it, and is now about to swallow itTue, 22 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Watch Two King Cobras Romance Each Other cobra mating techniques aren’t subtle. To indicate his interest, the male will engage in frequent headbutting with the femaleMon, 21 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000