Science | Smithsonian Magazine feed for ScienceenThu, 22 Jul 2021 18:01:00 +0000Why Australia's Trash Bin–Raiding Cockatoos Are the 'Punks of the Bird World' birds can bust open garbage lids—and the behavior is catching on fast, which could be a sign of social learningThu, 22 Jul 2021 18:01:00 +0000Scientists Award the Pygmy Sorrel Moth a Big Title minute species now holds the coveted title of world's smallest moth Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:39:46 +0000When Claims of 'Discoveries' in the Amazon Ring False news broke worldwide of an incredible find in Colombia, local experts and guides say their knowledge was ignored and the region was misrepresentedThu, 22 Jul 2021 14:56:28 +0000Why Papua New Guinea's Highlanders Differ Physically From Those Living Near Sea Level research shows villagers living at high altitude are shorter, have higher lung capacity and have smaller waistlinesWed, 21 Jul 2021 18:00:00 +0000Marvel at the World's Most Magnificent Moths thousands of species of moths worldwide, each with unique characteristics, check out these unusual specimens in the Smithsonian collections Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:07:16 +0000These Moths Are So Gorgeous They 'Put Butterflies to Shame' celebrate National Moth Week, bask in the beautiful variety of these oft-overlooked insectsMon, 19 Jul 2021 14:18:53 +0000New Study Suggests Cannabis' Wild Ancestors Likely Came from China analysis identifies East Asia as a potential source of genetic diversity for the growing market for medical and recreational marijuana Fri, 16 Jul 2021 18:00:00 +0000The Strangely Scientific Endeavor of Making Ice Cream cream's texture is the result of the same processes that govern concepts like forest recovery, rock formation and sub-zero survival in animals. Fri, 16 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +000010 Things You Didn't Know About Flamingos's more to these birds than their bright pink feathers; get to know these delightfully unusual creaturesThu, 15 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000New Study Shows Dogs Don't Return the Favor After Strangers Feed Them new lab experiment reveals pooches don’t pay humans back with a treat after the canines are fed Wed, 14 Jul 2021 18:00:00 +0000Giant New Predators Killing Imperiled Albatrosses show southern giant petrels killing Gough Island’s beautiful endangered seabirdsTue, 13 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0000West African Scientists Are Leading the Science Behind a Malaria Vaccine in Mali have been working for decades on the treatment that's now in the final phase of clinical trialsTue, 13 Jul 2021 13:28:01 +0000Other Mammals, Not Dinosaurs, Kept Our Ancestors Down asteroid impact that ended the Cretaceous gave our mammalian ancestors, the therians, an edge over their mammalian competitorsTue, 13 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0000Meet the Reef Expert Collecting Environmental Time Capsules DNA in waters worldwide can help scientists figure out which places are the most important for conservationTue, 13 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000The Science of Predicting When Bluffs in Southern California Will Collapse are using lidar to better understand the erosional forces that cause oceanfront cliffs to crumbleMon, 12 Jul 2021 17:46:22 +0000Why These Myths Perpetuate Who Can Work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers a child to draw a scientist, and research says they’ll often draw an older, usually white, man, with wild hair, wearing a lab coat and gogglesMon, 12 Jul 2021 14:47:08 +0000Can New Tools Help Beachgoers Predict the Likelihood That a Shark Is Nearby? whites have returned to Cape Cod, and efforts are underway to help people coexist with themThu, 08 Jul 2021 17:39:23 +0000Meet the White Tern, a Seabird Surprisingly Thriving in a Big City bird—also known as Manu-o-Kū—has excited ornithologists, its population growing within Honolulu, the busiest of Hawai'i's urban landscapesThu, 08 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000How Nigeria's Oluwaseyi Moejoh's Conservation Activism Is Spreading Across Africa and Beyond founder of U-recycle Initiative Africa, current law student, and all-around force for positive change is a powerful advocate for a sustainable planetThu, 08 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000Eight Fun Facts About Black Widows venomous spiders are nimble, secretive and dangerousWed, 07 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000Help Scientists Solve the Riddle of What Is Killing Birds in the Mid-Atlantic bird researchers are calling on citizen scientists to help figure out the cause Tue, 06 Jul 2021 12:49:35 +0000After a Six-Year Sojourn in Space, Freeze-Dried Mice Sperm Produce Healthy Pups say the finding supports the idea that genetic material can be shipped to other worlds to help establish a diversity of lifeTue, 06 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000Five Free Natural History Programs Streaming in July permafrost to the rainforest canopy to the protection of pollinators, the online events are perfect for beating the summer heatFri, 02 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000Facing Warming Waters, Fishermen Are Taking Up Ocean Farming regenerative ocean farming, this model involves growing shellfish and kelp in underwater gardensWed, 30 Jun 2021 15:30:05 +0000New Species of Beetle Found in 230-Million-Year-Old Feces insect is older than any amber-encased specimen, and may inspire scientists to look for more insects in fossilized dungWed, 30 Jun 2021 15:00:00 +0000Floating Fire Ant Rafts Form Mesmerizing Amoeba-Like Shapes say the morphing colonies help ants feel for solid land in a flooded environment—and might inspire swarming robots one dayTue, 29 Jun 2021 23:01:00 +0000Women in Science Propose Changes to Discriminatory Measures of Scientific Success scientists advocate shifting the current value system, which is biased against women and minorities, towards a more diverse and inclusive model Mon, 28 Jun 2021 14:35:16 +0000Can Scientists Map the Entire Seafloor by 2030? non-profit organizations are betting that with the help of research institutions, private vessels and new technologies, they can do just thatMon, 28 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000A 146,000-Year-Old Fossil Dubbed 'Dragon Man' Might Be One of Our Closest Relatives mysterious Middle Pleistocene skull from a Chinese well has inspired debate among paleoanthropologistsFri, 25 Jun 2021 15:00:00 +0000Why Did James Smithson Leave His Fortune to the U.S. and More Questions From Our Readers've got questions. We've got expertsFri, 25 Jun 2021 14:00:00 +0000How Algae Communicate scientist Valerie Paul studies the ways marine biochemicals can potentially help restore coral reefs and create new biomedicineFri, 25 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000The Science Behind Grilling the Perfect Steak to learn how cooking transforms beef’s flavor? Meat scientists have the answers.Thu, 24 Jun 2021 17:30:13 +0000What Did Stonehenge Sound Like? have developed a new understanding of what it meant to be a member of the inner circleThu, 24 Jun 2021 16:22:58 +0000Dinosaurs Nested in the High Arctic fossils of polar dinosaurs suggest that the reptiles stayed year-roundThu, 24 Jun 2021 15:00:00 +0000Birds Collected Nearly Two Centuries Ago Still Help Scientists Today specimens gathered during an illustrious expedition by naturalist John Kirk Townsend continue to provide value to researchersThu, 24 Jun 2021 14:17:00 +0000The Science Behind the Snacks Animals Eat to please the palates of giant pandas, flamingos and fishing catsThu, 24 Jun 2021 14:02:09 +0000In a Remote Amazon Region, Study Shows Indigenous Peoples Have Practiced Forest Conservation for Millennia researcher Dolores Piperno says native people have always played an important role in sustainabilityWed, 23 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000Will the Oceans of 2030 Brim With Reef Robots and Other Fancy Stuff? a world where an Indigenous fisher can get forecasts of local marine life from a smartphone, or robots offer real-time data on coral reef healthWed, 23 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000The Pandemic Showed What Can Be Done Without Parachute Science international scientists barred from traveling, local scientists in the Pacific islands are taking the chance to lead.Tue, 22 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000The Forgotten French Scientist Who Courted Thomas Jefferson—and Got Pulled Into Scandal decade before Lewis and Clark, André Michaux wanted to explore the American continent. Spying for France gave him that chanceTue, 22 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Propose 4,500-Year-Old Burial Mound Was World's First Military Memorial turned a community tomb on the Euphrates into a battle monumentMon, 21 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000New Research of Impact Crater Blows Away Previous Estimates of Its Age say the Boltysh crater in Ukraine formed well after the impact in Mexico that caused the dinosaurs to go extinctFri, 18 Jun 2021 18:00:00 +0000This Implant Could One Day Control Your Sleep and Wake Cycles so-called 'living pharmacy' will be able to manufacture pharmaceuticals from inside the bodyFri, 18 Jun 2021 12:30:00 +0000In Mexico, Dive Tourism Is Worth as Much as Fishing estimate diving and snorkeling bring in up to $725 million annuallyWed, 16 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000Scientists Discover a New Plant Organ structure, called a cantil, holds up the flower-bearing arm of the thale cress, a long-studied speciesTue, 15 Jun 2021 14:25:21 +0000A Bird-Watcher's Field Books Became a Journal of Life's Passions and Travails lover and citizen scientist James W. Eike documented birds near his home in northern Virginia along with the joys of his family lifeTue, 15 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000World's 'Smallest Dinosaur' Revealed to Be a Mystery Reptile analyzed two skulls and made the call, but aren't sure about the exact type of animal they've discoveredMon, 14 Jun 2021 15:00:00 +0000Live Jellyfish Make a Splash in Marine Education's AquaRoom helps scientists learn more about these animals’ lives and educate future generations about their marine neighborsMon, 14 Jun 2021 14:21:57 +0000A (Small) Preemptive Strike Against the Doomsday Asteroidhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com the DART mission, scientists try to prepare for Earth’s worst catastropheMon, 14 Jun 2021 10:30:00 +0000The Sad Truths Behind These Unsettling Works of Art new exhibition reflects on the haunting aesthetics of human impact on the planetMon, 14 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000What Data Scientists Learned by Modeling the Spread of Covid-19 of the disease have become more complex, but are still only as good as the assumptions at their core and the data that feed themFri, 11 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000When the Bison Return, Will Their Habitat Rebound? effort to bring wild bison to the Great Plains aims to restore one of the world’s most endangered ecosystemsTue, 08 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000To Combat Climate Change, Researchers Want to Pull Carbon Dioxide From the Ocean and Turn It Into Rock seawater through an ocean carbon capture plant could chemically convert carbon dioxide to limestone on a grand scaleTue, 08 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000How This 'Star Trek' Fan Became an Oscar-Winning Visual Effects Artist for Sci-Fi Televisionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com Drexler discusses his work on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Battlestar Galactica," and "The Orville"Mon, 07 Jun 2021 16:34:39 +0000Dinosaurs Evolved Flight at Least Three Times new study finds that many feathered dinosaurs were more aerodynamic than previously thoughtMon, 07 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000Puppies Are Born Ready to Communicate With Humans new study finds very young dogs with little human contact can understand pointing gestures—and that the ability has a strong genetic basisThu, 03 Jun 2021 15:00:00 +0000Why Fish Are the Catch of the Day for Climate Research management systems can teach scientists how fish can be raised sustainably in wild fisheries Thu, 03 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000Reptile Traffickers Often Target Newly Described Species trawl recently published scientific papers to get the names and locations of animals to sell to collectorsWed, 02 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000Navigate Hidden Treasures With These Smithsonian 3-D Games technologies give audiences new ways to experience museums that complement a traditional visit, engaging visitors and fueling learning opportunitiesWed, 02 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000Meet Cassowary Brothers Irwin and Dundee, Descendants of Dinosaurs giant bird is considered to be the dinosaurs’ closest living relativeTue, 01 Jun 2021 19:45:49 +0000A Journey to the Northernmost Tree in Alaska Roman Dial leads a team of young scientists on a mission to document a rapidly changing landscapeTue, 01 Jun 2021 16:43:16 +0000This Compact PCR Test for Covid-19 Could Give Accurate Results in 15 Minutes speed and ease of the DASH testing platform would be a boon for screening effortsTue, 01 Jun 2021 14:40:04 +0000Innovation for Good look at the researchers, inventors and community leaders who are bringing creativity and ingenuity to today's biggest challengesTue, 01 Jun 2021 13:28:51 +0000The Softer Side of Sabercats iconic fanged predators may have raised their young for years—dragging baby mastodon bones home for them and slowly teaching them how to huntTue, 01 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000Gummy Candy-Like Models Can Help Students With Blindness Study Chemistry shapes made from gelatin and resin may empower children to learn science Fri, 28 May 2021 18:00:00 +0000The Positive and Negative Impacts of Covid on Nature absence of humans in some places led animals to increase, while the cancellation of conservation work in other places harmed species Thu, 27 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Will Reopen in June tips for visiting the T-Rex, the Hope Diamond and more, when 10 Smithsonian museums reopen this summerWed, 26 May 2021 16:46:50 +0000Thinking of Eating Cicadas? Here Are Six Other Tasty Insects to Try, Too practice of eating insects, known as entomophagy, is widespread around the worldWed, 26 May 2021 14:20:55 +0000What Archaeology Tells Us About the Ancient History of Eating Kosher new study of fish remains deepens scholars' understanding of how the dietary laws came to beTue, 25 May 2021 12:34:01 +0000