Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenMon, 21 Jan 2019 14:43:54 +0000Watch NASA Land the InSight Spacecraft on Mars InSight lander has successfully touched down on MarsMon, 26 Nov 2018 16:36:14 +0000New Prehistoric Shark Species Discovered Alongside Sue the T. Rex teeth of <i>Galagadon nordquistae</i> were discovered in the rock that once surrounded the famous <i>T. rex</i> skeleton. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:43:54 +0000Four Types of Stars That Will Not Exist for Billions or Even Trillions of Years to models of stellar evolution, certain types of stars need longer than the universe has existed to formFri, 18 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000How Scientific Chance and a Little Luck Helped Usher in the Nuclear Age experiments and chance encounters helped Enrico Fermi produce the first nuclear reactorThu, 17 Jan 2019 15:07:29 +0000From Lady Liberty to Hollywood to the Middle East, These Are the Most Exciting Museums Opening in 2019 new institutions devoted to mascots, spies, archaeological sites, American icons and much more this yearThu, 17 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Used a Robot to Study How Prehistoric Lizards Walked, a robot version of an ancestor to the dinosaurs, is helping fill in some gaps in the evolution of walkingWed, 16 Jan 2019 18:00:00 +0000San Diego’s Frozen Zoo Offers Hope for Endangered Species Around the World largest animal cryobank in the world is a rich source of genetic knowledge that may one day be used to bring endangered species back from the brinkWed, 16 Jan 2019 15:25:44 +0000Disintegrating Planets Could Be the Key to Discovering What Worlds Are Made Of that have been ripped apart by their host stars could provide an opportunity to measure the minerals of the galaxyTue, 15 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Twelve Anniversaries and Events Worth Traveling For in 2019 will mark Singapore's bicentennial, the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death and a total solar eclipse in South AmericaMon, 14 Jan 2019 20:55:21 +0000The Statistician Who Debunked Sexist Myths About Skull Size and Intelligence she laid bare the false claim of women's intellectual inferiority, Alice Lee failed to apply the same logic to raceMon, 14 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000To Study Rare Sharks, Scientists Are Heading to Fish Markets biologists are combing fish markets around the world to study what comes up in the nets, and sometimes the catch is full of surprises Thu, 10 Jan 2019 19:11:45 +0000Nine Innovators to Watch in 2019 big thinkers are set to make news this year with exciting developments in transportation, energy, health, food science and moreThu, 10 Jan 2019 16:28:32 +0000This Lobster Trap Aims to Protect Endangered Whales — and Fishers’ Livelihoods team of engineers is designing a low-cost, lineless, self-surfacing lobster trap that would prevent right whale entanglementThu, 10 Jan 2019 14:48:15 +0000How New York Separated Immigrant Families in the Smallpox Outbreak of 1901 were administered by police raids, parents and children were torn apart, and the New York City Health Department controlled the narrativeThu, 10 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Detailed Scans of Ancient Human Skull Reveal Structure of the Brain and Inner Ear skull of "Little Foot," one of the oldest known hominins, continues to teach researchers about human evolution Wed, 09 Jan 2019 15:46:39 +0000'The End of Ice,' and the Arctic Communities Already Grappling With a Warming World new book highlights the changes endured by inhabitants of the Arctic, serving as a harbinger of what’s to come in lower latitudes Tue, 08 Jan 2019 18:57:48 +0000New Tracking Technology Reveals Hidden Animal Migration Routes improved GPS collars, scientists are mapping more herd migration routes than ever before, a key to conservation efforts in the western United StatesTue, 08 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000How Jean Bennett Found a Way to Treat Hereditary Blindness in Children conversation with chef Spike Gjerde, the molecular geneticist explains how she is paving the way for the future of gene therapyFri, 04 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Skulls With 'Surfer's Ear' Suggest Ancient Pearl Divers in Panama to occur mainly in cold-water environments, a new study shows "surfer's ear" bone spurs can grow even in the tropicsThu, 03 Jan 2019 18:23:41 +0000In Praise of Parasites worm into snails and infect the brains of fish. They’re also examples of sophisticated evolution and keys to ecosystem balance.Thu, 03 Jan 2019 15:49:09 +0000The Oldest Material in the Smithsonian Institution Came From Outer Space after the Allende Meteorite plunged to Earth, scientists still mine its fragments for clues to the cosmosThu, 03 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000The 'Pole of Inaccessibility' Has Eluded Adventurers for More Than a Century winter, explorers will once again set out for the most remote part of the Arctic OceanThu, 03 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Why Are Starfish Shaped Like Stars and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 03 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Behold the Most Distant Object Ever Visited by Spacecraft New Horizons spacecraft has transmitted images from its New Year’s Day approach back to EarthWed, 02 Jan 2019 21:55:58 +0000Ring in the New Year With NASA’s Most Distant Planetary Encounter in History New Horizons spacecraft is on final approach to the distant Kuiper Belt Object, Ultima Thule, and you can follow along liveMon, 31 Dec 2018 19:24:25 +0000What We Learned About Our Human Origins in 2018 an upper jaw to red ocher paintings, two Smithsonian scholars note the significant discoveries in human evolution this trip around the sunFri, 28 Dec 2018 19:47:02 +0000Our Top 11 Stories of 2018 a 50-year-old political scandal to swarms of genetically engineered mosquitos, here are's most-read storiesFri, 28 Dec 2018 18:46:20 +0000Using the Sounds of Nature to Monitor Environmental Change wind speed to temperature to atmospheric density, the sounds of the wilderness can help ecologists learn a lot about our planetFri, 28 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why More Babies Are Conceived in the Cold Winter Months's evidence of seasonal reproduction all the way back to the 1800sThu, 27 Dec 2018 17:01:38 +0000The 17th-Century Astronomer Who Made the First Atlas of the Moon Hevelius drew some of the first maps of the moon, praised for their detail, from his homemade rooftop observatory in the Kingdom of PolandThu, 27 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000From 3-D Printed Gills to AI Dolphin Dictionaries, These Innovations Could Make Us More Like Aquaman you look beyond the movie, you can see how the underwater superhero's signature powers translate in real techFri, 21 Dec 2018 21:31:51 +0000The Missions to the Moon That Never Left the Drawing Board pioneers of science fiction to the height of the space race, these are the ideas for lunar flight that never launchedFri, 21 Dec 2018 16:56:50 +0000The Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2018 the most ancient animal known to a newly defined ocean zone, the world's watery places never cease to amazeThu, 20 Dec 2018 18:36:51 +0000Stump-Grown Christmas Trees Are the Gift That Keeps on Giving the sustainable and ancient method of coppicing, evergreen Christmas trees can be regrown indefinitely Thu, 20 Dec 2018 15:48:28 +0000Armored Dinosaurs Kept Cool With a Labyrinth of Nasal Canals fluid dynamics study suggests the large and intricate passages in ankylosaurs' skulls were a great way to cool off in the CretaceousWed, 19 Dec 2018 18:00:00 +0000To Help Corals Fight Back, Scientists Are Breeding Populations Separated by Hundreds of Miles new study demonstrates that assisted reproduction using cryopreserved sperm leads to offspring that might be more resilient in the face of climate changeWed, 19 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000The First Female Student at MIT Started an All-Women Chemistry Lab and Fought for Food Safety Swallow Richards applied chemistry to the home to advocate for consumer safety and women's educationTue, 18 Dec 2018 17:30:33 +0000The Nerdiest Christmas Cards Ever May Be These Microscope Slides Composed of Shells unusual holiday exchange, which lasted decades during the early 20th-century, hints at the drama between the two colleaguesMon, 17 Dec 2018 16:21:23 +0000The Ill-Fated Expedition of a 19th-Century Scientist to Explore the California Wilderness facing exposure and starvation, Josiah Gregg insisted on stopping to take measurements and observations, much to his companions' distressMon, 17 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000We Still Don’t Know Why the Reign of the Dinosaurs Ended asteroid strike on the Yucatán Peninsula 66 million years ago is only part of the storyFri, 14 Dec 2018 17:50:50 +0000NASA Won’t Be Going ‘Back’ to the Moon—It Wants to Go Beyond It a 50th-anniversary event for Apollo 8, NASA’s Jim Bridenstine envisioned the moon’s potential for future space explorationThu, 13 Dec 2018 19:50:22 +0000Ant Colonies Retain Memories That Outlast the Lifespans of Individuals ant colony can thrive for decades, changing its behavior based on past events even as individual ants die off every year or soWed, 12 Dec 2018 18:36:45 +0000The Mind-Bending Math Behind Spot It!, the Beloved Family Card Game simple matching game has some deceptively complex mathematics behind the scenes Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:21:08 +0000Why Did Humans Lose Their Fur? are the naked apes of the world, having shed most of our body hair long agoTue, 11 Dec 2018 16:40:27 +0000How Apollo 8 ‘Saved 1968’ unforgettable, 99.9 percent perfect, December moon mission marked the end of a tumultuous year Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:23:22 +0000Thousand-Year-Old Rock Art Likely Served as a Gathering Point for Llama Caravans Crossing the Andes caravans, whether supported by mules, camels or llamas, have helped archaeologists piece together the past in many corners of the worldMon, 10 Dec 2018 18:07:21 +0000Google's New AI Is a Master of Games, but How Does It Compare to the Human Mind? building AlphaGo to beat the world's best Go players, Google DeepMind built AlphaZero to take on the world's best machine playersMon, 10 Dec 2018 15:25:07 +0000China Launches First Mission to Land on the Far Side of the Moon glimpsed by humanity until 1959, the surface of the far side of the Moon has never been visited beforeFri, 07 Dec 2018 18:25:20 +0000The Ten Best Science Books of 2018 titles explore the wide-ranging implications of new discoveries and experiments, while grounding them in historical contextThu, 06 Dec 2018 16:18:34 +0000Like Whales and Dolphins, Prehistoric 'Fish Lizards' Kept Warm With Blubber new analysis of a pristine ichthyosaur fossil reveals that the prehistoric marine reptile had a layer of insulating fatty tissueWed, 05 Dec 2018 18:29:17 +0000The Complicated History of the Human and Elephant Relationship the new exhibition, “Game Change,” Smithsonian Libraries delves into 150 years of hunting and conservationTue, 04 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000Asteroid Sample-Return Mission Arrives to Collect Primordial Rocks of the Solar System the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at its target asteroid Bennu, scientists on the ground prepare for a new bounty of planetary samples Mon, 03 Dec 2018 17:08:35 +0000What's New, and What's Not, in the Reported Birth of the CRISPR Babies human DNA, either in embryos or in cells that are reintroduced to the body, had come a long way before Lulu and Nana were bornMon, 03 Dec 2018 15:23:35 +0000As Port Cities Dredge Deeper to Accommodate Growing Cargo Ships, the Risk of Inland Flooding May Rise smoothing and deepening waterways, the hydrodynamics of estuaries and rivers can be dramatically changed to invite in the seaFri, 30 Nov 2018 17:04:00 +0000The Best Books of 2018 our efforts to increase and diffuse knowledge, we highly recommend these 70 titles released this yearFri, 30 Nov 2018 14:35:29 +0000Prehistoric Whale Jaw Bone Sheds Light on the Evolution of Baleen in a museums’ collections for years, a fossil provides a link between past and present feeding mechanismsThu, 29 Nov 2018 16:42:45 +0000Stone Tools at Arabian “Crossroads” Present Mysteries of Ancient Human Migration made stone tools in central Arabia 190,000 years ago, and the hand axe technology raises questions about just who they wereThu, 29 Nov 2018 14:00:00 +0000If Light Can't Escape Black Holes, How Do We Get Photos of Them... and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000North America's Earliest Smokers May Have Helped Launch the Agricultural Revolution archaeologists push back the dates for the spread of tobacco use, new questions are emerging about trade networks and agricultureThu, 29 Nov 2018 12:30:00 +0000Scientists Measure the Second With Record-Breaking Precision new generation of optical clocks are becoming ever more reliable as physicists work to redefine timeWed, 28 Nov 2018 21:08:59 +0000Coral Larvae Cryogenically Frozen and Thawed for the First Time oceans are killing the world’s reefs, but scientists may have found a way to help them get out of hot water—by putting corals into a deep freezeWed, 28 Nov 2018 14:39:02 +0000How Satellites and Big Data Are Predicting the Behavior of Hurricanes and Other Natural Disasters machine learning could help diminish the damages of storms and wildfiresTue, 27 Nov 2018 17:14:45 +0000A New Treatment for Blindness Comes From Gene Therapy wife-and-husband research team cracks the code to allow certain patients to see againTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Meet Scott Bolton, the Visionary Behind the NASA Mission to Jupiter Juno project will take on the mysteries of the gas giant that may in turn help us understand our own planet’s originsTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts This Year and kids of all ages recommend these tech toys, which inspire year-round curiosityFri, 23 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000