Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenTue, 16 Jan 2018 13:30:00 +0000How Drugged-Up Shellfish Help Scientists Understand Human Pollution involuntary medicine-guzzlers have much tell us about the consequences of pharmaceutical wasteTue, 16 Jan 2018 13:30:00 +0000How Proteins Helped Scientists Read Between the Lines of a 1630 Plague Death Registry tech reveals bacterial contamination, what scribes were eating and how many rats were aroundFri, 12 Jan 2018 15:32:15 +0000The Amazing Adaptation That Keeps Tamarin Numbers Up lion tamarins have evolved a clever way to keep their population size steady in the face of predation. They almost always give birth to twins.Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Madagascar's Ancient 'Pelican Spiders' Are As Striking As They Are Strange research offers an in-depth look at the island's fascinating spider sceneThu, 11 Jan 2018 19:38:00 +0000The Animal Cost of War low-level human conflict can drive dramatic wildlife declinesThu, 11 Jan 2018 19:07:18 +0000The Volcanoes That Still Threaten New Zealand's Safety since the deadly eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886, New Zealand has invested heavily in a sophisticated warning systemThu, 11 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Think Mountain Time’s Confusing? Try Living on Martian Time's latest podcast "AirSpace" digs into the zany work schedules of the men and women on NASA's Mars rover projectsThu, 11 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000All Praise The Humble Dung Beetle recycling and removing feces, these unsung insects make the world go 'roundWed, 10 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000As Storms Get Bigger, Oyster Reefs Can Help Protect Shorelines and military bases are using the bivalve to defend against flooding and damage from climate change-driven storms Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000Why We Should Rethink How We Talk About "Alien" Species a trend that echoes the U.S.-Mexico border debate, some say that calling non-native animals "foreigners" and "invaders" only worsens the problemTue, 09 Jan 2018 20:27:27 +0000These Feisty Female Lemurs Fight With Babies on Their Back ring-tailed lemur society, it's the females who call the shots. They live in groups of up to 30 and the alpha female will fight to protect territoryTue, 09 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000It's Official: Fish Feel Pain verdict is in. But will our oceanic friends ever get the same legal protections as land animals?Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000How to Save the Paradoxical Axolotl being a common pet and beloved cultural icon, the grinning amphibian is nearly extinct in the wildMon, 08 Jan 2018 14:34:31 +0000Evidence Suggests Stonehenge Was an Elite Cemetery have little doubt that Stonehenge functioned as a Neolithic cemeteryMon, 08 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Forensic Test Reveals a Mummy's Travels Before Death ground-breaking scientific technique is tracing the life of one of the bog bodies of Northern EuropeFri, 05 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Say Hello to Pavel, the National Zoo's Latest Addition, an Amur Tiger the first time since 1948, a 10-year-old male Siberian big cat graces the D.C. menagerieFri, 05 Jan 2018 11:41:30 +0000Why Our Oceans Are Starting to Suffocate new paper links global warming to diminished oxygen concentrations at seaThu, 04 Jan 2018 21:00:19 +0000Genetics Rewrites the History of Early America—And, Maybe, the Field of Archaeology genome of an infant from Upward Sun River, Alaska offers tantalizing insight into the story of human migrationThu, 04 Jan 2018 20:39:47 +0000How Zoo Animals Stay Safe and Warm in the Arctic Blast flamingo 'hot tubs' to heated termite mounds, zoos have plenty of tricks to keep creatures safe when the forecast freezes overThu, 04 Jan 2018 17:35:12 +0000Gladiator Teeth Reveal Signs of Infant Malnourishment all accounts, Roman gladiators were the rock stars of their day, performing in a packed coliseum to a crowd of thousandsThu, 04 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Inside the Story of America’s 19th-Century Opiate Addiction then, as now, overprescribed the painkiller to patients in need, and then, as now, government policy had a distinct biasThu, 04 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000How Science is Peeling Back the Layers of Ancient Lacquer Sculptures rare Buddhist artworks were found to contain traces of bone and bloodThu, 04 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000Who Took the Legendary Earthrise Photo From Apollo 8? mission returned to Earth with one of the most famous images in historyWed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000Future of Energy new ideas to meet the world's burgeoning need for powerWed, 03 Jan 2018 15:06:50 +0000The Science of Silence in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' soundless lightspeed attack that baffled some fans was actually the film's most scientifically accurate momentTue, 02 Jan 2018 19:35:33 +0000When a Medical “Cure” Makes Things Much, Much Worse 1960s Japan, a bizarre outbreak of hairy green tongues failed to set off alarms around the worldTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:10:17 +0000The Book That Incited a Worldwide Fear of Overpopulation'The Population Bomb' made dire predictions—and triggered a wave of repression around the worldTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000An Unexpected Victim of Costa Rica's Drug Trade: Fish archipelago was once synonymous with tourism, sustainability and biodiversity. Now collapsing fisheries have led to turmoilThu, 28 Dec 2017 15:02:42 +0000Scientists Recreate a Stone Age Cremation scientist recreates a Stone Age funeral pyre using nothing but resources from that era. The makeshift pyre achieves same temperatures as a crematoriumThu, 28 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Learn to Speak the Language of the Universe With This Mindblowing New Book<i>Magnitude</i> helps you imagine the outer limits of time, speed and distance—without breaking your brainWed, 27 Dec 2017 19:56:46 +0000This 2,400-Year-Old Corpse Is in Remarkable Condition murdered corpse in a remote wetland in Denmark is found to be over 2,400 years oldWed, 27 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Mass Grave Discovery Could Alter Roman History's plenty of evidence to suggest that a mass grave discovered in the north of England is a gladiator cemeteryTue, 26 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Polar Bear Released Back Into the Wild by Helicopter marauding polar bear is about to be returned to the the wild, as far away as possible from the town of ChurchillMon, 25 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000This 19th-Century Illustrator Found Beauty in the Slimiest of Sea Creatures new book chronicles Ernst Haeckel's life and his gorgeous renderings of wild things—scales, spikes, tentacles and allFri, 22 Dec 2017 15:54:45 +0000A Tense Encounter Becomes a Perfect Polar Bear Photo Op local guide from Churchill, Manitoba, is on a late night walk, hoping to spot a polar bear. He strikes gold when a large male appearsFri, 22 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Enduring Romance of Mistletoe, a Parasite Named After Bird Poop things you should know about our favorite Christmas plantThu, 21 Dec 2017 19:01:58 +0000How the Sun Illuminates Spanish Missions On the Winter Solstice, the rising sun shines on altars and other religious objects at many Spanish churches in the U.S. and Latin AmericaThu, 21 Dec 2017 17:25:49 +0000How a Pioneering Botanist Broke Down Japan’s Gender Barriers Yasui was the first Japanese woman to publish in an academic journal, forging a new path for women in her countryThu, 21 Dec 2017 15:27:00 +0000Female Polar Bears Need an Extra 220 Lbs. for Pregnancy seal hunting season, a female polar bear strives to put on up to 300 pounds of fat. That weight gain is a necessityThu, 21 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Turkey Vultures Have a Keen Sense of Smell and Now We Know Why the brains of this olfactory king of the roost is a powerful cellular mechanism for detecting carrion from hundreds of feet awayThu, 21 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000The Hidden Biases That Shape Natural History Museums's why museum visitors rarely see lady animals, penis bones or cats floating in formaldehyde Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:42:43 +0000How Climate Change and Plague Helped Bring Down the Roman Empire can learn crucial lessons by examining the natural forces that shaped Rome's rise and fallTue, 19 Dec 2017 17:41:21 +0000When Science Means Getting Cobra Venom Spat Into Your Eye a reptile mix-up and a fortuitous dose of breastmilk helped researchers tap into biodiversity in Africa’s eastern CongoTue, 19 Dec 2017 15:52:44 +0000Could Fiber Optics Detect Earthquakes? monitoring every grumble, shiver and burp our planet makes, researchers hope to be more prepared to take action when things go awryTue, 19 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000It Took Decades to Solve This UN Plane Crash Mystery a half century after the crash of UN DC-6 on September 18, 1961, a new investigation is launchedTue, 19 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Shrinking Fossil-Rich National Monuments Means for Science<i></i> asks paleontologists how their work will change after the decision to slash Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:40:01 +0000Can a Video Game Treat ADHD?'s designed to stimulate neural pathways in the brain tied to sustaining attention and controlling impulsivityMon, 18 Dec 2017 16:09:51 +0000Incredible Timelapse of Dry Badlands Thunderstorm South Dakota, thousands of fireflies, in the midst of a mating ritual, compete against the bright stars that light up the dark skies of the BadlandsMon, 18 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Where Would Pandemic Flu Wreak the Most Havoc? virulent flu strain would overwhelm developing countries where health care systems are already flounderingFri, 15 Dec 2017 19:00:27 +0000How the First Man-Made Nuclear Reactor Reshaped Science and Society December 1942, Chicago Pile-1 ushered in an age of frightening possibilityFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:04:49 +0000The Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2017 wind turbines to massive sunfish to octopus cities, the seas proved full of surprises this yearFri, 15 Dec 2017 15:00:46 +0000Here's Exactly How Shrunken Heads Are Made scientist's visit to a Shuar elder in Ecuador reveals the secrets of the ceremonial tradition of head shrinkingFri, 15 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000How AI Found the First Eight-Planet Solar System Beyond Our Own’s neural network sifted through piles of NASA data to find a planet hiding in the spacestacksThu, 14 Dec 2017 22:28:37 +0000A Polar Bear's Diet Consists of Anything Edible lieu of seal meat, polar bears will resort to eating anything that looks edible, including mineral-rich kelp. Here, one chows down on a fresh batchThu, 14 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Instead of Killing Bacteria, Can We Just "Turn Off" Its Ability To Cause Infections? could have an answer to antibiotic resistance, and it involves using epigenetics to reprogram bacteriaWed, 13 Dec 2017 19:27:46 +0000Elderly Polar Bear Spars With Young Males bears will spar relentlessly with each other whenever they meet in summer. It's friendly and sociable, but also a good way to establish hierarchyWed, 13 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000New Documentary Delights With Spectacular Visuals of the Panama Isthmus, A Migratory Superhighway from all over the world come to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center to study this unique regionTue, 12 Dec 2017 20:58:09 +0000What Lemur Guts Can Tell Us About Human Bowel Disease between us and the cuddly primates could help us understand the origins of human illnesses—and treat them Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:00:44 +0000The Incredible Linguistic Diversity of Tibet Is Disappearing to national schooling and the Internet, many of the plateau’s unique languages are in dangerTue, 12 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Apollo 17 Was the Swan Song of Manned Space Exploration back 45 years later, is there hope humanity will once again push beyond Earth? President Donald Trump seems to think soMon, 11 Dec 2017 22:48:40 +0000Brain Studies Suggest What Books to Read to Your Baby—and When looked at infant brains to find that both timing and content can impact mental developmentMon, 11 Dec 2017 17:22:32 +0000Was Enrico Fermi Really the “Father of the Nuclear Age”? new book takes a fresh look at the famed scientistMon, 11 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Go on a Mission to Save Sea Turtles the past half century, Leatherback turtle numbers have suffered a disastrous decline of almost 70%Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur? question may sound like a "duh," but it gets to the heart of how we categorize and define natureFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:04:38 +0000Why Panama's Urban Development Is a Threat to Animals Isthmus of Panama has witnessed some of the greatest movement of animal species in history. Today, rapid urbanization has accelerated deforestationFri, 08 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Can Honeybees Monitor Pollution? tiny pollinators are useful sentinels of what’s going on in an ecosystem, and might just be environmentalists’ best assetThu, 07 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Turning Hurricane Data Into Music listening to storms help us understand them better? A meteorologist and a music technologist think soWed, 06 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Jane Goodall Documentary Is Most Intimate Portrait Yet, Says Jane Goodall famed chimp researcher didn’t want yet another documentary made about her. <i>Jane</i> changed her mindWed, 06 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Ten Best Science Books of 2017 books not only inspired awe and wonder—they helped us better understand the machinations of our worldTue, 05 Dec 2017 19:54:53 +0000For Immigrant Mongooses, It Can Take Time to Earn Society’s Trust some species, however, deporting your own family members is the normMon, 04 Dec 2017 18:11:31 +0000Capturing a Photo of a Swimming Polar Bear is Risky Work wildlife photographer spots a swimming polar bear, completing the last lap of its summer migration. It's the perfect photo opMon, 04 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Science Behind the First Nuclear Chain Reaction, Which Ushered in the Atomic Age 75 Years Ago fateful discovery helped give us nuclear power reactors and the atomic bombFri, 01 Dec 2017 17:52:05 +0000A Tale of Two Killer Whales whales actually comprise two distinct types—and one may soon be destined to rise above the otherThu, 30 Nov 2017 15:40:59 +0000How Stressed Out Are Zebras? Just Ask Their Poop are scooping up the pungent piles of data to measure the health of once-endangered ungulatesThu, 30 Nov 2017 15:23:01 +0000The Things People Do To Foil Energy-Saving Buildings research on how occupants inhabit energy-efficient buildings reveals behaviors designers don't anticipate—and a slew of bloopersWed, 29 Nov 2017 19:35:54 +0000Meet Natalie Batalha, the Explorer Who's Searching for Planets Across the Universe Kepler mission's project scientist, she has guided the discovery of thousands of planetsTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000A Neurosurgeon's Remarkable Plan to Treat Stroke Victims With Stem Cells Steinberg defied convention when he began implanting living cells inside the brains of patients who had suffered from a strokeTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Polar Bear Goes After a Young Beluga Calf male polar bear stands on the edge of the ice waiting for potential prey. But he's set his sights on something bigger than a seal todayTue, 28 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000To Make Precision Medicine, Scientists Study the Circadian Rhythms in Plants are taking a close look at how precisely calibrated timekeepers in organisms influence plant-pathogen interactionsMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:49:08 +0000Scientists Are One Step Closer to a "Personalized" Flu Shot still decades away, new research shows how custom vaccines could be developedMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:10:42 +0000Before You Swat That Mosquito, Record It on Your Cell Phone's the strategy behind Abuzz, a crowdsourcing project designed to track mosquito activity around the worldFri, 24 Nov 2017 14:21:22 +0000Alpha Male Tiger Forces This Cub to Submit young tiger comes face-to-face with an encroaching male tiger, threatening to take over his father's territoryThu, 23 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Best STEM Toys of 2017 tested and parent approved, these tech toys stand out for holiday wish lists Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:26:24 +0000Why You Won’t See Pudding on the Thanksgiving Table The once-classic American dish has been widely replaced with the casserole—thanks in part to anti-immigrant sentiments Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why California Fishermen Are Throwing Deafening “Seal Bombs” at Sea Lions why no one is stopping themTue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Thirteen Books That Informed and Delighted Smithsonian Scholars This Year a mission to increase and diffuse knowledge, Smithsonian thought leaders are voracious readersMon, 20 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000