Science | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenThu, 15 Aug 2019 18:19:54 +0000A New Species of Leech Is Discovered Near Washington, D.C.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-species-leech-discovered-near-washington-dc-180972915/Smithsonian researcher describes a previously unknown species of olive-green bloodsucker that has three jaws with up to 59 teethThu, 15 Aug 2019 18:19:54 +0000Watch Leaves Change Color in a Matter of Secondshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/watch-leaves-change-color-matter-of-seconds-180972903/A new time-lapse video of over 6,000 leaf photos reveals the biology behind fall foliageWed, 14 Aug 2019 16:40:00 +0000Ancient Sea Life May Have Hitched Across Oceans on Giant Living Raftshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-sea-life-may-have-hitched-rides-across-oceans-giant-living-rafts-180972876/Enormous crinoids of the Jurassic era, related to sea stars and sea urchins, could have carried whole ecosystems around the worldMon, 12 Aug 2019 14:51:00 +000014 Fun Facts About Giant Pandashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/14-fun-facts-about-giant-pandas-180972879/Is Mother Mei Xiang pregnant? Giant Panda house is closed to give the much-loved bear some peace and quietFri, 09 Aug 2019 18:50:03 +0000The Crazy Superstitions and Real-Life Science of the Northern Lightshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/crazy-superstitions-and-real-life-science-northern-lights-180972779/In the latest episode of ‘Re:Frame,’ Smithsonian curators take a deep dive into the dramatic painting ‘Aurora Borealis’ by Frederic Church Fri, 09 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000Earth's Magnetic Field Could Take Longer to Flip Than Previously Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earths-magnetic-field-could-take-longer-flip-previously-thought-180972843/New research suggests a polarity reversal of the planet takes about 22,000 years, significantly longer than former estimatesWed, 07 Aug 2019 18:00:00 +0000How Artist Teresita Fernández Turns Graphite, the Stuff of Stardust, Into Memorieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-artist-teresita-fernandez-turns-graphite-stuff-stardust-memories-180972777/A new episode of the Smithsonian’s ‘Re:Frame,’ explores the origin of graphite, a material artists have used for centuriesWed, 07 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Scientists Are Using Ginkgo Leaves to Study Climate Change—They Need Your Helphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-scientists-use-ginkgo-leaves-study-climate-change-they-need-your-help-180972806/Citizen scientists can submit leaf samples from their hometowns through the end of AugustTue, 06 Aug 2019 14:38:46 +0000Mesoamerican Sculptures Reveal Early Knowledge of Magnetismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mesoamerican-sculptures-reveal-early-knowledge-magnetism-180972820/Stone figures with magnetized cheeks and navels suggest the pre-Maya civilization of Monte Alto understood the attractive forceTue, 06 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000How Mosquitoes Helped Shape the Course of Human Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-mosquitos-helped-shape-human-history-180972802/Historian and author Timothy Winegard discusses the way mosquitoes have played a major role in battles, genetics and the gin and tonicMon, 05 Aug 2019 15:08:57 +0000Bats Use Leaves as Mirrors to Locate and Catch Their Preyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bats-use-leaves-as-mirrors-locate-catch-their-prey-180972771/The latest discovery in the arms race between bats and insects reveals that even silent, motionless dragonflies aren't safe Thu, 01 Aug 2019 15:00:00 +0000Scientists and Miners Team Up to Preserve Opalized Fossilshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-and-miners-team-up-preserve-opalized-fossils-180972734/An ambitious collaboration between paleontologists and a local mining community seeks to conserve the rare fossilized remainsThu, 01 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000The Pioneering Female Botanist Who Sweetened a Nation and Saved a Valleyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pioneering-female-botanist-who-sweetened-nation-and-saved-valley-180972765/One of India’s finest plant scientists, Janaki Ammal spurred her country to protect its rich tropical diversityWed, 31 Jul 2019 12:30:00 +0000Prehistoric Ocean Predator Resembles a Large and Vicious Horseshoe Crab https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-ocean-predator-resembles-large-and-vicious-horseshoe-crab-180972768/“Prey would have been sucked into the circular mouth and shredded by the multiple rows of large teeth”Tue, 30 Jul 2019 23:15:00 +0000Searching for the Key to Life's Beginningshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/searching-key-lifes-beginnings-180972759/From exoplanets to chemical reactions, scientists inch closer to solving the great mystery of how life forms from inanimate matterTue, 30 Jul 2019 17:59:37 +0000Megalodon May Be Extinct, but There’s a Life-Size One at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2019/07/29/megalodon-may-be-extinct-theres-life-size-one-smithsonian/A 52-foot, life-size model of a <i>Carcharocles megalodon</i> shark is now on display in the National Museum of Natural HistoryMon, 29 Jul 2019 21:36:51 +0000NASA Scientists and Astronauts Practice for Space Missions on the Seafloorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasa-scientists-and-astronauts-practice-space-mission-seafloor-180972744/A female-led crew trained for nine days in an undersea laboratory in the Atlantic to get a sense of what it's like to live and work in microgravityMon, 29 Jul 2019 16:50:54 +0000See Never-Before-Seen Footage of Armstrong and Aldrin on the Moon https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/space-historian-unveils-never-seen-footage-armstrong-and-aldrin-moon-180972745/Amazing what you can find in the shadows, 50 years later. Mon, 29 Jul 2019 16:04:18 +0000A Star Orbiting in the Extreme Gravity of a Black Hole Validates General Relativityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/star-orbiting-extreme-gravity-black-hole-validates-general-relativity-180972729/The star S0-2 gets so close to the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy that it can be used to test our fundamental understanding of gravityThu, 25 Jul 2019 18:00:00 +0000Modern Climate Change Is the Only Worldwide Warming Event of the Past 2,000 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/modern-climate-change-only-worldwide-warming-event-past-2000-years-180972719/New research finds that previous periods of warming and cooling driven by natural causes were regional shifts in temperature rather than global eventsWed, 24 Jul 2019 17:00:00 +0000Amazing Photos Reveal the Hidden Light of Undersea Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/amazing-photos-reveal-hidden-light-undersea-life-180972717/Photographer Louise Murray dips into the dark ocean to capture the spectacle of marine fluorescenceWed, 24 Jul 2019 16:03:45 +0000The Most Irish Town in America Was Built on Seaweedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/most-irish-town-america-built-seaweed-180972701/After discovering 'Irish moss' in coastal waters, Irish immigrants launched a booming mossing industry in Scituate, MassachusettsMon, 22 Jul 2019 17:17:38 +0000Why Interest in Space Travel Waned After Apollo 11https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-interest-in-space-travel-waned-after-apo_1/After the success of Apollo 11, NASA unveiled an ambitious agenda for more missions into space, but interest among the public was beginning to declineMon, 22 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000How Neil Armstrong Trained to Land the Lunar Modulehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/how-neil-armstrong-trained-to-land-the-lunar_1/To prepare him for landing the lunar module, Neil Armstrong practiced on a training vehicle right here on EarthSat, 20 Jul 2019 13:00:00 +0000Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins on the Past and Future of Space Explorationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/michael-collins-past-and-future-space-exploration-180972699/Fifty years after humans landed on the moon, the command module pilot of the mission discusses the purpose of exploring the unknown Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000Imagining a World Where Soviets and Americans Joined Hands on the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/imagining-world-where-soviets-and-americans-joined-hands-moon-180972692/Before he was assassinated, JFK spoke of a cooperative effort in spaceFri, 19 Jul 2019 15:09:03 +0000Interactive Map Shows All 21 Successful Moon Landingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/interactive-map-shows-all-21-successful-moon-landings-180972687/Humans have walked on the moon six times, and robotic probes have been touching down on the lunar surface for decades—but there is still much to exploreFri, 19 Jul 2019 11:00:00 +0000How Scientists Are Using Eggshells to Grow New Bonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-scientists-are-using-eggshells-grow-new-bone-180972641/People with bones damaged by accidents, cancer or aging could one day benefit from bone grafts strengthened with chicken eggshellsThu, 18 Jul 2019 18:55:53 +0000Tiny Animals Trapped in Fossil Trees Help Reveal How Fauna Moved Onto Landhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tiny-animals-trapped-fossil-trees-reveal-how-fauna-moved-land-180972668/New ancient animals will likely be discovered in 310 million-year-old fossilized trees in Nova ScotiaWed, 17 Jul 2019 15:44:31 +0000Before Going to the Moon, Apollo 11 Astronauts Trained at These Five Siteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/going-moon-apollo-11-astronauts-trained-these-five-sites-180972452/From Arizona to Hawaii, these landscapes—similar in ways to the surface of the moon—were critical training grounds for the crewWed, 17 Jul 2019 14:31:47 +0000The Best Books About the Apollo Program and Landing on the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-books-about-apollo-program-and-landing-moon-180972653/From astronaut autobiographies to definitive accounts from leading historians, these are the must reads about the landmark missionTue, 16 Jul 2019 13:09:43 +0000Twenty People Who Made Apollo Happenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/twenty-people-who-made-apollo-happen-180972374/Learn about the people whose work helped make the Apollo missions possibleMon, 15 Jul 2019 17:48:06 +0000When Ancient DNA Gets Politicizedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-ancient-dna-gets-politicized-180972639/What responsibility do archaeologists have when their research about prehistoric finds is appropriated to make 21st-century arguments about ethnicity?Fri, 12 Jul 2019 17:29:38 +0000Five Scientific Findings That Could Lead to New Inventionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-scientific-findings-could-lead-new-inventions-180972615/From cat tongues to dandelions seeds, engineers often look in peculiar places for inspirationFri, 12 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000Apollo Engineers Discuss What It Took to Land on the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/apollo-engineers-discuss-what-it-took-land-moon-180972580/The people who bent metal and built spaceships recall the culture and leadership that made it possible to send humans to the lunar surfaceFri, 12 Jul 2019 11:00:00 +0000Why Don't People Smile in Old Photographs? And More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-dont-people-smile-in-old-photographs-180972554/You asked, we answeredThu, 11 Jul 2019 15:00:00 +0000The Snakes That Ate Floridahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/snakes-ate-florida-180972534/Bounty hunters and biologists wade deep into the Everglades to wrestle with the invasion of giant pythons threatening the state's wetlandsThu, 11 Jul 2019 11:00:00 +0000A Timeline of Apollo's Journey to the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/giant-steps-moon-180972347/Tracking the moments from when JFK declared the moonshot to "one giant leap to mankind"Wed, 10 Jul 2019 19:57:07 +0000NASA's First Chimp in Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/nasas-first-chimp-in-space/ Wed, 10 Jul 2019 19:52:31 +0000A Brief History of Smokey Bear, the Forest Service's Legendary Mascothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-smokey-bear-180972549/How the beloved figure has become a lightning rod in a heated environmental debateWed, 10 Jul 2019 13:00:00 +0000Discovery of Raptor-Like Dinosaur Adds a New Wrinkle to the Origin of Birdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/discovery-raptor-dinosaur-adds-new-wrinkle-origin-birds-180972588/A small, 150 million-year-old dinosaur unearthed in Wyoming ran on the ground, but it may have been closely related to some of the first fliersWed, 10 Jul 2019 11:00:00 +0000A Wind Storm in Australia Nearly Interrupted the Moon Landing Broadcasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wind-storm-australia-almost-interrupted-apollo-11-moon-landing-broadcast-180972581/As Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, radio telescope operators in New South Wales scrambled to receive the live videoTue, 09 Jul 2019 18:00:00 +0000From the Family Station Wagon to the Apollo Lunar Rover, My Dad's Engineering Talent Had No Limitshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/from-family-station-wagon-apollo-lunar-rover-dads-engineering-talent-had-no-limits-180972574/Stricken with polio as an adult, he retired from the military and joined NASA's ingenious design teamTue, 09 Jul 2019 16:33:58 +0000How Snub-Nosed Monkeys Adapted to Extreme Coldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-snub-nosed-monkeys-adapted-to-extreme-cold/Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys have several adaptations to deal with the coldFri, 05 Jul 2019 16:13:13 +0000Reflections on the New Fossil Hall From the Experts Who Created Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2019/07/05/experts-behind-new-fossil-hall-wrap-their-minds-around-deep-time/The team behind the Smithsonian's new dinosaur and fossil hall reflect on what "deep time" means to them. Fri, 05 Jul 2019 14:39:31 +0000Attempting to Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk Has Been a Summer Pastime for Over 100 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/attempting-fry-egg-sidewalk-has-been-summer-tradition-over-100-years-180972556/The Fourth of July is also National Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk Day, and no amount of scientific logic can crack this traditionThu, 04 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000Ancient DNA Sheds New Light on the Biblical Philistineshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-dna-sheds-new-light-biblical-philistines-180972561/A team of scientists sequenced genomes from people who lived in a port city on the Mediterranean coast of Israel between the 12th and 8th centuries B.C.Wed, 03 Jul 2019 18:48:14 +0000Photos Capture the Great South American Eclipsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/solar-eclipse-photo-essay-180972548/On July 2, residents of Chile and Argentina witnessed the first total solar eclipse since August 2017 Wed, 03 Jul 2019 01:43:05 +0000At 21, Ann Montgomery Became a Lead Engineer at NASA, Managing the Cameras and Other Crucial Gear Used on the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ann-montgomery-became-lead-engineer-nasa-during-apollo-managing-lunar-cameras-180972535/Montgomery worked closely with the Apollo astronauts to train them to use handheld tools and equipment on the moonTue, 02 Jul 2019 18:32:58 +0000Newborn Shrimp Often Undergo Sex Reversal, but Ocean Acidification Could Disturb That Natural Processhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oceans-rising-acidity-could-impact-shrimps-early-sex-reversal-180972521/Chemicals in microalgae are crucial for these bright green shrimp's sexual development, but ocean acidification could change thatFri, 28 Jun 2019 18:36:23 +0000Fossil of Ancient Bird Three Times Bigger Than an Ostrich Found in Europe https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fossil-bird-three-times-size-ostrich-found-europe-180972508/The fossil is about 1.8 million years old, meaning the bird may have arrived on the continent around the same time as <i>Homo erectus</i>Wed, 26 Jun 2019 22:00:00 +0000LightSail 2 Launches to Space to Soar on the Power of Sunshinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lightsail-2-launches-space-soar-power-sunshine-180972485/The Planetary Society's second solar sail will attempt to use sunlight to fly through spaceTue, 25 Jun 2019 12:34:00 +0000The Augmented Reality App That Lets You Experience the Moon Landinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/augmented-reality-app-lets-you-experience-moon-landing-180972465/Tied to a new series from the Smithsonian Channel, the app is the closest you can get to being on the moon without time-traveling to 1969Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:00:00 +0000How Neil, Buzz and Mike Got Their Workouts in on Their Way to the Moon and Backhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-neil-buzz-and-mike-got-their-workouts-their-way-moon-and-back-180972195/To counter the effects of weightlessness, NASA equipped Apollo 11 with an Exer-Genie for isometric exercisesMon, 24 Jun 2019 13:00:00 +0000An Ancient Greek Philosopher Was Exiled for Claiming the Moon Was a Rock, Not a Godhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-greek-philosopher-was-exiled-claiming-moon-was-rock-not-god-180972447/2,500 years ago, Anaxagoras correctly determined that the rocky moon reflects light from the sun, allowing him to explain lunar phases and eclipsesThu, 20 Jun 2019 12:30:00 +0000