Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenThu, 15 Nov 2018 15:08:10 +0000Fantastic Things We Learned This Year About Fantastic Beasts of the Real World second iteration of the “Fantastic Beasts” movie series comes out this week, but why wait for the movie when you can get a glimpse of the real thing?Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:08:10 +0000Astronomers Discover Second-Closest Known Exoplanet planet, a frozen Super-Earth, orbits Bernard's Star about six light-years away. Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0000AOL Co-Founder Steve Case Talks With Smithsonian Geologist John Grant About the Search for Life on Mars the near future, we are going to know if life exists elsewhere in the universeWed, 14 Nov 2018 15:35:52 +0000Scientists Are About to Redefine the Kilogram and Shake Up Our System of Measures more than 100 years of defining the kilogram according to a metal artifact, humanity is preparing to change the unit based on a constant of natureWed, 14 Nov 2018 15:00:54 +0000Why Walking on Legos Hurts More Than Walking on Fire or Ice you wanted to know about the science and history of stomping on the toy blocksTue, 13 Nov 2018 16:38:30 +0000With Humans Out of the Way, Humpbacks Are Flourishing—But So Are Orcas are just now beginning to understand what happens when one whale species attacks anotherTue, 13 Nov 2018 15:54:41 +0000Prehistoric Angolan “Sea Monsters” Take Up Residence at the Natural History Museum new fossil exhibition spotlights the majestic marine predators that swept into the South Atlantic shortly after it formedFri, 09 Nov 2018 20:53:43 +0000Astrophysicist Michelle Thaller on Understanding Our Place in the Universe vice president Brian Mathews talks with the NASA science communicator about the search for life on other planets and why it’s importantFri, 09 Nov 2018 16:19:50 +0000Major Disease Outbreak Strikes California Sea Lions afflicts sea lions on a semi-regular cycle, but warming waters and migrating fish could make the marine mammals more susceptibleThu, 08 Nov 2018 16:00:35 +0000Optical Tweezers Give Scientists a Tool to Test the Laws of Quantum Mechanics superposition is one of the great mysteries of physics—a mass existing in two states at once—and scientists hope to probe the phenomenonThu, 08 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000World’s Oldest-Known Figurative Paintings Discovered in Borneo Cave to at least 40,000 years old, the depiction of a cattle-like animal has striking similarities to ancient rock art found in other parts of the worldWed, 07 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0000The Archaeologist Who Helped Mexico Find Glory in Its Indigenous Past a stereotype of Mesoamerican savagery, Zelia Nuttall brought the ingenuity of Aztec civilization to the foreMon, 05 Nov 2018 18:07:23 +0000Underwater Meadows of Seagrass Could Be the Ideal Carbon Sinks ecosystems absorb and store vast amounts of carbon dioxide, and seagrass is one of the most efficient natural carbon storage environments Thu, 01 Nov 2018 16:00:44 +0000Ritual Cemeteries—For Cows and Then Humans—Plot Pastoralist Expansion Across Africa early herders spread across northern and then eastern Africa, the communities erected monumental graves which may have served as social gathering pointsThu, 01 Nov 2018 15:09:16 +0000The Scientist Grover Krantz Risked It All. . .Chasing Bigfoot dedicated anthropologist donated his body to science and it’s on display, but his legacy is complicatedWed, 31 Oct 2018 18:07:20 +0000Mama Bats Literally Nudge Their Babies Out of the Roost observed mother bats repeatedly prodding their young to motivate them to fledgeWed, 31 Oct 2018 16:15:34 +0000Ecologists Have this Simple Request to Homeowners—Plant Native new study shows how quickly songbird populations fall off when gardens are planted with exotic trees and shrubsWed, 31 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Science of Good Chocolate the sensory scientist who is decoding the terroir of chocolate—and working to safeguard the cacao plant that gives us the sweet dark treatTue, 30 Oct 2018 13:30:00 +0000The Plight of the Right Whale dwindling numbers due to snags in lobster traps and collisions with ships, the right whale is looking for a way to make a comebackMon, 29 Oct 2018 17:44:45 +0000Scientists Extract DNA From Seabiscuit's Hooves To Figure Out How He Was So Fast years ago, the horse famously trounced Triple Crown winner War Admiral. Did genetics make him an unlikely success?Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:07:30 +0000Good Dogs Could Help Identify Malaria Carriers a small proof-of-concept study, trained dogs neared the accuracy rate recommended by the World Health Organization for detecting the malaria parasiteMon, 29 Oct 2018 13:45:00 +0000Peer Through the Lens of the World's Best Nature Photographers images, including the winners, from the 23rd annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards go on viewMon, 29 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Science Behind Decorative Gourd Season are the runts of their family of fruits, too tough and bitter to eat, but they remain one of the most popular crops of fallFri, 26 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000In Need of Cadavers, 19th-Century Medical Students Raided Baltimore's Graves a half-dozen medical schools and a shortage of bodies, grave robbing thrived—and with no consequences for the culpritsThu, 25 Oct 2018 15:16:34 +0000What Ancient Maize Can Tell Us About Thousands of Years of Civilization in America took millennia, but America’s founding farmers developed the grain that would fuel civilizations—and still doesThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000In the Wake of Apollo’s “Giant Leap,” What’s Next for Lunar Exploration? new Smithsonian Book unpacks the possible future of missions to the MoonThu, 25 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Traditional Wooden Halibut Hook That's Still Snagging Fish Off Alaska Indigenous method of catching halibut on the northwest coast of North America mixes expert craftsmanship with spirituality—and the fish are bitingWed, 24 Oct 2018 17:54:07 +0000This Game Is Moving People to Take Action Against Climate Change the 'World Climate' simulation, people play delegates to UN climate negotiations and work to strike an agreement that meets global climate goalsWed, 24 Oct 2018 14:38:12 +0000To Save Endangered Species, Should We Bring Them Into Our Cities? ecologists believe our best chance to preserve biodiversity is to introduce non-native species to cities—but others warn of unintended consequencesTue, 23 Oct 2018 17:35:34 +0000This 12-Year-Old Girl Built a Robot That Can Find Microplastics In the Ocean seventh grader Anna Du has developed an ROV that moves through water and detects microplastics on the seafloorTue, 23 Oct 2018 16:14:12 +0000The Bison Returns to the Great American Plains years of fierce debate, the West’s greatest symbol will again roam the countrysideTue, 23 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Huge Shipment of Crustaceans Is Heading North From Louisiana to D.C. Natural History Museum prepares to add 100,000 more specimens to their collection already totaling 11.3 millionTue, 23 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000How Cities Are Upgrading Infrastructure to Prepare for Climate Change threat of extreme weather and other climate-related events has city planners rethinking the stability of critical infrastructureMon, 22 Oct 2018 16:52:10 +0000Prehistoric Wine Reveals Missing Pieces of Ancient Sicilian Culture a 5,000 year-old jar, archaeologists discovered the remnants of wineSat, 20 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000Dama Gazelle Calf Born at Smithsonian’s National Zoo gave birth to a healthy female calf October 9 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:24:43 +0000Meet the Real Rock Star of the New Dino Hall—the Fearsome Ceratosaurus dinosaur is finally giving up its secrets as it prepares for a long fight with a <i>Stegosaurus</i> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:57:34 +0000Eating the Queen's Poop Makes Naked Mole-Rats Better Parents naked mole-rats work together to care for the queen's offspring, and eating her poop gives them hormones to boost nurturing instinctsThu, 18 Oct 2018 16:00:44 +0000Spacecraft Launching This Week Will Explore the Mysteries of Mercury BepiColombo mission will study the geology and magnetism of the smallest planet to search for clues of our solar system's beginningsWed, 17 Oct 2018 15:01:16 +0000Two Decades Ago, John Glenn’s Encore Space Flight Lifted U.S. Spirits cameras tell the tale of the first American to orbit Earth and his return to space 36 years laterWed, 17 Oct 2018 11:00:00 +0000Blind Cavefish Shed Light on the Dark Days of Mammalian Evolution mammals, these cave-dwelling creatures have discarded a solar-powered system that repairs UV-damaged DNAFri, 12 Oct 2018 18:49:28 +0000Scientists Break the Rules of Reproduction by Breeding Mice From Single-Sex Parents tinkering with the genes of sperm and egg cells, it's possible to breed mice from two females—and even from two malesFri, 12 Oct 2018 15:12:17 +0000Smithsonian Curator Reflects on What 'First Man' Gets Right About Neil Armstrong's Journey to the Moon new film lays bare the personal sacrifice and peril that accompanied NASA's historic mission Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:04:50 +0000Tiny Skull Illuminates the Lives of Giant Dinosaurs skull of a juvenile <i>Diplodocus</i> is one of the youngest of these dinosaurs ever foundThu, 11 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000This "Useless" Organ Determines Which Ants Grow Into Large Soldiers wing discs in ant larvae, which only grow to wings in queens, appear to influence growth into a soldier or workerWed, 10 Oct 2018 17:24:37 +0000Busy Bees Take a Break During Total Solar Eclipses 2017 North American eclipse gave researchers an inside look at how bees respond to light—with the help of a few hundred elementary-schoolersWed, 10 Oct 2018 14:02:35 +0000Newly Discovered Tyrant Dinosaur Stalked Ancient New Mexico <i>Dynamoterror</i>, a relative of <i>Tyrannosaurs rex</i>, lived millions of years before other known species of tyrannosaurTue, 09 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Ancient Proteins From Unwashed Dishes Reveal the Diets of a Lost Civilization pulled from ceramic sherds reveals the favored foodstuffs in the 8,000-year-old city of Çatalhöyük in TurkeyMon, 08 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The 19th-Century Fight Against Bacteria-Ridden Milk Preserved With Embalming Fluid an unpublished excerpt from her new book <i>The Poison Squad</i>, Deborah Blum chronicles the public health campaign against tainted dairy productsFri, 05 Oct 2018 15:22:02 +0000This App Is Saving Thousands of Snakes (and Humans) in India Big Four Mapping Project's conservation tool helps prevent snakebites and the killing of common venomous speciesFri, 05 Oct 2018 14:59:17 +0000Viking Chess Pieces May Reveal Early Whale Hunts in Northern Europe board game <i>hnefatafl</i>, commonly called Viking chess, pits an attacking player against another trying to defend the kingThu, 04 Oct 2018 16:25:28 +0000A New Blood Test Can Determine Your Biological Clock say it could help pinpoint the best time to take medicine, and also predict disease riskThu, 04 Oct 2018 15:50:07 +0000Ancient Teeth With Neanderthal Features Reveal New Chapters of Human Evolution 450,000-year-old teeth, discovered on the Italian Peninsula, are helping anthropologists piece together the hominid family treeWed, 03 Oct 2018 19:48:45 +0000What Makes the Nobel-Winning Breakthroughs in Immunotherapy So Revolutionary the immune system to fight cancer could be the first step to defeating the disease Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:56:16 +0000Could Offshore Wind Farms Actually Sap the Rain From Hurricanes? enough turbines, the rainfall from Hurricane Harvey could have been reduced by 20 percent, according to a new studyTue, 02 Oct 2018 16:48:44 +0000A New Project Weaves Patient Stories Into Art bioengineer collaborates with artists, clinicians and patients to come up with an art exhibition with heartTue, 02 Oct 2018 15:00:13 +0000New Discovery Stirs Up Signs of the Elusive Planet 9 new minor planet called "the Goblin" is the second most distant known object in the solar systemTue, 02 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0000New Cheetah Mom Earns High Marks Caring for Her Three New Smithsonian Cubs born to Sukiri on September 22 are latest in the National Zoo’s efforts to diversify gene pool of captive born cheetahsMon, 01 Oct 2018 20:22:28 +0000This Artist Redefines a "Chiseled Body" and hyper-detailed, these anatomical mosaics draw on ancient inspirationMon, 01 Oct 2018 16:00:20 +0000A Hologram of the First Woman of Color in Space Debuted on Museum Day installation at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum featuring Mae Jemison highlights diversity in space explorationThu, 27 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000TESS Space Telescope Will Find Thousands of Planets, But Astronomers Seek a Select Few's new space telescope has already discovered two planets, but the hunt for a world like Earth is just getting startedWed, 26 Sep 2018 16:56:38 +0000The Mathematical Madness of Möbius Strips and Other One-Sided Objects discovery of the Möbius strip in the mid-19th century launched a brand new field of mathematics: topologyTue, 25 Sep 2018 17:05:28 +0000The Brain's "Bravery Cells" Encourage Risky Behavior in the hippocampus help determine whether to be apprehensive in stressful situations, and they could be stimulated to treat anxietyTue, 25 Sep 2018 16:08:15 +0000All-Female Termite Colonies Reproduce Without Male Input insects seem to have dispensed entirely of the need for males and their spermTue, 25 Sep 2018 00:22:43 +0000Rhino Horn and Tiger Wine: How the Illegal Wildlife Trade Is Growing Bolder author and journalist Rachel Nuwer discusses her new book <i>Poached</i> about one of the world's fastest-growing contraband industries Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:58:49 +0000Ecstasy Turns Antisocial Octopuses Into Lovestruck Cuddle Buddies—Just Like Us genetic and neurological similarities between octopuses and humans shed light on how creatures became social beingsThu, 20 Sep 2018 21:01:25 +0000Should the Nobel Prizes Take a Year Off? award designed to go to those who benefit all humanity has a history of prejudice and controversyThu, 20 Sep 2018 18:27:32 +0000How the Remnants of Human Poop Could Help Archaeologists Study Ancient Populations molecules persist in soil for hundreds or even thousands of years, acting as biomarkers that show the ebbs and flows of bygone civilizationsThu, 20 Sep 2018 17:40:20 +0000What Would Happen if the Earth Stopped Rotating? and More Questions From our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 20 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000Over 1,500 Museums Across the U.S. Will Open Their Doors for Free This Saturday and zoos across the country are letting visitors in admission-free. Here are some highlights. Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:31:24 +0000The Latest on the Kickstarter Campaign to Conserve Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit a new biopic blasts off, the protective suit worn by the 'First Man' on the moon is readied for its star turnWed, 19 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000Why Is the Snowy Owl Disappearing? birds, once a feature of the far north as reliable as ice, are becoming less and less commonTue, 18 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000Genetic Skin Graft Helps Mice Kick Cocaine Habit new treatment using CRISPR helps reduce cocaine cravings in mice, and it may be able to treat human addiction in the futureMon, 17 Sep 2018 18:39:49 +0000