Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenWed, 21 Mar 2018 18:36:23 +0000Your Low-Calorie Sweetener Could Be Making You Fat There are several ways that consuming artificial sweeteners might contribute to obesityWed, 21 Mar 2018 18:36:23 +0000What Aardvark Milk Reveals about the Evolution of Lactation from the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Exotic Animal Milk Repository help scientists study the unifying trait of all mammalsWed, 21 Mar 2018 16:00:01 +0000The Great Feather Heist curious case of a young American’s brazen raid on a British museum’s priceless collectionWed, 21 Mar 2018 14:39:55 +0000The History of Breeding Mice for Science Begins With a Woman in a Barn more than a mouse fancier, Abbie Lathrop helped establish the standard mouse model and pioneered research into cancer inheritanceTue, 20 Mar 2018 15:36:58 +0000Why Canada Wants You to Know You’re Eating Crickets some countries, insects may finally be getting their due as affordable, nutritious protein sourcesTue, 20 Mar 2018 15:32:41 +0000How California's Giant Sequoias Tell the Story of Americans' Conflicted Relationship With Nature the mid-19th century, "Big Tree mania" spread across the country and our love for the trees has never abatedTue, 20 Mar 2018 15:30:44 +0000How Do You Make Beer in Space? on your beer goggles and join us on a hops-fueled rocket rideTue, 20 Mar 2018 15:00:00 +0000In a Horrifying New Twist, Myanmar Elephants Are Being Poached For Their Skin Asia, the biggest threat to elephant survival has long been habitat loss. That may be changingTue, 20 Mar 2018 14:27:51 +0000This Videographer Strikes Gold with a Dwarf Minke Whale experienced cinematographer hoping to capture close-up footage of dwarf minke whales has to rely on a trick or two to lure them closeTue, 20 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Dogs Were Transported Across Great Distances for Ancient Maya Rituals new paper uses chemistry to shed light on the management of Maya animalsMon, 19 Mar 2018 21:01:36 +0000A Honey Badger Cracks Open a Thick Ostrich Egg eggs can weigh up to three pounds and have some of the hardest shells around. This honey badger, however, isn't about to let any of that get in theMon, 19 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Smithsonian Helped Solve the Twitter Mystery of the Unknown Woman Scientist Minor was not, as some suggested, “support staff.” She was a biological research technician who went on to a 35-year-long scientific careerFri, 16 Mar 2018 19:06:39 +0000A Honey Badger and Mole Snake Fight to the Death hungry honey badger and a fearless mole snake are locked in a deadly battle, with survival at stakeFri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Colored Pigments and Complex Tools Suggest Humans Were Trading 100,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Believed in climate and landscape may have spurred these key technological innovations Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:00:00 +0000The Math Behind the Perfect Free Throw basketball computer program simulates millions of trajectories in search of the ideal shotThu, 15 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000How to Calculate the Danger of a Toxic Chemical to the Public risk of any toxin depends on the dose, how it spreads, and how it enters the bodyThu, 15 Mar 2018 12:30:00 +0000How It All Began: A Colleague Reflects On the Remarkable Life of Stephen Hawking physicist probed the mysteries of black holes, expanded our understanding of the universe and captured the world's imagination, says Martin ReesWed, 14 Mar 2018 14:37:20 +0000The Proliferation of Happiness professor of consumer culture tracks the history of positive psychologyTue, 13 Mar 2018 19:11:55 +0000What Doomed the Pterosaurs? off in their prime, the leathery fliers may have been living too large for their own goodTue, 13 Mar 2018 18:00:00 +0000How the Smithsonian’s Coelacanth Lost Its Brain and Got It Back Again year marks the 80th anniversary of the discovery of a fish believed to have gone the way of the dinosaurs 70 million years agoTue, 13 Mar 2018 17:52:29 +0000How Cheese, Wheat and Alcohol Shaped Human Evolution time, diet causes dramatic changes to our anatomy, immune systems and maybe skin colorTue, 13 Mar 2018 13:11:51 +0000Could Lab-Bred Super Coral Save Our Reefs? are exploring a bold new plan that could help protect the world's coral reefs. Using selective breeding, they aim to produce a new strainTue, 13 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Lioness Underestimates the Strength of an Impala solitary lioness in her new home of Akagera, Rwanda, is tracking a herd of impala. Two problems: The impala here are stronger than the ones back homeMon, 12 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Inside the Colorado Vault That Keeps Your Favorite Foods From Going Extinct heirloom potatoes to honeybee sperm, this collection works to preserve our invaluable agricultural diversityFri, 09 Mar 2018 14:43:15 +0000This Crab Doesn't Take Kindly to Home Intruders crown-of-thorns starfish eats coral reefs; coral reefs happen to be the home of the guard crabFri, 09 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Foxes and Coyotes are Natural Enemies. Or Are They? environments change the behavior of predator species—and that might have big implications for humansThu, 08 Mar 2018 18:07:14 +0000No, Getting a Hole Drilled in Your Head Was Never a Migraine Cure The ancient and controversial procedure was used for a slew of reasons, but to 'let the headache out' was not one of themTue, 06 Mar 2018 16:39:44 +0000What’s a "Missing Link"? some still use the term, experts abhor it because it implies that life is a linear hierarchyTue, 06 Mar 2018 14:30:00 +0000Sometimes, a Scientific “Eureka!” Moment Really Does Change the World plastic credit card, microwaveable popcorn and erection enhancers all owe to a fortuitous moment of connectionTue, 06 Mar 2018 13:30:00 +0000Manta Rays Use Tiny Fish to Help Them Stay Clean perform a vital cleaning function for other fish, by ridding their bodies of dead cells and parasitesTue, 06 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000The World's Most Ancient, Elusive Sharks Were Finally Caught on Video sharks, which can live more than 400 years, reveal how little we know about life in the coldest oceansFri, 02 Mar 2018 13:30:00 +0000King of The Mud Dragons Higgins has spent his career dredging out tiny creatures from dirt and obscurityThu, 01 Mar 2018 15:30:00 +0000Women Who Shape History: Education Resources use in the classroom or your community, a list of lesson plans and other teaching materials on women's history in AmericaThu, 01 Mar 2018 14:45:38 +0000The Woman Who Shaped the Study of Fossil Brains drawing out hidden connections, Tilly Edinger joined the fields of geology and neurologyThu, 01 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000Women Who Shaped History the stories of women who forever changed the course of the American storyThu, 01 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000Women Who Shaped Science Thu, 01 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000Fifty Years Ago, a Grad Student’s Discovery Changed the Course of Astrophysics identifying the first pulsars, Jocelyn Bell Burnell set the stage for discoveries in black holes and gravitational wavesWed, 28 Feb 2018 14:43:44 +0000Why the Conservation of Orchids Is No Simple Matter researchers are racing to store seeds from the threatened plants, but first, they must understand the conditions they need to grow Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0000When It Comes to Counting Wildlife, Drones Are More Accurate Than People Technology could be a conservation gamechanger, but we need to interrogate its impact on wildlife Tue, 27 Feb 2018 18:03:15 +0000Chile Announces Protections for Massive Swath of Ocean With Three New Marine Parks almost 450,000 square miles encompass a stunning diversity of marine life, including hundreds of species found nowhere elseTue, 27 Feb 2018 16:20:46 +0000Rare Mammoth Tracks Reveal an Intimate Portrait of Herd Life piece together a 43,000-years-old tableau of an injured adult and concerned young Mon, 26 Feb 2018 16:01:29 +0000Turtle Hatchlings Face Death While Dashing to Ocean the beaches of the Great Barrier Reef, the first turtle hatchlings emerge from their shells and make a run for the oceanFri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000Were Neanderthals the Earliest Cave Artists? New Research in Spain Points to the Possibility pushed back the date of cave paintings at three sites to 65,000 years ago—20,000 years before the arrival of humans in EuropeThu, 22 Feb 2018 19:02:00 +0000The Fantastic Beasts of John James Audubon's Little-Known Book on Mammals American naturalist spent the last years of his life cataloguing America's four-legged creaturesThu, 22 Feb 2018 15:26:48 +0000Dogs and Humans Didn’t Become Best Friends Overnight, we feared and ate them, a new isotope analysis revealsThu, 22 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0000Why Are These Hamsters Cannibalizing Their Young? are stalking French cornfields to find outWed, 21 Feb 2018 17:08:07 +0000Do Trees Talk to Each Other? controversial German forester says yes, and his ideas are shaking up the scientific worldWed, 21 Feb 2018 16:02:13 +0000When Scientists "Discover" What Indigenous People Have Known For Centuries When it supports their claims, Western scientists value what Traditional Knowledge has to offer. If not, they dismiss itWed, 21 Feb 2018 14:54:50 +0000Sleep-Learning Was a Myth, But You Could Strengthen Memories While You Snooze Neuroscientists find that sound and smell cues could solidify lessons you learn during the dayFri, 16 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0000Do Other Animals Besides Humans Go Bald? Andean bears to Rhesus macaques, non-human mammals have hair woes of their ownThu, 15 Feb 2018 15:47:34 +0000The Odd, Tidy Story of Rabbit Domestication That Is Also Completely False study lends weight to the idea that domestication isn’t a point, but a processWed, 14 Feb 2018 18:46:05 +0000The Dubious Science of Genetics-Based Dating love really just a cheek swab away?Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0000Never-Before-Seen Footage of Clownfish Hatching to the use of a specialized infrared camera, we're now able to witness a never-before-seen phase of clownfish developmentWed, 14 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000What's Behind Cape Town's Water Woes? climate change intensifies droughts, the city's crisis may signify a new normalTue, 13 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0000How Korea’s Demilitarized Zone Became an Accidental Wildlife Paradise of rare animal species take shelter in the 155-mile no man's land between North and South KoreaMon, 12 Feb 2018 21:01:43 +0000How Climate Change is Fueling Innovation in Kenya new generation of start ups are working to help farmers in a region that faces myriad challenges Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:30:00 +0000What Reddit Can Tell Us About the Afterlives of Banned Olympic Drugs analyzed 150,000 comments to find that the Internet is still openly discussing these mind-bending stimulantsMon, 12 Feb 2018 13:30:00 +0000Watch This Male Mantis Shrimp Dance to Attract a Mate shrimp have a reputation as fighters and it's well deserved. But they also have a romantic side to themMon, 12 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems one of nature’s remarkable second acts, dead trees embark on transformative journeysFri, 09 Feb 2018 18:49:58 +0000When Treating Sports Injuries, Does the West Do It Best? the Olympics kick off in South Korea, two radically different approaches to training and treating athletes will be on displayFri, 09 Feb 2018 16:57:25 +0000Your Burning Questions About the Olympic Torch, Answered minds will want to know that the blaze is lit not with matches or a lighter, but using a method that dates to Ancient GreeceFri, 09 Feb 2018 15:46:18 +0000What a Walking Fish Can Teach Us About Human Evolution research on the little skate reveals the genes it shares with land animals—and a common ancestor from 420 million years agoThu, 08 Feb 2018 18:30:42 +0000The Meteorite That Killed the Dinosaurs May Have Also Triggered Underwater Volcanoes In a new study, scientists peered into 100 million years of seafloor history to find something strangeThu, 08 Feb 2018 13:30:00 +0000Is SpaceX Being Environmentally Responsible? Heavy’s flashy space car may not have been the best idea—for Mars Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:52:58 +0000A Winter Boom of Snowy Owls Masks a Host of Climate Threats their seeming abundance, these far-flung raptors are in dangerWed, 07 Feb 2018 17:35:12 +0000How Physics Keeps Figure Skaters Gracefully Aloft twist, turn and jump relies on a mastery of complex physical forcesWed, 07 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0000Now You Can Genetically Test Your Child For Disease Risks. Should You? is cheaper and more available then ever, but its usefulness for parents has yet to be provenMon, 05 Feb 2018 16:58:21 +0000The Epic Fight Over the Enigmatic Eel slippery fish is at the center of a Canadian national debate about economics, conservation and Indigenous rights Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:30:00 +0000How Does Foucault's Pendulum Prove the Earth Rotates? elegant scientific demonstration has been delighting everyday people for nearly 200 yearsFri, 02 Feb 2018 18:44:04 +0000These Captive-Bred Frogs Are Facing Predators and the Chytrid Fungus to Make It in the Wild in Panama release 500 harlequin frogs, some wearing transmitters, in a first attempt to reintroduce the endangered speciesFri, 02 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Slick Science of Making Olympic Snow and Ice the ideal ice rink or bobsled course takes patience, precision and the skill of an Ice MasterThu, 01 Feb 2018 20:16:43 +0000Heart-Stopping Arrow Poison Could Be the Key to Male Birth Control A non-toxic version of the compound interrupts fertilization in ratsWed, 31 Jan 2018 15:57:31 +0000Can Scientists Forecast Algal Blooms and Pest Outbreaks Like We Do the Weather? big data, ecologists have the ability to predict short-term ecological phenomena over the span of days and seasons rather than decadesWed, 31 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Evolution of Petface same traits that make these dogs adorable threaten their health and well-being Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:30:00 +0000Why the Shift to Farming Ruined This Ancient City's Health switch from a hunter gatherer society to a farming one appears to have resulted in a more sedentary lifestyle for the inhabitants of CatalhoyukWed, 31 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Pandemic Everyone Fears Is Flu In the Wrong Place At the Wrong Time should constantly be preparing for outbreaks, instead of just hastily responding to threats as they ariseTue, 30 Jan 2018 19:29:05 +0000The Science of Swearing new book explains the neuroscience of why we swear—and how it can sway our listenersTue, 30 Jan 2018 15:59:23 +0000Earliest Human Remains Outside Africa Were Just Discovered in Israel accepted as <i>Homo sapien</i>, the jaw-dropping jawbone would push back the human exodus out of Africa by nearly 100,000 yearsThu, 25 Jan 2018 19:00:00 +0000Your Brain Knows What Songs Are For, No Matter Where They Came From find that people easily recognize lullabies and dance songs from around the worldThu, 25 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000Can Virus Hunters Stop the Next Pandemic Before It Happens? global project is looking to animals to map the world's disease hotspots. Are they going about it the right way?Thu, 25 Jan 2018 16:13:59 +0000The First Ice Skates Weren’t for Jumps and Twirls—They Were for Getting Around from animal shin bones, these early blades served as essential winter transportWed, 24 Jan 2018 17:53:08 +0000The Toxic Rise of the California Strawberry Growing this popular fruit year-round has long relied on harmful chemicals. Is there another way?Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:50:38 +0000A Counterintuitive Idea for Treating Severe Depression: Stay Awake are finding that sleep deprivation actually helps lift some people out of depression. Now they want to know whyTue, 23 Jan 2018 14:46:10 +0000How a Mother’s Depression Shows Up in Her Baby’s DNA Researchers find that at just 18 months, infants can have cellular damage related to stress Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:08:30 +0000