Science | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenFri, 24 Nov 2017 14:21:22 +0000Before You Swat That Mosquito, Record It on Your Cell Phonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-swat-mosquito-record-it-your-cell-phone-180967313/That'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 Submithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/alpha-male-tiger-forces-this-cub-to-submit/A 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 2017https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-best-stem-toys-2017-180967316/Kid 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 Tablehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Pudding-180967273/ 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 Lionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/california-fishermen-are-throwing-explosives-sea-lions-180967279/...and why no one is stopping themTue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Thirteen Books That Informed and Delighted Smithsonian Scholars This Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/thirteen-books-informed-and-delighted-smithsonian-scholars-year-180967238/With a mission to increase and diffuse knowledge, Smithsonian thought leaders are voracious readersMon, 20 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000What Foods Are Most Likely to Make You Sick?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/which-foods-are-most-likely-make-you-sick-180967241/We put some common myths to rest—and help you tackle your next turkey dinner with confidenceFri, 17 Nov 2017 16:18:45 +0000How Fruit Fly Brains Could Improve Our Search Engineshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-fruit-fly-brains-could-improve-our-search-engines-180967257/Fruit flies have a unique way of matching data, which could teach scientists to create better, faster search algorithmsFri, 17 Nov 2017 15:53:05 +0000Tigers Use Urine to Figure Out If They Have Chemistryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/tigers-use-urine-to-figure-out-if-they-have/Young tiger Kumal is spellbound by a female tiger he encounters in a local stretch of forest. If she's interested, she'll signal her intentFri, 17 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Blessing and the Curse of Being Bill Nyehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-blurse-of-being-bill-nye-180967244/The zany scientist talks about his recent transformation into the public—and controversial—face for scienceThu, 16 Nov 2017 18:50:56 +0000When Carl Sagan Warned the World About Nuclear Winterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-carl-sagan-warned-world-about-nuclear-winter-180967198/Before the official report came out, the popular scientist took to the presses to paint a dire picture of what nuclear war might look likeWed, 15 Nov 2017 19:02:29 +0000When the Next Pandemic Hits, Will We Be Prepared?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-next-pandemic-hits-will-we-be-prepared-180967210/The question isn’t whether a pandemic will strike—it’s how it will play out.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:20:19 +0000The Evolutionary Reason Why Fish Don't Swim Upside Down https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-dont-fish-swim-upside-down-180967192/It’s a natural question for animals that float, but few scientists have delved into the detailsMon, 13 Nov 2017 16:29:50 +0000The United States Is Not Ready for Another Flu Pandemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/united-states-not-ready-another-flu-pandemic-180967177/You might think that today, if a pandemic like the 1918 flu hit, we'd be ready for it. You'd be wrongMon, 13 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Lion Couple Mates Over 100 Times a Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-lion-couple-mates-over-100-times-a-day/A newly coupled lion and lioness head to the relative solitude of the higher grounds in their new kingdom of RwandaMon, 13 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Did the 1918 Flu Kill So Many Otherwise Healthy Young Adults?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-did-1918-flu-kill-so-many-otherwise-healthy-young-adults-180967178/Uncovering a World War I veteran's story provided a genealogist and pharmacologist with some cluesFri, 10 Nov 2017 15:59:06 +0000Australian Pigeons Have a Specially Evolved Feather to Better Annoy the Heck Out of You Withhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/australian-pigeons-have-specially-evolved-feather-better-annoy-heck-out-you-180967162/Pinpointing the birds’ noisemakers could help researchers better understand why urban avians make so much dang noise Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Woman Who Tried to Take Down Darwinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/woman-who-tried-take-down-darwin-180967146/How a preacher with no scientific training ended up writing the first feminist critique of <em>Origins</em>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:14:08 +0000Why Male Lions Need Lionesses to Help Them Survivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/lioness_yt/They might be earmarked as future kings of the jungle, but young male lions are lazy and lack survival skills. Their only hope is to attract a femaleThu, 09 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000How to Tell If You're in for a Bumpy Plane Landinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/fatalfocus_clip1_yt/On March 7, 2007, Garuda Flight 200 was preparing to land. An Air Force security officer on board immediately sensed a problemWed, 08 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Scientists Identified the Oldest Known Solar Eclipse ... Using the Biblehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-scientists-identified-oldest-known-solar-eclipse-bible-180967135/The new research by two physicists adds to astronomical knowledge—and overturns previous Biblical interpretationsTue, 07 Nov 2017 15:17:23 +0000The Medical Practitioner Who Paved the Way for Women Doctors in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/woman-who-paved-way-female-physicians-america-180967104/Harriot Hunt refused to let her gender limit her ambitions—or those of the next generation of physiciansTue, 07 Nov 2017 15:14:28 +0000Here's Why Washington’s Beloved Air and Space Museum Is Facing a Sweeping Seven-Year Upgradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/here-why-washingtons-beloved-air-and-space-museum-facing-sweeping-seven-year-upgrade-180967107/The museum will remain open as it works to enhance the visitor's experience Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Most Powerful Tornado Recorded on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/explainer_yt_pl/For Oklahoma City and its surrounding suburbs, May 3, 1999 began like any other spring dayTue, 07 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Watch: Experts Discuss "The Next Pandemic: Are We Prepared?"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/watch-livestream-next-pandemic-are-we-prepared-180967069/Thought leaders gathered at the National Museum of Natural History on November 13 to discuss the past, present and future of the fluMon, 06 Nov 2017 16:41:08 +0000This Family Hid From a 300 MPH Tornado in a Water Pipehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/personalstory_yt_pl/A family caught in the midst of an epic tornado seek refuge in a nearby drainage pipeMon, 06 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Artificial Intelligence Could Revolutionize Archival Museum Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-artificial-intelligence-could-revolutionize-museum-research-180967065/A new study shows off a computer program’s specimen-sorting prowessFri, 03 Nov 2017 17:42:08 +0000Is the Mysterious Sea Cucumber Slipping Out of Our Grasp?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mysterious-sea-cucumber-slipping-out-our-grasp-180967067/The slimy, tasty enigmas have long been over-harvested. An indigenous community in Canada could be close to finding a sustainable solutionFri, 03 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Were Lithium Batteries the Cause of This Plane Crash?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/fataldelivery_clip1_yt/UPS Airlines Flight 6 crashed into a military base 10 miles from Dubai Airport on September 3, 2010Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Researchers Uncovered a Massive Void in the Great Pyramid of Gizahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/massive-void-found-within-great-pyramid-giza-180967058/The cavity could hold clues to how the pyramids came to beThu, 02 Nov 2017 15:57:57 +0000Chilling Footage of the 1989 Cypress Freeway Collapsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/chilling-footage-of-the-1989-cypress-freeway/The Oakland fire department rushed to the scene of the Cypress Freeway, after the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake hits. They were greeted by a catastropheThu, 02 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000When You Die, You'll Probably Be Embalmed. Thank Abraham Lincoln For Thathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-lincolns-embrace-embalming-birthed-american-funeral-industry-180967038/The president was an "early adopter" of embalming technology, helping to bring the modern death industry to the mainstream Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:06:30 +0000Why the 1989 San Francisco Quake Was So Disastroushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-1989-san-francisco-quake-was-so-disa/The 1989 San Francisco earthquake delivered a myriad of deadly disasters, all unfolding at the same timeWed, 01 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Impulsive "Teen Brain" Isn't Based in Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/impulsive-teen-brain-not-based-science-180967027/Yes, adolescent brains crave novelty. But they have the cognitive control to go with itTue, 31 Oct 2017 18:38:20 +0000Where Do New Ideas Come From?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/where-do-new-ideas-come-from-180965202/With close study, the genealogies of even the most original ideas can be tracedTue, 31 Oct 2017 16:50:42 +0000What the Neutron Star Collision Means for Dark Matterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-neutron-star-collision-means-dark-matter-180967016/The latest LIGO observations rekindle a fiery debate over how gravity works: Does the universe include dark matter, or doesn’t it?Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:44:20 +0000Five Questions You Should Have About Evaporation as a Renewable Energy Sourcehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-questions-you-should-have-about-evaporation-renewable-energy-source-180967017/What’s the big deal with evaporation-driven engines?Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Gelada Baboon Reacts to Being Cheated on With Furyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/gelada-baboon-reacts-to-being-cheated-on-wit/If a gelada queen doubts her king's influence, she'll happily play the field. But when she gets caught, it's up to the alpha to fight for what's hisTue, 31 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000These Breathtaking Images Are the Cat’s Meow in Nature Photographyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-breathtaking-images-are-cats-meow-nature-photography-180967015/Sixty incredible outdoor scenes are now on view at the National Museum of Natural HistoryMon, 30 Oct 2017 20:30:27 +0000How Do Scientists Measure the Public Health Impacts of Natural Disasters?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-scientists-measure-public-health-impacts-natural-disasters-180965318/In the wake of this year's hurricanes, epidemiologists are assessing the effects of mold, toxic leaks and other threatsMon, 30 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Female Geladas Consider Replacing Their Lazy Kinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/these-female-geladas-consider-replacing-thei/Braveheart is the undisputed alpha male of this band of gelada baboons. But he's been displaying a passive attitude toward his queenMon, 30 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Burials Unearthed in Poland Open the Casket on The Secret Lives of Vampireshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deviant-burials-poland-open-casket-secret-lives-vampires-180966970/What people actually did to prevent the dead from rising again was very different than what Hollywood would have you think Fri, 27 Oct 2017 17:37:38 +0000What Happens in the Brain When We Feel Fearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happens-brain-feel-fear-180966992/ And why some of us just can't get enough of itFri, 27 Oct 2017 16:04:13 +0000Footage of the 1980 Mount St. Helens Eruptionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/footage-of-the-1980-mount-st-helens-eruption_1/On May 18, 1980, the Mount St. Helens became the largest and most destructive volcanic eruption in U.S. historyFri, 27 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Adorable Bandit-Faced Dinosaur Will Steal Your Hearthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/adorable-bandit-faced-dinosaur-steal-your-heart-180966987/Some dinos were small, fluffy and frankly adorable, a new analysis showsThu, 26 Oct 2017 19:33:50 +0000How a Deadly Flesh-Eating Fungus Helped Make Bats Cute Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-flesh-eating-fungus-helped-make-bats-cute-again-180966974/A silver lining to the worldwide epidemic of white nose syndrome: People like bats more nowThu, 26 Oct 2017 17:07:48 +0000How a Psychologist’s Work on Race Identity Helped Overturn School Segregation in 1950s Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/psychologist-work-racial-identity-helped-overturn-school-segregation-180966934/Mamie Phipps Clark came up with the oft-cited "doll test" and provided expert testimony in Brown v. Board of EducationThu, 26 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000There Are Possibly Only 30 of These Rare Porpoises Left on the Planethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vaquita-vanishing-rare-porpoise-left-planet-180965221/The fascinating vaquita is heading for oblivion, the victim of a ravenous black market for a dubious remedyWed, 25 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Could Video Gamers Make Our Food Supply Safer?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-video-gamers-make-our-food-supply-safer-180965355/An effort to combat poisonous molds that contaminate crops is looking to tap the puzzle-solving skills of amateur gamersWed, 25 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Next Pandemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/next-pandemic-180965242/With Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the National Museum of Natural History, we look at the past, present and future of the fluTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:05:52 +0000What's In Your Flu Shot?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-in-your-flu-shot-180965267/An influenza expert at Johns Hopkins University explains how the cocktail for this year's flu vaccine was developedTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000How to Stop a Lethal Virushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stop-lethal-virus-180965217/With tens of millions of lives at stake, medical researchers are racing to create a revolutionary flu vaccine before the next devastating epidemicTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Is China Ground Zero for a Future Pandemic?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/china-ground-zero-future-pandemic-180965213/Hundreds there have already died of a new bird flu, putting world health authorities on high alertTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000No One’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf—And That’s a Problemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-wolves-and-humans-coexist-180965337/On Vancouver Island, habituation to humans has made wolves aggressive, fearless and more prone to clashes with peopleMon, 23 Oct 2017 15:55:13 +0000A Paradise for Grizzly Bears Gets an Up-Close Lookhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paradise-grizzly-bears-up-close-look-180965216/This unique North American sanctuary lets a few lucky observers see the besieged species in its wildest stateMon, 23 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Western Chimpanzees Have Declined By 80 Percent Over The Past 25 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/western-chimpanzees-have-declined-80-percent-over-past-25-years-180965334/The largest population of these animals—the only critically endangered chimp subspecies—sits in a region riddled with bauxite minesFri, 20 Oct 2017 16:10:01 +0000In 2014, Americans Feared Walking Alone at Night. Now They’re Worried about Government Corruptionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/2014-americans-feared-walking-alone-night-now-theyre-worried-about-government-corruption-180965332/A survey on American fears by Chapman University sociologists has produced some surprisingly frightful resultsFri, 20 Oct 2017 12:57:16 +0000How Flowers Manipulate Light to Send Secret Signals to Beeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/flowers-manipulate-light-to-send-secret-signals-bees-180965316/ Come-hither blue haloes are just one of the effects employed by nature’s first nanotechnologists Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The "Science" Behind "Geostorm", the Newest Weather-Fueled Doomsday Flickhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-geostorm-newest-weather-fueled-doomsday-flick-180965303/Researchers have long sought control over the weather, but have yet to find a realistic way to master itWed, 18 Oct 2017 14:46:49 +0000How Japan's Bear-Worshipping Indigenous Group Fought Its Way to Cultural Relevance https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-bear-worshipping-group-in-japan-fought-for-cultural-relevance-180965281/For a long time, Japanese anthropologists and officials tried to bury the Ainu. It didn't workWed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Inventing a Vocabulary to Help Inuit People Talk About Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inventing-vocabulary-to-help-inuit-people-talk-about-climate-change-180965062/One team is working with Inuvialuit elders to come up with a renewable energy terminology—and maybe revive a dying languageTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Are the Three Main Categories of Bloodstain Patternshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/these-are-the-three-main-categories-of-blood/Bloodstain pattern analysis is used in murder investigations - analysts draw on chemistry, mathematics and physics to determine the area of originTue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Ten Technologies That Will Change Our Lives, Soonishhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-technologies-will-change-our-lives-soonish-180965276/A scientist and admired cartoonist explore how today’s research is becoming tomorrow’s innovations in a new bookMon, 16 Oct 2017 16:42:38 +0000Why NASA Needs To Establish Martian Lawhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-nasa-needs-to-establish-martian-law-180965259/Future Mars colonists may want to form their own legal system. What would stop them?Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:55:24 +0000Mothers Adopt a Universal Tone of Voice When They Talk To Babieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mothers-adopt-universal-tone-voice-when-they-talk-to-babies-180965260/And other surprising facts about how we speak to infantsFri, 13 Oct 2017 15:58:53 +0000The 1938 Hurricane That Revived New England's Fall Colorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1938-hurricane-revived-new-englands-fall-colors-180964975/An epic natural disaster restored the forest of an earlier AmericaThu, 12 Oct 2017 13:55:07 +0000The Musk Turtle Beer Koozie and Other Household Items We Use for Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/turtle-beer-koozie-and-other-household-items-we-use-science-180965054/When the going gets tough, creative researchers turn to plastic lizard protectors, monkey loofahs and deer vagina trackersWed, 11 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Island Where Scientists Bring Extinct Reptiles Back to Life (Nope, Not That One)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/island-where-scientists-bring-extinct-reptiles-back-life-180965041/Reviving a long-dead Galapagos tortoise will take Jurassic Park-esque tactics—but have humans already intervened too much?Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Trinity Site Offers a Rare Chance to Visit Ground Zero of the World’s First Atomic Bomb Explosionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/trinity-site-open-house-offers-public-rare-glimpse-atomic-bomb-site-180965110/The detonation site is only open to civilians twice a yearFri, 06 Oct 2017 15:51:16 +0000How to Give Dead Animals a Second Life: The Art of Skeleton Articulationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-give-dead-animals-second-life-art-skeleton-articulation-180965113/Mike deRoos and Michi Main build beautiful models from the remains of Pacific sea creaturesThu, 05 Oct 2017 16:12:12 +0000How the American Women Codebreakers of WWII Helped Win the Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-women-codebreakers-wwii-helped-win-war-180965058/A new book documents the triumphs and challenges of more than 10,000 women who worked behind the scenes of wartime intelligenceThu, 05 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Explore the Secret Lives of Animals With These Marvelous Mapshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/explore-secret-lives-animals-these-marvelous-maps-180965070/A new book considers how sophisticated tracking technology and the data it collects can improve conservation strategiesTue, 03 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Stinky Cheese Tells Us About the Science of Disgusthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-stinky-cheese-tells-us-about-disgust-180965017/Why does this pungent delicacy give some the munchies, but send others reeling to the toilet?Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Does Human Echolocation Work?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-does-human-echolocation-work-180965063/Blind since he was very young, Daniel Kish is the world's foremost proponent of using vocal clicks to navigateMon, 02 Oct 2017 13:45:57 +0000With Federal Funds Dwindling, Climate Scientists Turn to Unusual Partnerships to Study Methane in a Warming Arctichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/climate-scientists-turn-to-unusual-partnerships-arctic-180965015/As the urgency of climate change becomes tangible to those in the Arctic, federal funds are growing harder to come byFri, 29 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Ancient Whale Baleen Artifacts Can Now Tell New Storieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-ancient-artifacts-crafted-whale-baleen-can-now-tell-new-stories-180965066/How an innovative protein analysis technique helped solve a decades-old mystery Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Rock Lobster From a Farm Could Soon Be Coming To a Menu Near Youhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rock-lobster-farm-could-soon-be-coming-menu-near-you-180965064/Rock lobster isn't just a B52's song, it's a beloved meal around the world. And now scientists have figured out how to raise them on a farmThu, 28 Sep 2017 19:59:20 +0000The Chemistry and Physics Behind the Perfect Cup of Coffeehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-brewing-great-cup-coffee-180965049/How science helps your barista brew your espresso perfectly every timeThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:26:03 +0000Fall in Love With This Newly Discovered Giant Island Rathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fall-love-newly-discovered-giant-island-rat-180965033/The Vangunu rat is the first rodent species to come to light on the Solomon Islands in 80 years—and it’s already endangeredWed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000