Science | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenThu, 20 Sep 2018 21:01:25 +0000Behind the Scenes With the Spacecraft That Will Soar Through the Sun's Atmospherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/behind-scenes-spacecraft-touch-sun-180969951/The probe, which launches Sunday, will attempt to solve enduring mysteries about the sunThu, 09 Aug 2018 17:23:04 +0000Ecstasy Turns Antisocial Octopuses Into Lovestruck Cuddle Buddies—Just Like Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ecstasy-turns-antisocial-octopuses-lovestruck-cuddle-buddiesjust-us-180970363/The 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/should-nobel-prizes-take-year-180970359/An 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 Populationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/remnants-human-poop-help-archaeologists-study-ancient-populations-180970337/Undigested 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 Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-happen-earth-stopped-rotating-180970312/You 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/museums-visit-free-museum-day-180970317/Museums 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 Spacesuithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/latest-kickstarter-preserve-neil-armstrong-spacesuit-180970316/As 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/snowy-owl-disappearing-180970314/These 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 Habithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genetic-skin-graft-helps-mice-kick-cocaine-habit-180970302/A 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 +0000How Wireless Water-to-Air Communication Could Revolutionize Marine Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-wireless-water-to-air-communication-could-revolutionize-marine-research-180970217/Solving a longstanding puzzle, MIT researchers have developed a way of sending signals from underwater to airborne devicesFri, 14 Sep 2018 18:16:23 +0000Scientists Can Predict When Birds Will Migrate Up to a Week in Advancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-can-predict-when-birds-will-migrate-up-to-week-advance-180970280/A new forecasting model using years of bird migration data and weather radar could help us protect migrating birds from harmThu, 13 Sep 2018 18:05:00 +0000The Maya Captured, Traded and Sacrificed Jaguars and Other Large Mammalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/maya-captured-traded-and-sacrificed-jaguars-and-other-large-mammals-180970271/New archeological findings suggest the Maya city state Copan dealt in a robust jaguar tradeWed, 12 Sep 2018 18:00:00 +0000Stone Age Markings May Be the Oldest Drawing Ever Discoveredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stone-age-markings-may-be-oldest-drawing-ever-discovered-180970269/The crosshatch symbol was made with a red ochre utensil more than 70,000 years agoWed, 12 Sep 2018 17:00:00 +0000These Teen Birds Love Sleeping In, Toohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-teen-birds-love-sleep-too-180970268/A new study suggests young grassland songbirds postpone fledging in order to mooch off mom and dad as long as they canWed, 12 Sep 2018 13:01:00 +0000Nuclear Technology May Help Bring Early Mammal Evolution Into Focushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nuclear-technology-may-help-bring-early-mammal-evolution-into-focus-180970263/Using a neutron scanner at Los Alamos, paleontologists are generating high-resolution imagery of early mammal fossilsWed, 12 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000Ketamine Works as a Fast-Acting Antidepressant, But the Full Effects Are Still Unknownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ketamine-works-fast-acting-antidepressant-full-effects-are-still-unknown-180970265/A new study suggests that ketamine activates the brain's opioid receptors, complicating its use to treat clinical depressionTue, 11 Sep 2018 19:27:54 +0000How Virtual Reality and Sideline Brain Scans Could Help Diagnose Concussionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/virtual-reality-sideline-brain-scans-help-diagnose-concussions-180970249/Determining if an athlete or soldier has a concussion often depends on what they tell you, but new technologies could provide a more objective approachMon, 10 Sep 2018 20:28:21 +0000Tracking Down the Origins of Cystic Fibrosis in Ancient Europehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tracking-origins-cystic-fibrosis-ancient-europe-180970238/CF is the most common genetic disease among Caucasians, and how it became so widespread is something of a mysteryMon, 10 Sep 2018 18:59:47 +0000How Scientists Can Learn About Human Behavior From Closed-Circuit TVhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-scientists-can-learn-about-human-behavior-from-closed-circuit-tv-180970236/While researchers used to rely on interviews and experiments, raw video reveals subtle, previously hidden reactionsFri, 07 Sep 2018 17:22:53 +0000Diving Deep to Reveal the Microbial Mysteries of Lost Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/diving-deep-reveal-microbial-mysteries-lost-city-180970234/An expedition sets out this week to explore a field of hydrothermal vents in the deep Atlantic, one of the most extreme ecosystems on the planetFri, 07 Sep 2018 17:08:55 +0000Hunting Deadly Mosquitoes in Panama https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hunting-deadly-mosquitoes-panama-180970229/The latest podcast “Sidedoor” travels with Smithsonian experts on the trail of the buzzing beasts known as the AedesFri, 07 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000Drones Will Track One of the Largest Dam Removals on the East Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/drones-will-track-one-largest-dam-removals-east-coast-180970219/When a Maryland dam comes down this fall, a team of scientists will deploy drones to monitor the flow of more than two million cubic feet of sedimentThu, 06 Sep 2018 15:46:56 +0000The Benefits of Probiotics Might Not Be So Clear Cuthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/benefits-probiotics-might-not-be-so-clear-cut-180970221/An individual's natural gut bacteria determine whether the so-called dietary supplements help or do nothing at allThu, 06 Sep 2018 15:21:36 +0000Toxic Chemicals Banned 20 Years Ago Finally Disappearing From Arctic Wildlifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/toxic-chemicals-banned-arctic-wildlife-180970209/But the appearance of new chemicals is creating an uncertain future for polar bears, orcas and seabirdsThu, 06 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Plant-Based Mosquito Repellents Are So Hard to Makehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-plant-based-mosquito-repellents-are-hard-make-180970210/Bug sprays with DEET feel oily and smell gross. But turning natural plant oils into commercial products isn't easyWed, 05 Sep 2018 16:15:20 +0000New Software Can Predict Landslides Weeks Before They Happen https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-software-can-predict-landslides-weeks-before-they-happen-180970181/Australian researchers are using AI and mathematics to detect tiny changes that may precede the often-deadly eventsTue, 04 Sep 2018 17:18:46 +0000When the U.S. Government Tried to Make It Rain by Exploding Dynamite in the Skyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-us-government-tried-make-rain-exploding-dynamite-sky-180970193/Inspired by weather patterns during the Civil War, the rainmakers of the 1890s headed to west Texas to test their theoryTue, 04 Sep 2018 16:58:17 +0000The Mysterious Origins of the Smallpox Vaccinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mysterious-origins-smallpox-vaccine-180970069/Though the disease was declared eradicated in 1980, the era of smallpox is far from overTue, 04 Sep 2018 15:31:25 +0000Sea-Star Murdering Robots Are Deployed in the Great Barrier Reefhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sea-star-murdering-robotsa-are-deployed-in-great-barrier-reef-180970177/The RangerBot is a new line of defense against coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfishFri, 31 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000Siblings Could Shed Light on Roots of Autismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/siblings-could-shed-light-roots-autism-180970165/Most research has focused on studying two parents and two autistic children, but new research calls for learning more about siblings who don't have autismWed, 29 Aug 2018 19:00:00 +0000Here's What We Know (and Don't Know) About Flushing Contact Lenses Down the Drainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/flushing-contact-lenses-down-drain-180970154/Though they are tiny, the lenses add up--and might be infiltrating the environmentTue, 28 Aug 2018 19:07:58 +0000Pregnant Male Pipefish Are the Sea's Swaggery Swingershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pregnant-male-pipefish-are-seas-swaggery-swingers-180970144/Male pipefish, which take on the burden of carrying eggs to term, can compromise their own pregnancies if they see a “huge, sexy female” swimming byTue, 28 Aug 2018 14:22:56 +0000Noise Pollution Might Cut Birds’ Lives Shorthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/noise-pollution-might-cut-birds-lives-short-180970145/Stressed out teen birds have enough to deal with—noise seems to be one factor that could seal their fateTue, 28 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Eating Poop Makes These Mole-Rats More Motherlyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-eating-poop-makes-these-mole-rats-more-motherly-180970140/New research suggests a colony’s queen stimulates babysitters by transferring a type of estrogen through her fecesMon, 27 Aug 2018 19:27:56 +0000For Men, Gains in the Gym May Come at a Cost to Spermhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/men-gains-gym-cost-sperm-180970129/There might be a tradeoff between how strong men look and sperm countMon, 27 Aug 2018 16:00:00 +0000Biologists Say Chesapeake Bay Cownose Rays Travel to Florida and Backhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-environmental-research-center/2018/08/24/first-time-biologists-track-cownose-rays-florida-and-back/While scientists have unraveled one mystery about cownose ray migrations, there are still many unknowns surrounding the animals. Read more: http://www.smiFri, 24 Aug 2018 18:24:52 +0000Do Animals Experience Grief?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/do-animals-experience-grief-180970124/A growing body of evidence points to how animals are aware of death and will sometimes mourn for or ritualize their dead Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:27:46 +0000One Fish, Two Fish, Fish Can Count(ish?)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/one-fish-two-fish-fish-can-count-ish-180970122/New research shows—again—that fish “count” like humans do. Are our cognitive evolutionary roots fishier than we thought? Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000When Rhinos Once Roamed in Washington Statehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-rhinos-once-roamed-washington-state-180970035/Road-tripping through prehistoric times on the West CoastThu, 23 Aug 2018 15:08:41 +0000Lions Are Coming Back to Southern Malawi, Where They Haven't Been Seen for Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lions-coming-back-malawi-180970109/The apex predators have been returned to Malawi's Liwonde National Park in an effort to restore the ecosystem and boost tourismThu, 23 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Makes Some Species More Likely to Go Extinct?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-makes-some-species-more-likely-go-extinct-180970103/With help from the fossil record, paleontologists are piecing together what might make one creature more vulnerable than anotherWed, 22 Aug 2018 17:39:08 +0000Five Young Lion Brothers Mate With One Lionesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/five-young-lion-brothers-mate-with-one-lioness/A group of five adolescent male lions - dubbed the Musketeers - are wandering the desert looking to find their own kingdomWed, 22 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Their World Was Crumbling But These Ancient People Built a Lasting Memorialhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-their-world-was-chaos-these-ancient-people-coped-building-monument-180970087/A 5,000-year-old burial site near Kenya’s Lake Turkana likely served as a bonding place for a culture in fluxWed, 22 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Hostile Lioness Withholds Food From Hungry Orphaned Cubshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/hostile-lioness-withholds-food-from-hungry-o/A group of orphaned lion cubs are facing an uncertain futureTue, 21 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000In the Quest for Universal Blood, Go With Your Guthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gut-microbes-could-hold-key-making-universal-blood-180970079/Scientists enlisted enzymes produced by gut bacteria to turn blood into type OTue, 21 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000On the Hunt for Unloved, Unstudied, Yet Super Important Lichenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hunt-unloved-unstudied-important-lichen-180970070/James Lendemer is one of the few people taking stock of one of the world’s most peculiar lifeformsMon, 20 Aug 2018 16:13:00 +0000Do Not Fear the Drones Air-Dropping 50,000 Mosquitoes From Abovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/do-not-fear-drones-air-dropping-50000-mosquitoes-above-180970068/These horny buggers are actually here to help us fight the spread of diseaseMon, 20 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000What the Surging Glaciers of Svalbard Tell Us About the Future of Rising Seashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-surging-glaciers-svalbard-tell-us-about-future-rising-seas-180970060/Scientists look to the Norwegian archipelago's fast-moving glaciers to better understand how other accelerating glaciers will behave Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:23:34 +0000How Scientists Discovered Helium, the First Alien Element, 150 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-scientists-discovered-helium-first-alien-element-1868-180970057/First found only on the sun, scientists doubted the mysterious element even existed for more than a decadeFri, 17 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Tracing Alfred Russel Wallace’s Footsteps Through the Jungles of Borneohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tracing-alfred-russel-wallaces-footsteps-through-jungles-borneo-180970010/A biologist treks to the site where the little-known naturalist penned a paper on evolution that would spur on a rivalrous Charles DarwinWed, 15 Aug 2018 18:28:27 +0000How Accurate Is <I>Alpha's</i> Theory of Dog Domestication?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-wolves-really-became-dogs-180970014/The ‘boy and his dog’ tale is a piece of prehistoric fiction, but scientists are uncovering the true origins of our incredible relationship with dogsWed, 15 Aug 2018 17:53:46 +0000Cancer Is One Worry Elephants Can Feel Free to Forgethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cancer-one-worry-elephants-forget-180969993/ The gentle giants' cells contain a tumor-fighting self-destruct button.Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:01:01 +0000Why Curators Killed Hatcher, the 66-Million-Year-Old Triceratopshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2018/08/10/elegy-hatcher-triceratops/The popular dinosaur has a new starring role in the upcoming “Deep Time” exhibition—a meal for T. rex Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:36:33 +0000A Macaw Breeding Center Supplied Prehistoric Americans With Prized Plumagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/macaw-breeding-center-supplied-plumage-180969982/This yet-undiscovered breeding center is likely one of the first instances of exotic animal husbandry in the regionMon, 13 Aug 2018 19:01:39 +0000Ancient Ceramic Cups Reveal Oldest Direct Evidence of Beer in Mesopotamiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-ceramic-cups-reveal-oldest-direct-evidence-beer-mesopotamia-180969975/Researchers are working on resurrecting the recipeMon, 13 Aug 2018 17:31:43 +0000The Corn of the Future Is Hundreds of Years Old and Makes Its Own Mucushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/corn-future-hundreds-years-old-and-makes-its-own-mucus-180969972/This rare variety of corn has evolved a way to make its own nitrogen, which could revolutionize farmingFri, 10 Aug 2018 18:22:01 +0000Megalodon Wasn't the Only Impressive Shark in the Prehistoric Seashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/megalodon-wasnt-only-impressive-shark-prehistoric-seas-180969967/No longer thought of as "living fossils," ancient sharks sported a crazy amount of varietyThu, 09 Aug 2018 20:52:40 +0000The National Zoo’s Beloved, Aging Emu Has Diedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-zoos-beloved-aging-emu-has-died-180969960/Darwin delighted zoo patrons for 21 years with his clever antics and charismaThu, 09 Aug 2018 17:53:34 +0000How Volcanoes Reshape Ecosystemshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-volcanoes-reshape-ecosystems-180969956/Volcanic eruptions change the natural world in dramatic waysThu, 09 Aug 2018 14:50:04 +0000Zebra Finches Dream a Little Dream of Melodyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/zebra-finches-dream-little-dream-melody-180969925/Zebra finches flex their singing muscles while snoozing, as if they're lip-syncing in their sleep—and scientists want to know whyTue, 07 Aug 2018 17:31:26 +0000Four Foals Join the Herd of Przewalski’s Horses at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/four-foals-join-herd-przewalskis-horses-smithsonian-180969895/This endangered species, native to Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan, is slowly being revitalized with the help of conservation scientists around the world.Mon, 06 Aug 2018 20:41:02 +0000Climate Change Is Taking Down Birds in the Mojave Deserthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/climate-change-taking-down-birds-mojave-desert-180969893/New findings suggest increasingly dry conditions have halved Mojave's bird populations over the last century. It's a warning for the desert — and the worldMon, 06 Aug 2018 19:01:51 +0000How Amazon Rivers Play a Role in the Evolution of Birdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-amazon-rivers-play-role-evolution-birds-180969876/Rivers are natural boundaries for evolving populations. But scientists don't agree whether they create new species or just help maintain them.Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:34:10 +0000Why the Ocean Needs Wildernesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-ocean-needs-wilderness-180969875/A new study finds that only 13 percent of the ocean can be classified as "wilderness." But what does this even mean?Mon, 06 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Botulism Outbreak That Gave Rise to America’s Food Safety Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/botulism-outbreak-gave-rise-americas-food-safety-system-180969868/In late 1919 and early 1920, scientists and canners worked with the government to protect the public from the deadly toxinFri, 03 Aug 2018 15:56:14 +0000The Real Science Behind the Megalodonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/real-science-megalodon-180969860/As <I>The Meg</i> hits theaters, dive into what we <i>really</i> know about this chompy predatorFri, 03 Aug 2018 14:37:07 +0000A New Genetic Study Suggests Modern Flores Island Pygmies and Ancient Hobbits Are Unrelatedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-genetic-study-suggests-modern-flores-island-pygmies-and-ancient-hobbits-are-unrelated-180969858/The island dwarfism effect seems to have occurred independently in each population, thousands of years apartThu, 02 Aug 2018 18:01:25 +0000How American Scientists Are Planning to Thwart a Salamander Apocalypse https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-american-scientists-are-planning-thwart-salamander-apocalypse-180969809/Yet another fungus threatens to decimate amphibians in North America, but this time, scientists stand readyWed, 01 Aug 2018 19:34:58 +0000Are We Grooming Beaches to Death?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-we-grooming-beaches-to-death-180969802/Urban beaches worldwide have less garbage than remote beaches, but less life too. The City of Santa Monica hopes to change the image of a clean beach.Wed, 01 Aug 2018 15:41:41 +0000How Dad's Genes Can Prepare Mom for Parenthoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-dads-genes-can-prepare-mom-parenthood-180969793/Even fathers who don’t provide childcare to their offspring have a way of securing their kids’ futures—by ramping up mom’s hormonesTue, 31 Jul 2018 18:02:00 +0000Could Houseplants Keep Tabs on the Health of Your Home? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-your-houseplants-keep-tabs-health-your-home-180969781/Researchers at the University of Tennessee look at the possibility of using plants as biosensors to detect dangers like mold or radonTue, 31 Jul 2018 13:42:59 +0000Will China's Growing Appetite for Meat Undermine Its Efforts to Fight Climate Change?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/will-chinas-growing-appetite-for-meat-undermind-its-efforts-to-fight-climate-change-180969789/The country consumes 28 percent of the world's meat—twice as much as the United States. And that figure is only set to increase.Mon, 30 Jul 2018 19:36:15 +0000Why Mantis Shrimps, Not Sharks, Might Be the Most Amazing Predators in the Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-mantis-shrimps-not-sharks-might-be-most-amazing-predators-in-sea-180969772/The crustaceans have superpowers other animals can only dream ofFri, 27 Jul 2018 16:00:01 +0000A Photographer Documents the Effects of Climate Change on Maine's Intertidal Zoneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/photographer-documents-effects-climate-change-maines-intertidal-zones-180969744/A marine biology student at Northeastern University captures the vulnerable organisms that have to survive high and low tideFri, 27 Jul 2018 15:36:06 +0000To Pinpoint the Origin of a Fish, Check Out Its Physiquehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pinpoint-origin-fish-check-out-physique-180969768/A new cost-effective tool may help small-scale fisheries simply and accurately determine the origins of a day's catch.Fri, 27 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000A Clever Cuttlefish Goes in for the Killhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-clever-cuttlefish-goes-in-for-the-kill/In a sandy gully, a school of razorfish are being stalked by an invisible predator and a master of disguise: the crafty cuttlefishFri, 27 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Dads Pass On More Than Genetics in Their Spermhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dads-pass-more-genetics-their-sperm-180969760/Seminal research reveals that sperm change their cargo as they travel the reproductive tract—and the differences can have consequences for fertilityThu, 26 Jul 2018 15:04:44 +0000How Spawning Squid Offer a Buffet for Predatorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-spawning-squid-offer-a-buffet-for-predators/During spawning season, calamari squid become vulnerable in the shallow waters. But they do have one weapon that helps improve their oddsThu, 26 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Lizards With Bigger Toes and Smaller Hind Legs Survive Hurricaneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lizards-with-bigger-toes-smaller-hind-legs-survive-hurricanes-180969749/A serendipitous study comparing the physical traits of lizards before and after 2017's hurricane season shows natural selection in actionWed, 25 Jul 2018 17:02:00 +0000The Remarkable Way Calamari Squid Catch Their Preyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-remarkable-way-calamari-squid-catch-thei/They might be delicious to us but in the ocean, calamari squid are formidable predators, using concealed tentacles which shoot out toward any preyWed, 25 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Jamestown Skeleton is Unearthed, but Only Time—and Science—Will Reveal His True Identityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jamestown-skeleton-unearthed-only-timeand-sciencewill-reveal-his-true-identity-180969748/Jamestown Rediscovery archeologists use new technology to uncover the bones of one of the first English colonistsTue, 24 Jul 2018 21:16:45 +0000Why the Most Helpful Dogs Keep Calm and Carry On https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-most-helpful-dogs-keep-calm-and-carry-180969731/Dogs are willing to overcome obstacles to help people in distress—as long as they keep their coolTue, 24 Jul 2018 04:20:00 +0000