Science | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenMon, 21 Jan 2019 14:43:54 +0000Watch NASA Land the InSight Spacecraft on Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/watch-nasa-attempt-land-spacecraft-mars-180970884/The InSight lander has successfully touched down on MarsMon, 26 Nov 2018 16:36:14 +0000New Prehistoric Shark Species Discovered Alongside Sue the T. Rexhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-prehistoric-shark-species-discovered-alongside-sue-t-rex-180971313/The teeth of <i>Galagadon nordquistae</i> were discovered in the rock that once surrounded the famous <i>T. rex</i> skeleton. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:43:54 +0000Four Types of Stars That Will Not Exist for Billions or Even Trillions of Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/four-types-stars-will-not-exist-billions-or-even-trillions-years-180971299/According to models of stellar evolution, certain types of stars need longer than the universe has existed to formFri, 18 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000How Scientific Chance and a Little Luck Helped Usher in the Nuclear Agehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/enrico-fermi-scientific-chance-luck-nuclear-age-180971249/Accidental experiments and chance encounters helped Enrico Fermi produce the first nuclear reactorThu, 17 Jan 2019 15:07:29 +0000From Lady Liberty to Hollywood to the Middle East, These Are the Most Exciting Museums Opening in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-exciting-museums-open-their-doors-year-180971279/Visit new institutions devoted to mascots, spies, archaeological sites, American icons and much more this yearThu, 17 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Used a Robot to Study How Prehistoric Lizards Walkedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-used-robot-study-how-prehistoric-lizards-evolved-walk-land-180971283/OroBOT, a robot version of an ancestor to the dinosaurs, is helping fill in some gaps in the evolution of walkingWed, 16 Jan 2019 18:00:00 +0000San Diego’s Frozen Zoo Offers Hope for Endangered Species Around the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/san-diegos-frozen-zoo-180971276/The largest animal cryobank in the world is a rich source of genetic knowledge that may one day be used to bring endangered species back from the brinkWed, 16 Jan 2019 15:25:44 +0000Disintegrating Planets Could Be the Key to Discovering What Worlds Are Made Ofhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/disintegrating-planets-could-key-discovering-what-worlds-exoplanets-made-of-180971245/Exoplanets that have been ripped apart by their host stars could provide an opportunity to measure the minerals of the galaxyTue, 15 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Twelve Anniversaries and Events Worth Traveling For in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/twelve-anniversaries-and-events-travel-2019-180971238/2019 will mark Singapore's bicentennial, the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death and a total solar eclipse in South AmericaMon, 14 Jan 2019 20:55:21 +0000The Statistician Who Debunked Sexist Myths About Skull Size and Intelligencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/alice-lee-statistician-debunked-sexist-myths-skull-size-intelligence-180971241/Though she laid bare the false claim of women's intellectual inferiority, Alice Lee failed to apply the same logic to raceMon, 14 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000To Study Rare Sharks, Scientists Are Heading to Fish Marketshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/study-rare-sharks-fish-markets-180971231/Marine biologists are combing fish markets around the world to study what comes up in the nets, and sometimes the catch is full of surprises Thu, 10 Jan 2019 19:11:45 +0000Nine Innovators to Watch in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nine-innovators-watch-2019-180971194/These big thinkers are set to make news this year with exciting developments in transportation, energy, health, food science and moreThu, 10 Jan 2019 16:28:32 +0000This Lobster Trap Aims to Protect Endangered Whales — and Fishers’ Livelihoodshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lobster-trap-aims-protect-endangered-whalesand-fishers-livelihoods-180971208/A team of engineers is designing a low-cost, lineless, self-surfacing lobster trap that would prevent right whale entanglementThu, 10 Jan 2019 14:48:15 +0000How New York Separated Immigrant Families in the Smallpox Outbreak of 1901 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-new-york-separated-immigrant-families-smallpox-outbreak-1901-180971211/Vaccinations were administered by police raids, parents and children were torn apart, and the New York City Health Department controlled the narrativeThu, 10 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Detailed Scans of Ancient Human Skull Reveal Structure of the Brain and Inner Earhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/detailed-scans-ancient-human-skull-reveal-structure-brain-and-inner-ear-180971199/The skull of "Little Foot," one of the oldest known hominins, continues to teach researchers about human evolution Wed, 09 Jan 2019 15:46:39 +0000'The End of Ice,' and the Arctic Communities Already Grappling With a Warming Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/end-ice-and-arctic-communities-already-grappling-changing-world-180971188/A new book highlights the changes endured by inhabitants of the Arctic, serving as a harbinger of what’s to come in lower latitudes Tue, 08 Jan 2019 18:57:48 +0000New Tracking Technology Reveals Hidden Animal Migration Routeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/technology-gps-collar-reveals-hidden-animal-migration-routes-180971185/Using improved GPS collars, scientists are mapping more herd migration routes than ever before, a key to conservation efforts in the western United StatesTue, 08 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000How Jean Bennett Found a Way to Treat Hereditary Blindness in Childrenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-jean-bennett-found-way-treat-hereditary-blindness-children-180971168/In conversation with chef Spike Gjerde, the molecular geneticist explains how she is paving the way for the future of gene therapyFri, 04 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Skulls With 'Surfer's Ear' Suggest Ancient Pearl Divers in Panamahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bony-growths-ear-canal-plagued-pre-columbian-divers-panama-180971164/Thought to occur mainly in cold-water environments, a new study shows "surfer's ear" bone spurs can grow even in the tropicsThu, 03 Jan 2019 18:23:41 +0000In Praise of Parasiteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/praise-parasites-180971139/They worm into snails and infect the brains of fish. They’re also examples of sophisticated evolution and keys to ecosystem balance.Thu, 03 Jan 2019 15:49:09 +0000The Oldest Material in the Smithsonian Institution Came From Outer Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/oldest-material-smithsonian-institution-came-outer-space-180971017/Decades after the Allende Meteorite plunged to Earth, scientists still mine its fragments for clues to the cosmosThu, 03 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000The 'Pole of Inaccessibility' Has Eluded Adventurers for More Than a Centuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pole-inaccessibility-has-eluded-adventurers-more-than-century-180971012/This winter, explorers will once again set out for the most remote part of the Arctic OceanThu, 03 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Why Are Starfish Shaped Like Stars and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-starfish-shaped-stars-180971008/You asked, we answeredThu, 03 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Behold the Most Distant Object Ever Visited by Spacecraft https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/behold-most-distant-object-ever-visited-spacecraft-180971155/The New Horizons spacecraft has transmitted images from its New Year’s Day approach back to EarthWed, 02 Jan 2019 21:55:58 +0000Ring in the New Year With NASA’s Most Distant Planetary Encounter in Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ring-new-year-nasas-most-distant-planetary-encounter-history-180971145/The New Horizons spacecraft is on final approach to the distant Kuiper Belt Object, Ultima Thule, and you can follow along liveMon, 31 Dec 2018 19:24:25 +0000What We Learned About Our Human Origins in 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-we-learned-about-our-human-origins-2018-180971129/From an upper jaw to red ocher paintings, two Smithsonian scholars note the significant discoveries in human evolution this trip around the sunFri, 28 Dec 2018 19:47:02 +0000Our Top 11 Stories of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/our-top-11-stories-2018-180971131/From a 50-year-old political scandal to swarms of genetically engineered mosquitos, here are Smithsonian.com's most-read storiesFri, 28 Dec 2018 18:46:20 +0000Using the Sounds of Nature to Monitor Environmental Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/using-sounds-wild-monitor-environmental-change-180971128/From wind speed to temperature to atmospheric density, the sounds of the wilderness can help ecologists learn a lot about our planetFri, 28 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why More Babies Are Conceived in the Cold Winter Monthshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/more-babies-are-conceived-during-winter-fall-180971112/There's evidence of seasonal reproduction all the way back to the 1800sThu, 27 Dec 2018 17:01:38 +0000The 17th-Century Astronomer Who Made the First Atlas of the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/17th-century-astronomer-who-made-first-atlas-moon-180971103/Johannes Hevelius drew some of the first maps of the moon, praised for their detail, from his homemade rooftop observatory in the Kingdom of PolandThu, 27 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000From 3-D Printed Gills to AI Dolphin Dictionaries, These Innovations Could Make Us More Like Aquamanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/from-3-d-printed-gills-to-ai-dolphin-dictionaries-these-innovations-could-make-us-more-like-aquaman-180971108/If you look beyond the movie, you can see how the underwater superhero's signature powers translate in real techFri, 21 Dec 2018 21:31:51 +0000The Missions to the Moon That Never Left the Drawing Boardhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/missions-moon-never-got-ground-180971098/From pioneers of science fiction to the height of the space race, these are the ideas for lunar flight that never launchedFri, 21 Dec 2018 16:56:50 +0000The Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-ten-ocean-stories-2018-180971088/From the most ancient animal known to a newly defined ocean zone, the world's watery places never cease to amazeThu, 20 Dec 2018 18:36:51 +0000Stump-Grown Christmas Trees Are the Gift That Keeps on Givinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/coppice-farming-grows-christmas-trees-keep-giving-180971068/Using the sustainable and ancient method of coppicing, evergreen Christmas trees can be regrown indefinitely Thu, 20 Dec 2018 15:48:28 +0000Armored Dinosaurs Kept Cool With a Labyrinth of Nasal Canalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/armored-dinosaurs-kept-cool-labyrinth-nose-canals-180971073/A fluid dynamics study suggests the large and intricate passages in ankylosaurs' skulls were a great way to cool off in the CretaceousWed, 19 Dec 2018 18:00:00 +0000To Help Corals Fight Back, Scientists Are Breeding Populations Separated by Hundreds of Mileshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/to-help-corals-fight-back-scientists-breed-populations-separated-hundreds-miles-180971064/A new study demonstrates that assisted reproduction using cryopreserved sperm leads to offspring that might be more resilient in the face of climate changeWed, 19 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000The First Female Student at MIT Started an All-Women Chemistry Lab and Fought for Food Safetyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/first-female-student-mit-started-women-chemistry-lab-food-safety-180971056/Ellen Swallow Richards applied chemistry to the home to advocate for consumer safety and women's educationTue, 18 Dec 2018 17:30:33 +0000The Nerdiest Christmas Cards Ever May Be These Microscope Slides Composed of Shellshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/two-scientists-exchanged-christmas-greetings-microscope-slides-180971049/The unusual holiday exchange, which lasted decades during the early 20th-century, hints at the drama between the two colleaguesMon, 17 Dec 2018 16:21:23 +0000The Ill-Fated Expedition of a 19th-Century Scientist to Explore the California Wildernesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ill-fated-expedition-19th-century-scientist-explore-california-wilderness-180971048/Even facing exposure and starvation, Josiah Gregg insisted on stopping to take measurements and observations, much to his companions' distressMon, 17 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000We Still Don’t Know Why the Reign of the Dinosaurs Endedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/we-still-dont-know-why-reign-dinosaurs-ended-180971040/The asteroid strike on the Yucatán Peninsula 66 million years ago is only part of the storyFri, 14 Dec 2018 17:50:50 +0000NASA Won’t Be Going ‘Back’ to the Moon—It Wants to Go Beyond Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nasa-wont-go-back-moon-it-wants-go-beyond-180971033/At a 50th-anniversary event for Apollo 8, NASA’s Jim Bridenstine envisioned the moon’s potential for future space explorationThu, 13 Dec 2018 19:50:22 +0000Ant Colonies Retain Memories That Outlast the Lifespans of Individualshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ant-colonies-retain-memories-outlast-lifespans-individuals-180971022/An ant colony can thrive for decades, changing its behavior based on past events even as individual ants die off every year or soWed, 12 Dec 2018 18:36:45 +0000The Mind-Bending Math Behind Spot It!, the Beloved Family Card Gamehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/math-card-game-spot-it-180970873/The simple matching game has some deceptively complex mathematics behind the scenes Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:21:08 +0000Why Did Humans Lose Their Fur?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-did-humans-evolve-lose-fur-180970980/We are the naked apes of the world, having shed most of our body hair long agoTue, 11 Dec 2018 16:40:27 +0000How Apollo 8 ‘Saved 1968’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-apollo-8-saved-1968-180970991/The unforgettable, 99.9 percent perfect, December moon mission marked the end of a tumultuous year Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:23:22 +0000Thousand-Year-Old Rock Art Likely Served as a Gathering Point for Llama Caravans Crossing the Andeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/thousand-year-old-rock-art-likely-served-gathering-point-llama-caravans-crossing-andes-180970982/Trade caravans, whether supported by mules, camels or llamas, have helped archaeologists piece together the past in many corners of the worldMon, 10 Dec 2018 18:07:21 +0000Google's New AI Is a Master of Games, but How Does It Compare to the Human Mind?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/google-ai-deepminds-alphazero-games-chess-and-go-180970981/After building AlphaGo to beat the world's best Go players, Google DeepMind built AlphaZero to take on the world's best machine playersMon, 10 Dec 2018 15:25:07 +0000China Launches First Mission to Land on the Far Side of the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/china-launches-change-4-mission-land-far-side-moon-180970973/Not glimpsed by humanity until 1959, the surface of the far side of the Moon has never been visited beforeFri, 07 Dec 2018 18:25:20 +0000The Ten Best Science Books of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-best-science-books-2018-180970954/These titles explore the wide-ranging implications of new discoveries and experiments, while grounding them in historical contextThu, 06 Dec 2018 16:18:34 +0000Like Whales and Dolphins, Prehistoric 'Fish Lizards' Kept Warm With Blubberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whales-and-dolphins-prehistoric-fish-lizards-kept-warm-blubber-180970958/A new analysis of a pristine ichthyosaur fossil reveals that the prehistoric marine reptile had a layer of insulating fatty tissueWed, 05 Dec 2018 18:29:17 +0000The Complicated History of the Human and Elephant Relationshiphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/complicated-history-human-and-elephant-relationship-180970858/With the new exhibition, “Game Change,” Smithsonian Libraries delves into 150 years of hunting and conservationTue, 04 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000Asteroid Sample-Return Mission Arrives to Collect Primordial Rocks of the Solar Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasa-osiris-rex-asteroid-sample-return-mission-arrives-bennu-180970937/As the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at its target asteroid Bennu, scientists on the ground prepare for a new bounty of planetary samples Mon, 03 Dec 2018 17:08:35 +0000What's New, and What's Not, in the Reported Birth of the CRISPR Babieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-new-whats-not-reported-birth-crispr-babies-180970935/Editing human DNA, either in embryos or in cells that are reintroduced to the body, had come a long way before Lulu and Nana were bornMon, 03 Dec 2018 15:23:35 +0000As Port Cities Dredge Deeper to Accommodate Growing Cargo Ships, the Risk of Inland Flooding May Risehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/port-cities-dredge-deeper-accomodate-cargo-ships-risk-flooding-rise-180970928/By smoothing and deepening waterways, the hydrodynamics of estuaries and rivers can be dramatically changed to invite in the seaFri, 30 Nov 2018 17:04:00 +0000The Best Books of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-books-2018-180970895/In our efforts to increase and diffuse knowledge, we highly recommend these 70 titles released this yearFri, 30 Nov 2018 14:35:29 +0000Prehistoric Whale Jaw Bone Sheds Light on the Evolution of Baleenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/prehistoric-whale-jaw-bone-sheds-light-evolution-baleen-180970917/Hidden in a museums’ collections for years, a fossil provides a link between past and present feeding mechanismsThu, 29 Nov 2018 16:42:45 +0000Stone Tools at Arabian “Crossroads” Present Mysteries of Ancient Human Migrationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stone-tools-arabian-crossroads-present-mysteries-ancient-human-migration-180970916/Hominins made stone tools in central Arabia 190,000 years ago, and the hand axe technology raises questions about just who they wereThu, 29 Nov 2018 14:00:00 +0000If Light Can't Escape Black Holes, How Do We Get Photos of Them... and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/light-escape-black-holes-photos-questions-readers-180970726/You asked, we answeredThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000North America's Earliest Smokers May Have Helped Launch the Agricultural Revolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/americas-earliest-smokers-may-have-helped-launch-agricultural-revolution-180970904/As archaeologists push back the dates for the spread of tobacco use, new questions are emerging about trade networks and agricultureThu, 29 Nov 2018 12:30:00 +0000Scientists Measure the Second With Record-Breaking Precisionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-measure-second-record-breaking-precision-180970908/A new generation of optical clocks are becoming ever more reliable as physicists work to redefine timeWed, 28 Nov 2018 21:08:59 +0000Coral Larvae Cryogenically Frozen and Thawed for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/coral-larvae-cryogenically-frozen-and-thawed-first-time-180970905/Warming oceans are killing the world’s reefs, but scientists may have found a way to help them get out of hot water—by putting corals into a deep freezeWed, 28 Nov 2018 14:39:02 +0000How Satellites and Big Data Are Predicting the Behavior of Hurricanes and Other Natural Disastershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-satellites-and-big-data-are-predicting-behavior-hurricanes-and-other-natural-disasters-180970893/Leveraging machine learning could help diminish the damages of storms and wildfiresTue, 27 Nov 2018 17:14:45 +0000A New Treatment for Blindness Comes From Gene Therapyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-treatment-blindness-ingenuity-180970719/A wife-and-husband research team cracks the code to allow certain patients to see againTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Meet Scott Bolton, the Visionary Behind the NASA Mission to Jupiterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scott-bolton-visionary-behind-nasa-mission-jupiter-180970712/The Juno project will take on the mysteries of the gas giant that may in turn help us understand our own planet’s originsTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts This Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-best-stem-toys-to-give-gifts-this-year-180970868/Experts and kids of all ages recommend these tech toys, which inspire year-round curiosityFri, 23 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000