Science | smithsonianmag.comhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenWed, 27 Oct 2021 18:51:48 +0000Fourteen Ways That Spiders Use Their Silkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fourteen-ways-spiders-use-their-silk-180978354/From making parachutes to building scuba tanks, the arachnids have come up with some fascinating creationsWed, 27 Oct 2021 18:51:48 +0000Discarded Tires Are 'Ghost Fishing' Hermit Crabshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/discarded-tires-are-ghost-fishing-hermit-crabs-180978942/New research suggests these shell-swapping crustaceans are vulnerable to becoming trapped inside human debrisTue, 26 Oct 2021 23:01:00 +0000New Dating Method Shows Vikings Occupied Newfoundland in 1021 C.E.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-dating-method-shows-vikings-occupied-newfoundland-in-1021-ce-180978903/Tree ring evidence of an ancient solar storm enables scientists to pinpoint the exact year of Norse settlementWed, 20 Oct 2021 15:00:00 +0000What Does the Future Hold for the Joshua Tree?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/future-hold-joshua-tree-180978853/The beloved desert denizen is feeling the heatWed, 20 Oct 2021 13:44:17 +0000What Drove Homo Erectus Out of Africa?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-drove-homo-erectus-out-of-africa-180978881/Excavations at a site in northern Israel are at the heart of a debate about the species' migrationsTue, 19 Oct 2021 14:06:41 +0000Inside the Experiment to Create Mars on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inside-experiment-mars-earth-180978842/A hostile landscape. Cramped quarters. Dehydrated food. A photographer takes part in an attempt to live on another planetTue, 19 Oct 2021 11:52:05 +0000Seven Important Questions About Covid Antivirals Answeredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seven-important-questions-about-covid-antivirals-answered-180978883/New medicines may stop the virus from replicating so your immune system can fight a few viral soldiers instead of an armyMon, 18 Oct 2021 14:12:52 +0000How Steller's Sea Cows Impacted the Environment They Left Behindhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-stellers-sea-cows-impacted-the-environment-they-left-behind-180978869/A new paper explores the ways these extinct megaherbivores would have reshaped kelp forests across the North PacificFri, 15 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0000Five Things to Know About NASA's Lunar Rover 'VIPER'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-things-to-know-about-nasas-lunar-rover-viper-180978787/The device will hunt for resources, including water, vital to future space explorationTue, 12 Oct 2021 13:34:54 +0000Modern Crocodiles Are Evolving at a Rapid Ratehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/modern-crocodiles-are-evolving-rapid-rate-180978432/Despite their reputation as "living fossils," crocodiles have changed dramatically in the last two million yearsThu, 07 Oct 2021 13:52:47 +0000Plastics Make Beaches Hotter During the Day and Colder at Nighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/plastics-make-beaches-hotter-during-day-and-colder-night-180978353/A study of remote islands shows that debris alters sand temperaturesTue, 05 Oct 2021 16:54:11 +0000How Indigenous Stories Helped Scientists Understand the Origin of Three Huge Bouldershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-indigenous-stories-helped-scientists-understand-the-origin-of-three-huge-boulders-180978788/Legends spurred researchers to form a theory about Makin Island's distinctively out-of-place rocksMon, 04 Oct 2021 17:01:00 +0000X-Ray Technology Reveals Marie Antoinette's Censored Secret Correspondencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/x-ray-technology-reveals-marie-antoinettes-censored-secret-correspondence-180978796/A combination of the chemical analysis and advanced data processing used could reveal many more lost writings or drawingsFri, 01 Oct 2021 18:00:00 +0000This Molecule Could Be the Key to Understanding Why Concussions Have Such Long-Term Effectshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/researchers-pin-down-a-molecule-responsible-for-the-chronic-effects-of-brain-injury-180978780/Neuroscientists identified the molecule that persists in the brain—and showed how to disarm it in miceThu, 30 Sep 2021 13:29:34 +0000Ode to an Orcahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ode-orca-180978578/A photographer takes the plunge into forbidding waters off Norway for an extraordinary encounter with orcasWed, 29 Sep 2021 13:25:46 +0000The National Weather Service Began as a Crowdsourcing Experimenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/history-national-weather-service-180978585/Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry used an army of volunteers in what would eventually become the nation's weather forecasting operationTue, 28 Sep 2021 16:53:01 +0000Why Do Pilot Whales Chase Killer Whales Near Iceland?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-do-pilot-whales-chase-killer-whales-near-iceland-180978758/Scientists are working to understand the strange inter-cetacean conflictMon, 27 Sep 2021 13:16:57 +0000Vampire Bats Call Out to Friends to Share Blood Mealshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/vampire-bats-call-out-to-friends-to-share-blood-meals-180978747/After they prep bite sites to lap the blood out of live cows, females invite their roostmates to join themThu, 23 Sep 2021 18:24:53 +0000Genetic Study Maps When and How Polynesians Settled the Pacific Islandshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genetic-study-maps-when-and-how-polynesians-settled-the-pacific-islands-180978733/Mysterious stone figures on far-flung islands may have been erected by descendants of seafaring explorers from the same archipelagoWed, 22 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0000To Boost Black Men in Medicine, Advocates Turn to Sportshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/to-boost-black-men-in-medicine-advocates-turn-to-sports-180978704/High-performing athletes possess many of the skills and attributes that physicians need, supporters of the strategy sayTue, 21 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0000Inside the Growing Movement to Share Science Through Quiltinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inside-growing-movement-share-science-through-quilting-180978305/The classic medium allows researchers, students and artists to tell stories about science, technology, engineering and mathMon, 20 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0000The Planet Has Lost Half of Its Coral Reefs Since 1950https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-planet-has-lost-half-of-coral-reefs-since-1950-180978701/A new study finds dramatic declines in coral reef cover, biodiversity and fish abundanceFri, 17 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0000Evidence of Fur and Leather Clothing, Among World's Oldest, Found in Moroccan Cavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/evidence-of-fur-and-leather-clothing-among-worlds-oldest-found-in-moroccan-cave-180978689/Humans likely sported clothes made of jackal, fox and wildcat skins some 120,000 years agoThu, 16 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0000Why Don't Kids Tend to Get as Sick From Covid-19?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-dont-kids-tend-get-sick-covid-19-180978639/Some children have been hospitalized and some have died, but at a tiny fraction of the adult rate. Scientists are trying to find out why.Mon, 13 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0000Can Birds Tip Us Off to Natural Disasters?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-birds-tip-us-natural-disasters-180978571/Researchers think birds can hear hurricanes and tsunamis—a sense they’re hoping to tap into to develop a bird-based early warning systemWed, 08 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0000New, Giant Carnivorous Dinosaur Was a Terror to Smaller Tyrannosaurshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-giant-carnivorous-dinosaur-was-terror-smaller-tyrannosaurs-180978599/A fossil jaw reveals the large predator lived 90 million years agoWed, 08 Sep 2021 09:00:00 +0000Frog Foam May Help Deliver Drugs to Human Skinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/frog-foam-may-help-deliver-drugs-human-skin-180978557/A new study suggests the concoction created by mating amphibians may help dispense medicine slowly over timeTue, 07 Sep 2021 23:01:00 +0000Animals Are Changing Shape to Cope With Rising Temperatureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/animals-are-changing-shape-cope-rising-temperatures-180978595/Birds, bats, rabbits, mice and other creatures are growing bigger body parts to cool themselves off Tue, 07 Sep 2021 16:49:52 +0000A Brief, Fascinating History of Ambergrishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/brief-fascinating-history-ambergris-180978517/The odd, enduring appeal of a scarce commodity few people use and no one really needsThu, 02 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0000Scientists Identify Seven Species of Spotted Skunks, and They All Do Handstands Before They Sprayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seven-species-exist-skunk-does-hand-stand-it-sprays-180978554/Researchers analyzed hundreds of spotted skunk specimens to classify the animalsWed, 01 Sep 2021 14:53:10 +0000Endangered Wild Dogs Rely on Diverse Habitat to Survive Around Lionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/endangered-wild-dogs-rely-diverse-habitat-survive-around-lions-180978263/A new study shows that bramble and brush help the canines avoid attacks by the big cats, and may offer clues about where to reintroduce the dogsMon, 30 Aug 2021 11:00:00 +0000