Science | Smithsonian Magazine feed for ScienceenThu, 14 Jan 2021 16:22:29 +0000Shocking Study Finds Electric Eels Hunt Together study challenges what researchers know about eels’ supposed loner behaviorThu, 14 Jan 2021 16:22:29 +0000Why Are Lightning 'Superbolts' More Common Over the Ocean? seems to be the reason why bolts are brighter over seas than over landThu, 14 Jan 2021 13:00:00 +000045,000-Year-Old Pig Painting in Indonesia May Be Oldest Known Animal Art Age cave painters flourished in Southeast Asia, where their work adorned rock wallsWed, 13 Jan 2021 19:00:00 +0000What Antarctic Meteorites Tell Us About Earth's Origins year, Smithsonian scientists collect hundreds of meteorites from Antarctica that reveal details about the origins of Earth and our solar systemTue, 12 Jan 2021 19:09:58 +0000Why PTSD May Plague Many Hospitalized Covid-19 Survivors warn about the likelihood of post-traumatic stress disorder for patients discharged from the intensive care unit Tue, 12 Jan 2021 16:00:07 +0000Invasive Brown Tree Snakes Stun Scientists With Amazing New Climbing Tactic successful predator, which has decimated bird populations on Guam, lassoes its body around poles in order to propel itself upwardsMon, 11 Jan 2021 16:00:00 +0000A Doomed Arctic Expedition, Number-Free Math and Other New Books to Read five January releases may have been lost in the news cycleMon, 11 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000A New Device Tracks Lobsters as They Move Through the Supply Chain hope the technology can be used to reduce the number of the crustaceans that die along the wayFri, 08 Jan 2021 15:44:28 +0000Ten Innovators to Watch in 2021 visionaries are imagining an exciting future with chicken-less eggs, self-piloting ships and moreThu, 07 Jan 2021 13:30:00 +0000Ten Celestial Events to Look Forward to in 2021, meteor showers and dazzling views of planets will excite amateur and professional astronomers alike in North America Thu, 07 Jan 2021 13:00:00 +0000The Way Americans Remember the Blackwell Sisters Shortchanges Their Legacy and Emily Blackwell deserve to have their incredible stories told in fullWed, 06 Jan 2021 15:03:15 +0000Have Any North American Species Become Invasive Elsewhere in the World?'ve got question. We've got expertsWed, 06 Jan 2021 15:00:00 +0000Meet One of the Curators Behind the Smithsonian's 640,000 Birds James' work on avian extinction helps in understanding how bird species today respond to threats like human encroachment and environmental changeTue, 05 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0000An Evening With Martin Sheen and 24 Other Smithsonian Programs Streaming in January off the New Year with Smithsonian Associates' virtual multi-part courses, studio arts classes and study tours Tue, 05 Jan 2021 14:45:31 +0000How Dung Beetles Roll Their Food in a Straight Line they craft their humble lives from piles of manure, the insects look to the skies for directionTue, 05 Jan 2021 14:30:00 +0000The Lost History of Yellowstone the myth that the great national park was a wilderness untouched by humansTue, 05 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000How Much Did Grandmothers Influence Human Evolution? debate the evolutionary benefits of menopauseMon, 04 Jan 2021 13:00:00 +0000What Japan's Wild Snow Monkeys Can Teach Us About Animal Culture have been studying the primates at some of the nation's hot springs, and what they have learned about evolution is astonishingMon, 04 Jan 2021 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Most Significant Science Stories of 2020 the rapid development of vaccines for Covid-19 to the stunning collection of an asteroid sample, these were the biggest science moments of the yearThu, 31 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000Eight Aww-Inspiring Videos of the Year's Best Animal and Conservation Stories a litter of chirping cheetahs and the birth of a lovable giant panda cub to groundbreaking coral reef research and new strides in animal careWed, 30 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000Six Free Natural History Programs Streaming in January these free programs and more this January through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.Wed, 30 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000You Can Eat Your Christmas Tree. Here's How to Do It your once-ornamented tree into something scrumptiousWed, 30 Dec 2020 13:30:00 +0000Our Ten Most Popular Stories of 2020 Anglo-Saxon artifacts to copper's antibacterial properties, systemic racism and murder hornets, these were the most-read stories of the yearWed, 30 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000Ten New Things We Learned About Human Origins in 2020’s archaeologist Ella Beaudoin and paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner reveal some of the year’s best findings in human origins studies Tue, 29 Dec 2020 16:43:36 +0000Twenty-Four Ways to Turn Outdoor Passions Into Citizen Science into the new year, consider collecting scientific data while skiing, hiking, surfing, biking and partaking in other adventuresTue, 29 Dec 2020 13:30:00 +0000Scientists Recreate 1890s Fishing Surveys to Show How the Sea Has Changed retracing the steps of scientists working at the turn of the last century, modern researchers document how fish communities have been alteredTue, 29 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000Five Things We Learned From Astronaut Victor Glover what it's really like to live and work in space! Astronaut Victor Glover shares his thoughts and little-known facts about being an astronautMon, 28 Dec 2020 20:08:29 +0000Meet the Team Racing to Break the World's Land-Speed Record in a Jet-Powered Carhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com fighter jet than car, the Bloodhound LSR will need to reach 800 miles per hour as it rides the highway to the danger zoneMon, 28 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000Ten Scientific Discoveries From 2020 That May Lead to New Inventions soaring snakes to surfing suckerfish, nature is an endless source of inspirationMon, 28 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000How the Actors of 'The Midnight Sky' Prepared to Play Astronautshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com David Oyelowo and Demián Bechir discuss their roles as astronauts investigating a potentially habitable Jovian moonWed, 23 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000The Biology of Mistletoe known as a holiday trimming, the parasitic plant is a botanical luminary in its own rightWed, 23 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000Best Children's Books About Space of 2020https://www.smithsonianmag.com year's best aviation- and space-themed books for young readersWed, 23 Dec 2020 11:00:00 +0000The Top Ten Dinosaur Discoveries of 2020 uncovered a great deal about the “terrible lizards” this yearTue, 22 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000Why Scientists Find Snowflakes Cool study snowflakes to learn more about how water in its solid phase behavesMon, 21 Dec 2020 18:31:01 +0000The United States Space Force Turns Onehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com newest branch of the U.S. armed services pitches its tent on a vast battlefieldMon, 21 Dec 2020 15:33:48 +0000Twenty-Five of Our Favorite Stories From 2020 editors highlight some articles you might have missed from the past yearMon, 21 Dec 2020 14:27:24 +0000The Museum That Fell From the Skyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com Ohio native preserves the story of the Navy’s first rigid airshipMon, 21 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000Ancient European Hunters Carved Human Bones Into Weapons suggest 10,000-year-old barbed points washed up on Dutch beaches were made for cultural reasonsMon, 21 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000How We Lifted Flight From Bird Evolution path to flight in modern birds was full of forks, twists and dead endsThu, 17 Dec 2020 16:22:43 +0000How the Belief in American Exceptionalism Has Shaped the Pandemic Response political scientist discusses how national identity influences how the country has dealt with the Covid-19 crisisThu, 17 Dec 2020 15:53:25 +0000The Weirdest Objects in the Universehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com a new encyclopedia, seekers for intelligent life ask astronomers to reexamine the skyThu, 17 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000The Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2020 the discovery of a giant coral reef pinnacle to a shocking estimate of plastics on the seafloor, these were the biggest marine moments of the yearThu, 17 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Human Challenge Trials more than two centuries, scientists have been intentionally infecting patients with dangerous diseases in order to learn moreWed, 16 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000How Ancient DNA Unearths Corn's A-Maize-ing History study shows how extracting whole genomes from ancient material opens the door for new research questions and breathes new life into old samplesTue, 15 Dec 2020 18:58:36 +0000How Denali National Park's Sled Dogs Prepare for Winter nearly a century, park rangers have relied on dogsledding to patrol the public land and collect data for scientistsTue, 15 Dec 2020 15:52:32 +0000These Conservation Stories Prove 2020 Was Not All Bad News the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism team, comes a surprising list of successful efforts making a differenceMon, 14 Dec 2020 15:44:18 +0000Will the Slender-Yoke Moss Be Saved? the crush of conservation priorities, scientists grapple with how to help an endangered species with no obvious valueMon, 14 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000What Life in NASA's Mars Simulator on Hawaii's Mauna Loa Volcano Is Likehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com hungry for an egg powder omelet? Mon, 14 Dec 2020 11:00:00 +0000These Non-Lethal Methods Encouraged by Science Can Keep Wolves From Killing Livestock say old, repurposed techniques and new technologies may be better than bullets at curbing attacks by the predators Fri, 11 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000Earth's Harshest Ecosystems May Birth New Species Fastest genetic study of nearly 1,300 different birds suggests places with fewer species spit out new ones more frequently than biodiversity hotspotsThu, 10 Dec 2020 19:00:00 +0000Ten Exquisite Creatures That Once Roamed the Earth Smithsonian Books, comes a magnificent tome to highlight evolution's greatest hitsThu, 10 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000How Researchers Are Protecting Great Apes From Covid-19 who study and care for the primates are taking precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and its unknown effectsTue, 08 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000Rare Iridescent Snake Discovered in Vietnam discovery could help scientists piece together new information about snake evolution. Mon, 07 Dec 2020 18:23:47 +0000The Best Books of 2020 our efforts to increase and diffuse knowledge, we highly recommend these 80 titles released this yearMon, 07 Dec 2020 16:27:22 +0000Smithsonian's Giant Pandas Will Continue to Cavort for Three More Years new agreement ensures that the Zoo’s beloved animals and the new cub can stay through 2023Mon, 07 Dec 2020 15:03:36 +0000Meet Tasi, a Little Bird with a Big Purpose 4-year-old Guam rail is a marvel, considering that just a few decades ago his species nearly disappearedFri, 04 Dec 2020 15:08:07 +0000The Horse Flu Epidemic That Brought 19th-Century America to a Stop equine influenza in 1872 laid bare how essential horses were to the economyFri, 04 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000How Dinosaurs Thrived in the Snow made in the past decades help show how many species coped with cold temperatures near both polesThu, 03 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Scholars Pick Their Favorite Books of 2020 wide-ranging list offers much-needed context for the issues at the forefront of the national conversationThu, 03 Dec 2020 12:30:00 +0000The Smithsonian’s Evolving Role as the Nation’s Knowledge Partner education has had a long, ever evolving history at the Smithsonian that can be found at the heart of its mission todayTue, 01 Dec 2020 16:23:39 +0000How Covid-19 Drove New Polio Cases in Afghanistan to the pandemic, a total of 50 million children did not receive the polio vaccine in Afghanistan and PakistanTue, 01 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Best Science Books of 2020 titles explore the mysterious lives of eels, the science of fear and our connections to the starsFri, 27 Nov 2020 13:30:00 +0000The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts in 2020 and reviewed by engineers, these top picks make coding, robotics and engineering more accessible than everFri, 27 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0000Why National Marine Sanctuaries Are Another of America's Best Ideas the waters of America's 14 aquatic sanctuaries in this new offering from Smithsonian BooksWed, 25 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0000The Ten Best Books About Food of 2020 cookbooks to grocery-store exposés, these new books will tempt palates and fuel curiosityWed, 25 Nov 2020 13:30:00 +0000View Amazing Photos and Video of a Turkey Dust Bathing New York photographer captured stunning footage of this captivating behavior in her backyard Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0000Our Thanksgiving Menu Has Lost a Few Crops the domestication of any crop that people once ate helps scientists reveal how modern crops have evolvedWed, 25 Nov 2020 11:00:00 +0000China Prepares to Launch Its Most Ambitious Moon Mission Yethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com’e-5 will be the first lunar sample return since the robotic Soviet Luna 24 mission in 1976Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:51:23 +0000What Is the Best Strategy to Deploy a Covid-19 Vaccine? are modeling different scenarios for a vaccine rollout to see what may work bestMon, 23 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0000Into Thicker Air and Onto Thinner Ice: How Climate Change Is Affecting Mount Everest have documented that the high-altitude air is gaining more oxygen and large glaciers are melting at rapid ratesFri, 20 Nov 2020 13:20:09 +0000Why Do the Planets All Orbit the Sun in the Same Plane?'ve got questions. We've got expertsThu, 19 Nov 2020 15:00:00 +0000A New Generation of Autonomous Vessels Is Looking to Catch Illegal Fishers design challenge has tech companies racing to build a robot that can police illegal fishing in marine protected areasThu, 19 Nov 2020 13:30:00 +0000Scientists Create a Buzz With the First Ever Global Map of Bee Species of the insects avoid the tropics and choose treeless environments in arid parts of the worldThu, 19 Nov 2020 13:00:45 +0000The Most Famous Dogs of Science iconic canines have helped scientists make key discoveries, from archeological finds to cures for diseaseWed, 18 Nov 2020 15:39:07 +0000First Evidence of Parasites in Dinosaur Bones Found team of paleontologists used CT scans and tissue samples to uncover blood pathogens in an infected titanosaur Wed, 18 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0000Why Seagrass Could Be the Ocean's Secret Weapon Against Climate Change vast, mostly invisible ecosystem crucial to our life on Earth is in trouble, but efforts to save the 'prairies of the sea' are finally coming into focusWed, 18 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0000