Science | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenThu, 22 Jul 2021 18:01:00 +0000Why Australia's Trash Bin–Raiding Cockatoos Are the 'Punks of the Bird World'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cockatoos-learn-open-garbage-bins-observing-their-peers-180978248/The birds can bust open garbage lids—and the behavior is catching on fast, which could be a sign of social learningThu, 22 Jul 2021 18:01:00 +0000Scientists Award the Pygmy Sorrel Moth a Big Titlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/07/22/whos-smallest-them-all-mini-moth-gets-big-title/This minute species now holds the coveted title of world's smallest moth Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:39:46 +0000When Claims of 'Discoveries' in the Amazon Ring Falsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-claims-discoveries-amazon-ring-false-180978250/When news broke worldwide of an incredible find in Colombia, local experts and guides say their knowledge was ignored and the region was misrepresentedThu, 22 Jul 2021 14:56:28 +0000Why Papua New Guinea's Highlanders Differ Physically From Those Living Near Sea Levelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/papua-new-guineas-highlanders-differ-physically-individuals-living-near-sea-level-180978222/New research shows villagers living at high altitude are shorter, have higher lung capacity and have smaller waistlinesWed, 21 Jul 2021 18:00:00 +0000Marvel at the World's Most Magnificent Mothshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/07/20/seven-bizarre-moths-celebrate-national-moth-week/With thousands of species of moths worldwide, each with unique characteristics, check out these unusual specimens in the Smithsonian collections Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:07:16 +0000These Moths Are So Gorgeous They 'Put Butterflies to Shame'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/celebrate-national-moth-week-observing-these-diverse-and-beautiful-insects-180978218/To celebrate National Moth Week, bask in the beautiful variety of these oft-overlooked insectsMon, 19 Jul 2021 14:18:53 +0000New Study Suggests Cannabis' Wild Ancestors Likely Came from Chinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-study-suggests-cannabis-wild-ancestors-likely-came-china-180978201/The analysis identifies East Asia as a potential source of genetic diversity for the growing market for medical and recreational marijuana Fri, 16 Jul 2021 18:00:00 +0000The Strangely Scientific Endeavor of Making Ice Creamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/07/15/strangely-scientific-endeavor-making-ice-cream/Ice cream's texture is the result of the same processes that govern concepts like forest recovery, rock formation and sub-zero survival in animals. Fri, 16 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +000010 Things You Didn't Know About Flamingoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2021/07/13/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-flamingos/There's more to these birds than their bright pink feathers; get to know these delightfully unusual creaturesThu, 15 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000New Study Shows Dogs Don't Return the Favor After Strangers Feed Themhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dogs-dont-return-favor-after-strangers-feed-them-180978170/A new lab experiment reveals pooches don’t pay humans back with a treat after the canines are fed Wed, 14 Jul 2021 18:00:00 +0000Giant New Predators Killing Imperiled Albatrosseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/giant-new-predators-killing-imperiled-albatrosses-180978137/Videos show southern giant petrels killing Gough Island’s beautiful endangered seabirdsTue, 13 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0000West African Scientists Are Leading the Science Behind a Malaria Vaccinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/west-african-scientists-are-leading-science-behind-malaria-vaccine-180978134/Researchers in Mali have been working for decades on the treatment that's now in the final phase of clinical trialsTue, 13 Jul 2021 13:28:01 +0000Other Mammals, Not Dinosaurs, Kept Our Ancestors Downhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/other-mammals-not-dinosaurs-kept-our-ancestors-down-180978040/The asteroid impact that ended the Cretaceous gave our mammalian ancestors, the therians, an edge over their mammalian competitorsTue, 13 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0000Meet the Reef Expert Collecting Environmental Time Capsuleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/07/07/meet-reef-expert-collecting-environmental-time-capsules/Collecting DNA in waters worldwide can help scientists figure out which places are the most important for conservationTue, 13 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000The Science of Predicting When Bluffs in Southern California Will Collapsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/science-predicting-when-bluffs-southern-california-will-collapse-180978150/Researchers are using lidar to better understand the erosional forces that cause oceanfront cliffs to crumbleMon, 12 Jul 2021 17:46:22 +0000Why These Myths Perpetuate Who Can Work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-education/2021/07/12/sparking-excitement-about-stem-through-exposure-career-pathways/Ask a child to draw a scientist, and research says they’ll often draw an older, usually white, man, with wild hair, wearing a lab coat and gogglesMon, 12 Jul 2021 14:47:08 +0000Can New Tools Help Beachgoers Predict the Likelihood That a Shark Is Nearby?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-new-tools-help-beachgoers-predict-likelihood-shark-nearby-180978129/Great whites have returned to Cape Cod, and efforts are underway to help people coexist with themThu, 08 Jul 2021 17:39:23 +0000Meet the White Tern, a Seabird Surprisingly Thriving in a Big Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-white-tern-seabird-surprisingly-thriving-big-city-180978102/The bird—also known as Manu-o-Kū—has excited ornithologists, its population growing within Honolulu, the busiest of Hawai'i's urban landscapesThu, 08 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000How Nigeria's Oluwaseyi Moejoh's Conservation Activism Is Spreading Across Africa and Beyondhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/conservation-commons/2021/07/02/meet-Oluwaseyi-Moejoh/The founder of U-recycle Initiative Africa, current law student, and all-around force for positive change is a powerful advocate for a sustainable planetThu, 08 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000Eight Fun Facts About Black Widows https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eight-fun-facts-about-black-widows-180978098/The venomous spiders are nimble, secretive and dangerousWed, 07 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000Help Scientists Solve the Riddle of What Is Killing Birds in the Mid-Atlantichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2021/06/29/mysterious-bird-deaths-mid-atlantic-region/Smithsonian bird researchers are calling on citizen scientists to help figure out the cause Tue, 06 Jul 2021 12:49:35 +0000After a Six-Year Sojourn in Space, Freeze-Dried Mice Sperm Produce Healthy Pupshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/after-six-year-sojourn-space-freeze-dried-mice-sperm-produce-healthy-pups-180978061/Scientists say the finding supports the idea that genetic material can be shipped to other worlds to help establish a diversity of lifeTue, 06 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000Five Free Natural History Programs Streaming in Julyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/06/29/five-free-natural-history-programs-streaming-july/From permafrost to the rainforest canopy to the protection of pollinators, the online events are perfect for beating the summer heatFri, 02 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000Facing Warming Waters, Fishermen Are Taking Up Ocean Farminghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/facing-warming-waters-fishermen-are-taking-up-ocean-farming-180978091/Called regenerative ocean farming, this model involves growing shellfish and kelp in underwater gardensWed, 30 Jun 2021 15:30:05 +0000New Species of Beetle Found in 230-Million-Year-Old Feceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-species-beetle-found-230-million-year-old-feces-180978090/The insect is older than any amber-encased specimen, and may inspire scientists to look for more insects in fossilized dungWed, 30 Jun 2021 15:00:00 +0000Floating Fire Ant Rafts Form Mesmerizing Amoeba-Like Shapes https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/floating-fire-ant-rafts-form-mesmerizing-amoeba-shapes-180978079/Researchers say the morphing colonies help ants feel for solid land in a flooded environment—and might inspire swarming robots one dayTue, 29 Jun 2021 23:01:00 +0000Women in Science Propose Changes to Discriminatory Measures of Scientific Successhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-tropical-research-institute/2021/06/24/women-science-propose-changes-discriminatory-measures-scientific-success/The scientists advocate shifting the current value system, which is biased against women and minorities, towards a more diverse and inclusive model Mon, 28 Jun 2021 14:35:16 +0000Can Scientists Map the Entire Seafloor by 2030?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-scientists-map-entire-seafloor-2030-180978004/Two non-profit organizations are betting that with the help of research institutions, private vessels and new technologies, they can do just thatMon, 28 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000A 146,000-Year-Old Fossil Dubbed 'Dragon Man' Might Be One of Our Closest Relativeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/146000-year-old-fossil-dubbed-dragon-man-might-be-one-our-closest-relatives-180978062/A mysterious Middle Pleistocene skull from a Chinese well has inspired debate among paleoanthropologistsFri, 25 Jun 2021 15:00:00 +0000Why Did James Smithson Leave His Fortune to the U.S. and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-james-smithson-leave-fortune-to-united-states-180977959/You've got questions. We've got expertsFri, 25 Jun 2021 14:00:00 +0000How Algae Communicatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/06/24/meet-marine-scientist-studying-how-algae-communicates/Smithsonian scientist Valerie Paul studies the ways marine biochemicals can potentially help restore coral reefs and create new biomedicineFri, 25 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000The Science Behind Grilling the Perfect Steakhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/science-behind-grilling-perfect-steak-180978054/Want to learn how cooking transforms beef’s flavor? Meat scientists have the answers.Thu, 24 Jun 2021 17:30:13 +0000What Did Stonehenge Sound Like?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/listening-stonehenge-180977956/Researchers have developed a new understanding of what it meant to be a member of the inner circleThu, 24 Jun 2021 16:22:58 +0000Dinosaurs Nested in the High Arctichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaurs-nested-high-arctic-180978050/Tiny fossils of polar dinosaurs suggest that the reptiles stayed year-roundThu, 24 Jun 2021 15:00:00 +0000Birds Collected Nearly Two Centuries Ago Still Help Scientists Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/birds-collected-nearly-two-centuries-ago-still-help-scientists-today-180977954/The specimens gathered during an illustrious expedition by naturalist John Kirk Townsend continue to provide value to researchersThu, 24 Jun 2021 14:17:00 +0000The Science Behind the Snacks Animals Eathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2021/06/23/science-behind-animal-snacks/Meals to please the palates of giant pandas, flamingos and fishing catsThu, 24 Jun 2021 14:02:09 +0000In a Remote Amazon Region, Study Shows Indigenous Peoples Have Practiced Forest Conservation for Millennia https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remote-amazon-region-study-shows-indigenous-peoples-have-practiced-forest-conservation-millennia-180978038/Smithsonian researcher Dolores Piperno says native people have always played an important role in sustainabilityWed, 23 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000Will the Oceans of 2030 Brim With Reef Robots and Other Fancy Stuff?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-environmental-research-center/2021/06/21/meet-the-ocean-of-2030/Imagine a world where an Indigenous fisher can get forecasts of local marine life from a smartphone, or robots offer real-time data on coral reef healthWed, 23 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000The Pandemic Showed What Can Be Done Without Parachute Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pandemic-showed-what-can-be-done-without-parachute-science-180978024/With international scientists barred from traveling, local scientists in the Pacific islands are taking the chance to lead.Tue, 22 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000The Forgotten French Scientist Who Courted Thomas Jefferson—and Got Pulled Into Scandalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/andre-michaux-scandal-thomas-jefferson-180977946/A decade before Lewis and Clark, André Michaux wanted to explore the American continent. Spying for France gave him that chanceTue, 22 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Propose 4,500-Year-Old Burial Mound Was World's First Military Memorial https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/archaeologists-propose-4500-year-old-burial-mound-was-worlds-first-military-memorial-180977981/Mesopotamians turned a community tomb on the Euphrates into a battle monumentMon, 21 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000New Research of Impact Crater Blows Away Previous Estimates of Its Agehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-research-impact-crater-blows-away-previous-estimates-its-age-180978023/Scientists say the Boltysh crater in Ukraine formed well after the impact in Mexico that caused the dinosaurs to go extinctFri, 18 Jun 2021 18:00:00 +0000This Implant Could One Day Control Your Sleep and Wake Cycleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-implant-could-one-day-control-your-sleep-wake-cycles-180977983/The so-called 'living pharmacy' will be able to manufacture pharmaceuticals from inside the bodyFri, 18 Jun 2021 12:30:00 +0000In Mexico, Dive Tourism Is Worth as Much as Fishinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mexico-dive-tourism-worth-much-fishing-180977999/Researchers estimate diving and snorkeling bring in up to $725 million annuallyWed, 16 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000Scientists Discover a New Plant Organhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-discover-new-plant-organ-180977995/The structure, called a cantil, holds up the flower-bearing arm of the thale cress, a long-studied speciesTue, 15 Jun 2021 14:25:21 +0000A Bird-Watcher's Field Books Became a Journal of Life's Passions and Travailshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-libraries-and-archives/2021/06/10/falling-field-books/Bird lover and citizen scientist James W. Eike documented birds near his home in northern Virginia along with the joys of his family lifeTue, 15 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000World's 'Smallest Dinosaur' Revealed to Be a Mystery Reptilehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-smallest-dinosaur-revealed-be-mystery-reptile-180977975/Paleontologists analyzed two skulls and made the call, but aren't sure about the exact type of animal they've discoveredMon, 14 Jun 2021 15:00:00 +0000Live Jellyfish Make a Splash in Marine Education https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/06/08/live-jellyfish-make-splash-marine-education/Smithsonian's AquaRoom helps scientists learn more about these animals’ lives and educate future generations about their marine neighborsMon, 14 Jun 2021 14:21:57 +0000A (Small) Preemptive Strike Against the Doomsday Asteroidhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/doomsday-mission-180977800/With the DART mission, scientists try to prepare for Earth’s worst catastropheMon, 14 Jun 2021 10:30:00 +0000The Sad Truths Behind These Unsettling Works of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/unsettling-experience-viewing-natural-disasters-works-art-180977949/A new exhibition reflects on the haunting aesthetics of human impact on the planetMon, 14 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000What Data Scientists Learned by Modeling the Spread of Covid-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-data-scientists-learned-modeling-spread-covid-19-180977964/Models of the disease have become more complex, but are still only as good as the assumptions at their core and the data that feed themFri, 11 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000When the Bison Return, Will Their Habitat Rebound?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-bison-return-will-their-habitat-rebound-180977898/An effort to bring wild bison to the Great Plains aims to restore one of the world’s most endangered ecosystemsTue, 08 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000To Combat Climate Change, Researchers Want to Pull Carbon Dioxide From the Ocean and Turn It Into Rockhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/combat-climate-change-researchers-want-to-pull-carbon-dioxide-from-ocean-and-turn-it-into-rock-180977903/Running seawater through an ocean carbon capture plant could chemically convert carbon dioxide to limestone on a grand scaleTue, 08 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000How This 'Star Trek' Fan Became an Oscar-Winning Visual Effects Artist for Sci-Fi Televisionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/doug-drexler-tk-180977828/Doug Drexler discusses his work on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Battlestar Galactica," and "The Orville"Mon, 07 Jun 2021 16:34:39 +0000Dinosaurs Evolved Flight at Least Three Timeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaurs-evolved-flight-least-three-times-180977883/A new study finds that many feathered dinosaurs were more aerodynamic than previously thoughtMon, 07 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000Puppies Are Born Ready to Communicate With Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/puppies-are-born-ready-communicate-humans-180977881/A new study finds very young dogs with little human contact can understand pointing gestures—and that the ability has a strong genetic basisThu, 03 Jun 2021 15:00:00 +0000Why Fish Are the Catch of the Day for Climate Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/05/27/why-fish-are-catch-day-climate-research/Fishery management systems can teach scientists how fish can be raised sustainably in wild fisheries Thu, 03 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000Reptile Traffickers Often Target Newly Described Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/reptile-traffickers-often-target-newly-described-species-180977868/Traders trawl recently published scientific papers to get the names and locations of animals to sell to collectorsWed, 02 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000Navigate Hidden Treasures With These Smithsonian 3-D Gameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-education/2021/06/01/when-physical-world-meets-digital-world-new-realities-emerge/AR/VR technologies give audiences new ways to experience museums that complement a traditional visit, engaging visitors and fueling learning opportunitiesWed, 02 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000Meet Cassowary Brothers Irwin and Dundee, Descendants of Dinosaurshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2021/06/01/meet-cassowary-brothers-irwin-and-dundee-descendants-dinosaurs/This giant bird is considered to be the dinosaurs’ closest living relativeTue, 01 Jun 2021 19:45:49 +0000A Journey to the Northernmost Tree in Alaskahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/journey-northernmost-tree-alaska-180977862/Explorer Roman Dial leads a team of young scientists on a mission to document a rapidly changing landscapeTue, 01 Jun 2021 16:43:16 +0000This Compact PCR Test for Covid-19 Could Give Accurate Results in 15 Minuteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-compact-pcr-test-for-covid-19-could-give-accurate-results-in-15-minutes-180977856/The speed and ease of the DASH testing platform would be a boon for screening effortsTue, 01 Jun 2021 14:40:04 +0000Innovation for Goodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/innovation-good-180977795/A look at the researchers, inventors and community leaders who are bringing creativity and ingenuity to today's biggest challengesTue, 01 Jun 2021 13:28:51 +0000The Softer Side of Sabercatshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/softer-side-sabercats-180977833/The iconic fanged predators may have raised their young for years—dragging baby mastodon bones home for them and slowly teaching them how to huntTue, 01 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000Gummy Candy-Like Models Can Help Students With Blindness Study Chemistry https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gummy-candies-help-students-blindness-study-chemistry-180977853/Tiny shapes made from gelatin and resin may empower children to learn science Fri, 28 May 2021 18:00:00 +0000The Positive and Negative Impacts of Covid on Naturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/positive-and-negative-impacts-covid-nature-180977840/The absence of humans in some places led animals to increase, while the cancellation of conservation work in other places harmed species Thu, 27 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Will Reopen in Junehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-national-museum-natural-history-will-reopen-june-180977836/Discover tips for visiting the T-Rex, the Hope Diamond and more, when 10 Smithsonian museums reopen this summerWed, 26 May 2021 16:46:50 +0000Thinking of Eating Cicadas? Here Are Six Other Tasty Insects to Try, Toohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/05/26/thinking-eating-cicadas-here-are-six-other-tasty-insects-try-too/The practice of eating insects, known as entomophagy, is widespread around the worldWed, 26 May 2021 14:20:55 +0000What Archaeology Tells Us About the Ancient History of Eating Kosherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-archaeology-tells-us-about-ancient-history-eating-kosher-180977804/A new study of fish remains deepens scholars' understanding of how the dietary laws came to beTue, 25 May 2021 12:34:01 +0000