Santa Claus and his sleigh full of gifts has been upstaged early this holiday season by news of autonomous drones possibly delivering packages to your patio in the future.
Unlocking the mysteries of animal migration through precise, near real-time tracking can solve major conservation challenges and transform wildlife science worldwide.
The scale of the universe can be difficult to comprehend. Pretend you are going to make a scale model with a basketball representing the Earth and a tennis ball as the Moon.
Left to themselves, coastal wetlands can adapt to sea-level rise. But humans could be sabotaging some of their best defenses, according to a review paper from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science published Thursday, Dec.
Joseph Henry was one of America’s preeminent 19th-century scientists, a pioneer in the investigation of electromagnetism and other fields of study, and the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
Scientists from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History have just named and described the Spectacular Guyane False-form beetle, or Guyanemorpha spectabilis, from Guyane (French Guiana).
Found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas and oceans, Dolabrifera dolabrifera is a species of sea hare, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Aplysiidae.
Hopes are high for Comet ISON, which has the potential to become the most spectacular comet seen in years.
The giant panda cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo has started taking her first unsteady steps.
Click photo to take a tour of the 1903 Wright Flyer with Smithsonian X 3D Explorer.
“He is a gay Lothario and will covet and steal his neighbor’s wives and daughters; and if his neighbors protest he will fight to the finish.
An ancient new player has entered the debate over global warming and it is pink. Labrador fishermen call them “red rocks” because underwater they resemble odd-shaped pastry topped with thick pink frosting.
The surface of Venus is hidden beneath a perpetual blanket of clouds, but radar allows scientists at the National Air and Space Museum to examine the rocky surface of the planet.
It is one of the most sensitive noses in the animal kingdom but what its owner seeks is no pungent bed of roses, in fact quite the opposite.
A joint research initiative carried out by scientists from the Smithsonian Institution, Saint Louis University and the Universidad de Los Andes in Venezuela, has resulted in the discovery of an exciting new species from the daisy family.
The gates at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo re-opened to the public Friday, October 18! The live animal cams that were turned off during the government shutdown, including the panda cams, have been returned to service.
Sometime during the Middle Eocene a prehistoric mosquito slurped down a final blood meal then died and sank to the bottom of a pond in what is now northwestern Montana.
Hidden in the thick foliage of tropical forests a subfamily of colorful beetles–the Chrysomelidae–may be hiding the secrets to the earliest stages of social behavior.
Smithsonian biologist Cindy Gilmour describes where mercury pollution comes from, how it morphs into the neurotoxin methylmercury, and if we’re finally starting to solve the problem.
Shallow-water seagrasses can’t survive without enough light. And fish, shrimp, crabs and other creatures we rely on for food can’t survive without seagrasses.