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.
Roses, carnations and lilies are today among the most popular flowers people use to express sympathy and condolence.
The giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Aug. 23 received her first veterinary exam late yesterday afternoon and was given a clean bill of health.
Grow fast, die young is not a lifestyle normally associated with trees. But in the forests of the Northeastern United States the red maple follows such a life strategy.
Tropical forests speed their own recovery, capturing nitrogen and carbon faster after being logged or cleared for agriculture.
Microbes that live in rice paddies, northern peat bogs and other previously unexpected environments are among the bacteria that can generate highly toxic methylmercury, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center have learned.
A hellbender captured and released during a survey of these animals conducted in June 2011 in southwest Virginia by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
Astronomers are constantly on the hunt for ever-colder star-like bodies, and two years ago a new class of objects was discovered by researchers using NASA’s WISE space telescope.
A joint Harvard-Smithsonian study released today in the journal PLOS ONE reveals how much — and how little — Northeastern forests have changed after centuries of intensive land use.
A joint Harvard-Smithsonian study released today in the journal�PLOS ONE�reveals how much ? and how little ? Northeastern forests have changed after centuries of intensive land use.
Bocas Research Station’s research assistant Arcadio Castillo ran into these curious looking fish babies while working close to the dock.
This specimen was found during the Marine Larvae course at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Bocas del Toro Research Station.
The center of the Milky Way galaxy, with the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* located in the middle, is revealed in this image.
Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics have confirmed that the giant panda cub born at the National Zoo on Aug.
Intense fire burns near Crane Flat helibase, close to the Yosemite research plot. (Photo: Gus Smith/NPS) As the Rim Fire burns deeper into Yosemite, park managers are fighting fire with fire—and one of the Smithsonian’s ForestGEO plots was caught in the middle this weekend.