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Meet a Kiwi at Smithsonian National Zoo

You too can meet a kiwi! Micaela Jemison from Smithsonian Science takes us to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo where she gets up close and personal with a kiwi.

Study: Bleaching events impair long-term coral reproduction


Bleached coral off the coast of Panama. A new study by Florida State University and Smithsonian Institution biologists shows that bleaching events brought on by rising sea temperatures are having a detrimental long-term impact on coral.

Raising red pandas by hand at the National Zoo

When two red panda babies are born in critical condition at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, caretakers make the crucial decision to raise them by hand.

New species of poppy pollinating fly discovered in China


“Sericomyia khamensis,” a newly discovered flower fly from China Scientists studying pollinators of the yellow poppy (Meconopsis integrifolia) in the highlands of southern China have discovered a striking new species of flower fly that mimics the bumble bee.

Comet probe set to answer ancient question of life on earth


Philae’s touchdown on the comet – artist’s depiction .(Image: DLR German Aerospace Center) A few images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko just sent back by the European spaceship Rosetta appear to be a snowboarder’s dream: pristine slopes covered in power.

Panama shatters raptor migration record


A juvenile Swainson’s hawk flies by Panama City’s Ancon Hill on Sun, Nov. 2 during a record-setting raptor migration.

Interstellar exploration – five planets where humans may (or may not) be able to live someday


This galactic fireworks display is taking place in NGC 4258 (also known as M106), a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way.

Climate change expected to expand majority of ocean dead zones


Map of known dead zones (white dots) and predicted changes in annual air temperature for 2080-2099 versus 1980-1999.

Crazy eyes and mind control – the power of parasites


Snail infected by Leucochloridium parasite. (Still from video by: Gilles San Martin via Wikimedia) Have you ever had a pet that seemed just a little bit crazy or odd?

Why are male peacock feathers more colorful

Ever wonder why only male peacocks have such extravagant plumage? We ask caretaker Gwendolyn Cooper at Smithsonian’s National Zoo to explain.

The world’s scariest rabbit lurks within the Smithsonian’s collection


Eastern Cottontail Rabbit, Sylvilagus floridanus. (Photo: Micaela Jemison) Among the bats, rats and other ferocious animals that lie within the storage drawers of the mammal collection in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., an unusual freak of nature can be found.

Rare American warbler surprises scientists by adapting, thriving in a new ecosystem


Swainson’s warbler (Gary Graves photo) When Gary Graves cranks up his boom box and drives remote back roads through pine plantations in Texas, Louisiana and other southern states, a few locals often emerge just looking for a fight.

Shade-grown coffee plantations are mammal friendly as well, study shows


Mammal survey field assistant Megan Banner holds a dusky rice rat, “Melanomys caliginosus,” that was caught in a live trap in Costa Rica.

Shade-grown coffee plantations are mammal friendly as well, study shows


Mammal survey field assistant Megan Banner holds a dusky rice rat, “Melanomys caliginosus,” that was caught in a live trap in Costa Rica.

Bird-friendly coffee plantations are mammal friendly as well, study shows


Mammal survey field assistant Megan Banner holds a dusky rice rat, “Melanomys caliginosus,” that was caught in a live trap in Costa Rica.

From spines to tequila and heavy-metal music — admit it, bats are cool


Southern Free-tailed Bat, Mormopterus species 3 (Photo: Michael Pennay) Like most icons of cool, bats are highly complex and the often-misunderstood rock stars of the animal kingdom.

From spines to tequila and heavy-metal music — admit it, bats are cool


By Micaela Jemison Southern Free-tailed Bat, Mormopterus species 3 (Photo: Michael Pennay) Like most icons of cool, bats are highly complex and the often-misunderstood rock stars of the animal kingdom.

From spines to tequila and heavy-metal music — admit it, bats are cool.


By Micaela Jemison Southern Free-tailed Bat, Mormopterus species 3 (Photo: Michael Pennay) Like most icons of cool, bats are highly complex and the often-misunderstood rock stars of the animal kingdom.

Polar-orbiting satellite captures amazing X-ray footage of solar eclipse


The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best vantage point was several hundred kilometers above the North Pole.

Polar-orbiting satellite captures amazing X-ray footage of solar eclipse


By Micaela Jemison The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best vantage point was several hundred kilometers above the North Pole.


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