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Where did your favorite Thanksgiving Day food originate? Anthropology has the answer.


Photo by Satya Murthy Millions of people across the United States will sit down Nov. 27 to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, potatoes, squash, corn and cranberries.

Urban cardinals and catbirds live longer study shows


American robin (Flickr photo by Jen Goellnitz)   Researchers at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center have found four bird species living in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region that survive longer than those living in rural settings.

Vultures remarkably tolerant to deadly bacteria, study reveals


Black vultures (Flickr photo by e_monk) A new study of microorganisms living on the skin and in the intestines of North America vultures (black and turkey vultures) has turned up a remarkable find:  The large intestines of these birds are dominated by two groups of flesh-digesting bacteria toxic enough to kill a human and most other birds and animals.

Vultures remarkably tolerant to deadly bacteria, study reveals


Black vultures (Flickr photo by e_monk) A new study of microorganisms living on the skin and in the intestines of North America vultures (black and turkey vultures) has turned up a remarkable find.

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.

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.

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.

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 powder.

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.

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?

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.


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