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Eat live termites for breakfast? Your ancestors might have!


Termites and ants are not something you’re likely to pour into a cereal bowl for breakfast or munch with toast and tea, but your ancient ancestors almost certainly enjoyed eating them—alive!

Smithsonian Welcomes “Nation’s T. rex” to Washington, D.C.


On April 15 the National Museum of Natural History took delivery of a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.

The Dawn Flight Team – 2014 NASM Trophy Winner

The National Air and Space Museum’s 2014 Trophy Award Winner for Current Achievement goes to the Dawn Flight Team.

Fermi data offer clues to dark matter


A new study of gamma-ray light from the center of our galaxy makes the strongest case to date that some of this emission may arise from dark matter, an unknown substance making up most of the material universe.

Diverse forests are stronger against deer


In deer-infested forests, tastier plants can avoid being eaten if they are surrounded by less appealing plants.

Penis spines help scientists identify bat species


Sometimes you need to look in unusual places to tell species apart. Some mammal species are easily distinguished by differences in their fur or skeletons, while other more cryptic groups require further scrutiny in their more delicate areas.

Matthew Larsen to lead STRI


Matthew C. Larsen, associate director for climate and land-use change at the U.S. Geological Survey, has been appointed the Director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, effective Aug.

The secret formula to feeding 900 babies: Scientists uncover milk composition of naked mole-rat queens


Parents normally feel the need to provide well for their kids. For humans, that number of offspring is usually in the single digits, but a naked mole-rat queen can have as many as 900 pups in a lifetime spanning up to 30 years.

The longest-running conversation in tropical biology

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute The post The longest-running conversation in tropical biology appeared first on Smithsonian Science.

Cold, dark and lonely: Deep-water corals thrive where the sun never shines


Mention coral reefs and images like snorkeling, tropical fish and sunny island getaways pop to mind. Vacation packages are not being offered, however, for many of the destinations Smithsonian taxonomist Stephen Cairns visits to gather the cold-water corals that are his specialty.

One Scary Chicken—New species of large, feathered dinosaur discovered


Finding a fossil is the first step, recognizing it for what it truly is, is the real challenge. While closely studying three fossil skeletons from museum collections a team of scientists from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the University of Utah, reached that “aha!

Scientists map pathway from narwhals’ sensitive tusk to brain


Break a tooth and expose a nerve and the result can be a searing sensitivity to hot and cold. The hard outer layer of a human tooth protects the sensitive nerves inside.

Astronomers observe first direct evidence of Cosmic Inflation


Almost 14 billion years ago, the universe we inhabit burst into existence in an extraordinary event that initiated the Big Bang.

Unlocking secrets–technology allows scientists to peer inside great apes


The largest fully preserved great ape collection in the world is about to make its online debut. Scientists from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History have been working during the last few weeks to CT scan all 38 specimens in the museum’s “wet” great ape collection, including chimpanzees, orangutans and even a full-grown mountain gorilla.

David Skorton to lead Smithsonian


The Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents announced today it elected Dr. David J. Skorton, president of Cornell University and a board-certified cardiologist, as the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian, effective July 2015.

Partners in the Sky

Partners in the Sky: Aviation and Aerospace Industry Leaders Join The Smithsonian In Worldwide Conservation Efforts Partnership Will Revolutionize Animal Tracking

Ant Communication: Do Ants Use Smell to Talk?

Ted Schultz, research entomologist at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, describes how ants use their incredible sense of smell along with their ability to produce pheromones to communicate with one another.

New dragon-like mite found in Ohio is gentle, reclusive


A new species of mite discovered recently in Ohio is so tiny that it lives in the space between particles in sandy, impoverished soils.

Learn to use the Smithsonian Wild website of amazing animal photos!

Learn how to use the Smithsonian Wild website to find amazing camera trap photos of mammals from around the world

Webcast w/ bird detective, Carla Dove

Carla Dove is an Ornithologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. In this Feb. 12 Webcast join her in analyzing the remains of birds from airplane strikes and other events.


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