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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


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


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.

What is that?! Five Amazing Microscopic Images


By Micaela Jemison From bizarre bugs to penis spines on bats, our world is infinitely expanded when we look down the microscope!

Five Microscopic Images That Will Blow Your Mind


By Micaela Jemison From bizarre bugs to penis spines on bats, our world is infinitely expanded when we look down the microscope!

The great night heron mystery at the National Zoo

Each year, a mysterious group of night herons flock to Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Then, they vanish.

Tiny ‘nanoflares’ might heat the Sun’s corona


This image from the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) shows emission from hot plasma in the Sun’s transition region-the atmospheric layer between the surface and the outer corona.

Tiny “nanoflares’ might heat the Sun’s corona


This image from the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) shows emission from hot plasma in the Sun’s transition region-the atmospheric layer between the surface and the outer corona.

Nautilus shell deformity puzzles scientists


By John Barrat The shell of this nautilus at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo clearly shows the deformity–area characterized by black bands–that started after it began living in an aquarium.

Nautilus shell deformity puzzles scientists


The shell of this nautilus at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo clearly shows the deformity–area characterized by black bands–that started after it began living in an aquarium.

Five amazing fossil finds that will make you want to be a fossil hunter


By Micaela Jemison Smithsonian intern Catalina Suarez Gomez excavating a fossil in the Cerrejón coal mine in Colombia.

Five amazing fossil finds that will make you want to be a fossil hunter


Smithsonian intern Catalina Suarez Gomez excavating a fossil in the Cerrejón coal mine in Colombia. By Micaela Jemison What do you want to be when you grow up?

New Book: A History of Life in 100 Fossils


Left-handed snails, giant wombats, spiny trilobites, zombie ants, glyptodonts…these are a few of the fascinating animals and plants whose fossils spring to life across the pages of A History of Life in 100 Fossils, a new offering from Smithsonian Books.

New Book: A History of Life in 100 Fossils


Left-handed snails, giant wombats, spiny trilobites, zombie ants, glyptodonts…these are a few of the fascinating animals and plants whose fossils spring to life upon the pages of A History of Life in 100 Fossils, a new offering from Smithsonian Books.

Live Symposium: The Anthropocene


The world is changing at a rapid pace. Scientists have documented significant changes during the past century in climate, land-use and biodiversity that are unprecedented over the past thousand years.

Rockin’ out: Bats learn to love heavy metal music


By Micaela Jemison A fringe-lipped bat, “Trachops cirrhosus” (Photo: Lars Heiden/ STRI) How do you train a wild animal to come back to you after you have set it free?

Rockin’ out: Bats learn to love heavy metal music


By Micaela Jemison A fringe-lipped bat, Trachops cirrhosis (Photo: Sean Mattson/ STRI) How do you train a wild animal to come back to you after you have set it free?

Smithsonian Symposium: The Anthropocene


(Photo: Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard) Archived feed of this symposium » The world is changing at a rapid pace.

Squat lobsters: colorful kings of the ocean floor


BY JOHN BARRAT The colorful Indo Pacific squat lobster “Allogalathea elegans.” (Photo by T. Y. Chan and C.


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