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    Although useful to Tarzan, vines endanger tropical forests’ capacity to store carbon. In a major experimental study in Panama, Smithsonian researchers showed that woody vines, […]

    The post Climbing plants disturb carbon storage in tropical forests appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton will accept a Nano Bible from Peretz Lavie, president of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum […]

    The post Nano Bible donated to Smithsonian appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    Throughout 2015 the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Md., has marked its 50th year of operation. Now there’s another reason for SERC to […]

    The post Smithsonian lab receives GreenGov Presidential Award appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    Prehistoric human populations of hunter-gatherers in a region of North America grew at the same rate as farming societies in Europe, according to a new […]

    The post Research shows same growth rate for farming, non-farming societies appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    Many animals change sex at some point in their lives, often after reaching a certain size. Snails called slipper limpets begin life as males, and […]

    The post The Power of Touch: Sex-changing snails switch sooner when together appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    How more than 1,000 tree species may occur in a small area of forest in Amazonia or Borneo is an unsolved mystery. Their ability to […]

    The post Trees employ similar strategies to outcompete their neighbors appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    The bush dog is one of the most enigmatic of the world’s canid species, seldom seen throughout its range in Central and South America. New […]

    The post Elusive bush dog widespread in Panama appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    Cobia, a promising fish for aquaculture, lives throughout the world’s oceans except in the Central and Eastern Pacific. In August 2015, a large number of […]

    The post invasive cobia spreads in Panama appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    In the first volume of the Secret Smithsonian Adventures graphic-novel series from Smithsonian Books, The Wrong Wrights, four middle-school kids visit the Smithsonian’s National Air […]

    The post ‘The Wrong Wrights’: A Graphic Novel from Smithsonian Books appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    Hundreds of thousands of asteroids are known to orbit our Sun at distances ranging from near the Earth to beyond Saturn. The most widely known […]

    The post Asteroids: Breaking up is Hard to Do appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    Reptiles have a rough exterior that make them seem like they don’t need a lot of very specific care. The reality is quite the opposite. […]

    The post Reptile rejuvenation at National Zoo appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    The majority of stars in our galaxy come in pairs. In particular, the most massive stars usually have a companion. These fraternal twins tend to […]

    The post Mismatched Twin Stars Spotted in the Delivery Room appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    Caitlin Burrell, research scientist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, returned from China last night April 20, with frozen giant panda semen that had been […]

    The post Panda Semen from China arrives at Zoo appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    How soon after the Big Bang could water have existed? Not right away, because water molecules contain oxygen and oxygen had to be formed in […]

    The post Water may Have Been Abundant in First Billion Years after big bang appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    For the first time, a team from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s (SCBI) Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability collected photo evidence of an Andean […]

    The post Scientists Find Andean Bears with Camera Traps In Peru appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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      In the store-rooms of the National Museum of American History curators recently discovered a small microscope made around 1750 by John Cuff (1708-1772), a […]

    The post The oldest microscope in the museum appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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  • 05/28/15--09:39: Geologic Mapping of Mars
  • Geologic mapping is an integral part of exploration and understanding a planetary landscape, because it shows the relationships between geologic units and helps delineate the […]

    The post Geologic Mapping of Mars appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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  • 06/24/15--09:22: Oasis in the city
  • Pollinators like butterflies, bees, beetles, flies, and moths help to pollinate almost 80 percent of the world’s flowering plants, one benefit of which is providing […]

    The post Oasis in the city appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History announced today that scientists with the museum’s Global Genome Initiative will attempt to capture the genomic diversity of half the […]

    The post Smithsonian and Partners To Preserve Earth’s Genomic Plant Diversity appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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  • 07/15/15--11:41: A Precocious Black Hole
  • Researchers have discovered a black hole that grew much more quickly than its host galaxy. The discovery calls into question previous assumptions on the development […]

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