Archives: Smithsonian Magazine

Studying the layers of Earth’s crust, scientists have created a “Geological Orrery” to measure planetary motions dating back hundreds of millions of years

A hormone called androsterone, produced in the placenta and other organs, plays a role in fetal development in the womb

French writers such as Voltaire and Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle helped shape the Enlightenment with stories of science

Years of expeditions in the world’s tallest mountain range reveal that Himalayan wolves have developed genetic adaptations to living at high altitudes

Johannes Hevelius drew some of the first maps of the moon, praised for their detail, from his homemade rooftop observatory in the Kingdom of Poland

Ellen Swallow Richards applied chemistry to the home to advocate for consumer safety and women’s education

We are the naked apes of the world, having shed most of our body hair long ago

Editing human DNA, either in embryos or in cells that are reintroduced to the body, had come a long way before Lulu and Nana were born

A new generation of optical clocks are becoming ever more reliable as physicists work to redefine time

A heart-pounding scene of the hit film “Jurassic Park” depicts a fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex chasing scientists in a Jeep and nearly catching them. But in reality, the infamous T. rex would have broken its legs trying to move anywhere near that fast, new research suggests.