Archives: Smithsonian Magazine

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.

A vast microscopic world writhes around you. Now a coloring book lets you bring wee beasts and beauties to life

Astronomers call LHS 1140b one of the “best targets” for hunting liquid water with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

A new study suggests that fruit, not social relationships, could be the main driver of larger brains