Archivo: Smithsonian Magazine

Sailors navigating with sextant, compass and maps found in the Marshall Islands that curved sticks and cowry shells were far more sophisticated.

Borneo’s mammals are threatened by a one-two punch of logging and climate change, but only a small amount of additional land needs to be protected to safeguard many of the species at risk, scientists report in Current Biology.

The first test of micro-machines on a living mouse marks a breakthrough in the field of nano-robotics

A newly proven method can pinpoint the age of stars with at least 90% accuracy

The rhinovirus that most commonly causes colds likes chillier temperatures, where the host’s immune system doesn’t fare so well

The adorable cephalopods seem to rate mating higher on their list of priorities than survival

The latest categorization of solid precipitation types inspired a cool graphic

Physicists engage in a strange debate about whether time really passes

Long periods without sunshine can play a role in a surprising variety of physical and mental disorders

A photographer teamed up with scientists to figure out the fluid dynamics behind patterns left in whisky glasses