Great for birds and for people, The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center developed the world’s first and only 100% organic and shade-grown coffee certification.
Dead zones affect dozens of coral reefs around the world and threaten hundreds more according to a new study by Smithsonian scientists published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Did you know? The Smithsonian works in India teaching Tibetan monks and nuns about Western science and science education.
Learn about our success in protecting bird populations worldwide
Fun games and apps for learning about science.
Fetching close to $1,500 per pound, ivory ranks fourth in black-market traded items just behind illegal drugs, weapons, and humans.
How the Hopewell came by enough near-pure iron to produce a handful of exotic beads, small tools, and other decorations.
Be a biologist in your own backyard! Neighborhood Nestwatch participants help answer questions related to the survival of bird populations.
Odile Madden knows a lot about plastic. Q&A with Smithsonian plastics scientist.
In the face of mass extinctions, the Smithsonian’s Global Genome Initiative quietly saves the world’s DNA.
Discover the challenges life faces on the coasts—and what scientists and anyone can do to save them.
Scientists traced the evolution of whale size through more than 30 million years of history for a surprising find.
Explore the digital three-dimensional model of the fossil.
Engineers shouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel—or wings, or sonar systems—when mother nature has already done much of the heavy design work.
Using Smithsonian herbarium samples dating as far back as 1842, in combination with more recent field work, led to the discovery.
As the Zika virus is rapidly taking hold around the world, health officials are racing to find its cause and prevent further spread of the disease.
This 17th century natural science illustrator brought artistic observation to scientific practice.