Along the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada sit 530-acres of pristine forest, filled with red and white fir trees, ponderosa pines and—the stars of the landscape—hundreds of towering giant sequoia trees. Alder Creek, as the area is known, is the largest giant sequoia property that still remains in private hands. But as Isaac
Porgy and Bess, which made its New York debut in 1935, is known as the “first great American opera.” But Porgy and Bess has also long been called out for cultural appropriation and stereotyping. Now, as Playbill reports, the controversial show will be performed at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera for the first time
An increase in the generation of wind energy is a key component of the U.S. strategy to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector. Approximately 97 gigawatts of wind energy production capacity are currently installed in the U.S., and in 2018, wind energy supplied about 6.5% of the nation’s electricity. Scenarios developed by various groups,
Brothels operated in Deadwood, South Dakota, for more than 100 years, opening shortly after the city’s founding in 1876 and remaining in business until 1980. Now, Jonathan Ellis reports for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, a local nonprofit is telling that history through a museum opening at the site of a former bordello called the
In ancient Egypt, mummified animals were prized as votive offerings, intermediaries between mortals and the gods, and incarnations of different deities. To ensure a steady supply of creatures for embalming, mummy makers relied on an array of collecting strategies: among others, recovering the carcasses of wild animals or domesticated pets, breeding animals for the sole
Rice University researchers have developed a ruthenium-based complex able to track the formation of soluble amyloid beta peptide aggregates implicated in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University More Rice University researchers have found a way to track the formation of soluble amyloid beta peptide aggregates implicated in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
In this May 23, 2019, file photo, a Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket, with a payload of 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. It’s a 21st century space race: Amazon, SpaceX and others competing to get into
The investigation concludes that the international airport security system, METT – the Micro-Expressions Training Tool, fails to improve lie detection rates beyond levels that can be achieved by simple guesswork. Credit: The University of Huddersfield More Developed by an influential U.S. psychologist, the Micro-Expressions Training Tool, or METT, inspired the hit TV show Lie to
What is the root of our cultural fascination with women—often wives or girlfriends—who accompany men as they commit a violent or notorious crime? In recent years, the husband-and-wife San Bernardino terrorists, along with the wives of the Boston Marathon bomber and the Orlando nightclub shooter, have drawn round-the-clock coverage of the question: Why did
Representation of theof Diels-Alderase complex structure with premalbrancheamide, one of the natural products produced by the fungi shown. Credit: Life Sciences Institute multimedia designer Rajani Arora. More Research led by the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute has solved a nearly 50-year-old mystery of how nature produces a large class of bioactive chemical compounds.
Computer simulated evolution of a C60 molecule at 0, 60 and 240 femto seconds after the X-ray flash. Credit: DESY, Zoltan Jurek More An international research team has observed in real time how football molecules made of carbon atoms burst in the beam of an X-ray laser. The study shows the temporal course of the
The Dictator game used in the study. Credit: Julie Gatenby, University of York More A child’s desire to share becomes influenced by social norms around the age of eight, new research has revealed. The extensive study—conducted on eight diverse societies across the world—examined children and adults’ behaviour when asked to respond to a set
Left: Large coccoliths – disks made of calcium carbonate that armor single-celled algae called coccolithophores – from the Middle Miocene about 16 million to 11.6 million years ago. Right: Small coccoliths from the Pleistocene about 2.6 million to 11,700 years ago. Credit: Weimin Si More A key theory that attributes the climate evolution of the
Set in 2019, cult 80s movie Blade Runner envisaged a neon-stained landscape of bionic “replicants” genetically engineered to look just like humans. So far that has failed to materialise, but at a secretive research institute in western Japan, wild-haired roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro is fine-tuning technology that could blur the line between man and machine. Highly intelligent,
SMITHSONIAN.COM | Sept. 23, 2019, 10:16 a.m. In January 1915, less than a year into the First World War, Charles Myers, a doctor with the Royal Army Medical Corps, documented the history of a soldier known as Case 3. Case 3 was a 23-year-old private who had survived a shell explosion and woken up, memory
A drawing of a superluminal jet. Credit: DESY, Science Communication Lab More Astrophysicists Jon Hakkila of the College of Charleston and Robert Nemiroff of the Michigan Technological University have published research indicating that blasts that create gamma-ray bursts may actually exceed the speed of light in surrounding gas clouds, but do so without violating Einstein’s
For decades, an ancient circle of stones has lain just out of sight beneath the waters of Spain’s Valdecañas Reservoir, its tallest pillars occasionally breaking the surface like the fingers of a drowning swimmer. Months of intense drought have now caused the reservoir’s waters to fall – enough to reveal the structure in its entirety.
Venus is not a nice place, by human standards. For a world named after a Roman goddess of love and beauty, it really is quite the toxic, super-heated hellscape. But it wasn’t always this way. In a new study, scientists make the case for how ancient Venus could have once supported life alongside oceans of