Ancient crocs swam to North America

Relatives of the alligator made it to North America ten million years earlier than mammals, swimming there more than 19 million years ago.

Planets can form in galactic center

The center of the galaxy is not only a crowded place, it's blasted by shock waves, bathed in radiation and warped by owerful gravitational forces from the supermassive black hole  at the region's heart.

Huge turtle was round like a truck tire

Paleontologists have discovered a new type of fossil turtle that was five feet across and almost perfectly round.

New sensory organ discovered in whales

Scientists at the University of British Columbia and the Smithsonian Institution have discovered a new sensory organ in rorqual whales that appears to tell it when it's worth taking a big gulp.

Space shuttle Discovery gets Washington flyby next week

Space shuttle Discovery is to have one last flight - piggybacking on a NASA aircraft to its final home at the Smithsonian Museum.

Ancient Peruvians snacked on popcorn

People living along the coast of Peru were eating popcorn before they had pots to put it in, and 1,000 years earlier than thought.

The digital archives of OccupyWallStreet

A number of museums and institutions have moved to archive both physical and digital paraphernalia associated with the evolving OccupyWallStreet (OWS) movement.

Smithsonian wants your help to choose video games exhibits

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is to hold its first exhibition of video games - and is asking the public to vote on what should be included.

Astronomers discover supernovae brewing

While looking for something else entirely, Harvard-Smithsonian astronomers have discovered several double-star systems which are merging, and which may explode as supernovae in the astronomically near future.