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The blue morpho butterfly (Morpho peleides) can be found in tropical areas from Mexico to South America. Smithsonian photo.
by Juan Pablo Hurtado Padilla -- Aug 15, 2017

Why are blue morpho butterflies blue? Come see for yourself at a weekly demonstration of a scanning electron microscope (or SEM) on “SEM Fridays”...

The blue morpho butterfly (Morpho peleides) can be found in tropical areas from Mexico to South America. Smithsonian photo.
by Juan Pablo Hurtado Padilla -- Aug 30, 2017

¿Porque la mariposa Morfo Azul es azul? Ven a ver por ti mismo en “Viernes de SEM”, una demostración semanal de nuestro microscopio electrónico de...

Museum educator Nicole Webster guides students in the school program “Reefs Unleashed.” Photo by Don Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution.
by Nicole Webster -- Aug 24, 2017

Many students learn science best through hands-on experience. We know it can be difficult for homeschoolers to find such immersive science...

Flowers bloom on a hill overlooking the settlement of Qaarsut, Greenland. Photo by Wilfred Richard.
by Colleen Popson -- May 1, 2015

“Fifteen years ago, scientists knew that Arctic ice was melting but no one imagined an ice-free Arctic,” says ...

Geologist Cari Corrigan, left, points out some features in Kentland Quarry in western Indiana. Photo by Don Hurlbert, Smithsonian.
by Adam Blankenbicker -- Aug 18, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to travel with five geologists to unique sites around the country to understand more about the diverse geologic...

Active pit at White River Quarry in Enumclaw, Wash. The dark rocks on the bottom are old basalt lava flows, and the upper, lighter layer is formed of more recent deposits of volcanic ash. Smithsonian photo by Don Hurlbert.
by Adam Blankenbicker -- Jan 5, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to travel with five geologists to unique sites around the country to understand more about the diverse geologic...

Lake at Golden Gate Quarry. Photo by Don Hurlbert, Smithsonian.
by Adam Blankenbicker -- Apr 6, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to travel with five geologists to unique sites around the country to understand more about the diverse geologic...

Students apply their new skills to solve the final challenge in the “Dig Deep” school program. Photo NHB2014-01468 by Leah M. McGlothern, Smithsonian.
by Adam Blankenbicker -- Aug 27, 2014

Most of us don’t look at a phone, a car, or a building and think, “Where on Earth did they find the materials to build that?” Even if we do think...

Bees and other pollinators are the focus of National Pollinator Week, June 15-21, 2015. Photo by Rosa Pineda, Smithsonian Institution.
by Lauren Tuzzolino -- Jun 10, 2015

No celebration would be as festive or delicious without the contributions of pollinators and the plants they pollinate. The importance of the...

These cassiopea polyps, which will grow to become jellyfish, are feeding on brine shrimp eggs. See live jellyfish and crabs at the World Ocean Day celebrations, June 7-8 in Q?rius. Photo by Allen Collins, Smithsonian Institution.
by Megan Chen -- Jun 2, 2015

The ocean enriches us by providing food and other natural resources, supporting many industries and jobs, and underpinning much of our culture —...

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