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This scanning electron microscope image shows fungi making bead-like minerals (elemental selenium). Image from Carla Rosenfeld, Smithsonian.
by Devin Reese -- Feb 26, 2015

A microbe is a tiny organism, microscopic in size. We often think of microbes as menaces, such as pathogenic bacteria or fungi that cause disease...

Dan Babbitt holding a walking leaf during a Smithsonian Science How? webcast
by Maggy Benson -- Jul 1, 2014

What do mummies, deep-sea worms, cell phones and meteorites have in common? They will all be featured on the webcast series Smithsonian Science...

Members of the 3D fossil whale team. Smithsonian photo NHB2014-00826 by James DiLoreto
by Devin Reese -- Jul 1, 2014

Want to see the largest 3D digital print of a fossil ever made? It’s a 20 x 8 foot print of a whale skeleton hanging in...

Ash-grey Indian paintbrush plant in Southern California. Image by Gary A. Monroe, EOL via CalPhotos, CC-BY-NC.
by Devin Reese -- Jan 8, 2015

They are silent and stationary, but scientists look to them to tell stories about what happened in the past. Because plants are all around us, and...

Colorful shells of forams on a coral reef. Image by Pamela Hallock, University of South Florida
by Devin Reese -- Jan 21, 2015

If you haven’t seen foraminifera yet, no need to feel left out. Most people haven’t seen a...

Smithsonian's Rusty Russell shows off a table full of objects from the plant collection at the National Herbarium.
by Maggy Benson -- Jan 26, 2015

What does studying plant DNA tell scientists? What is the oldest specimen in the Smithsonian’s National Herbarium? Here’s a hint: It’s over 500...

The massive Goliath birdeater tarantula (Theraphosa blondi). Smithsonian photo by Rosa Pineda
by Devin Reese -- Jul 14, 2014

How can you tell whether to trust a tarantula or not? Most tarantula defenses, such as trying to look big, hissing, or running away, are harmless...

You may be parked next to your ancestors’ trash, such as these layers of oyster shells discarded by humans living in the Chesapeake Bay hundreds to thousands of years ago. Photo from Smithsonian Institution.
by Devin Reese -- Oct 14, 2014

Did Native Americans and other people who lived thousands of years ago influence the biodiversity...

Smithsonian's Dr. Helen James and Maggy Benson during a live Smithsonian Science How webcast
by Maggy Benson -- Dec 17, 2014

Welcome to the first “Smithsonian Science How” video blog!
If you tuned in to the...

Paleobiologist Brian Huber and Maggy Benson during a live Smithsonian Science How Webcast
by Maggy Benson -- Feb 25, 2015

Can you guess the age of the oldest fossil that Smithsonian paleobiologist Dr. Brian Huber has ever discovered? Or the deepest he has drilled into...