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A Woman holding a meteorite in the Q?rius science education center.

What Is the Q?rius Experience?

Watch an introduction to Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

Drawing of yellow katydid and sawfly insects getting dusted with pollen as they feed on the purple cones of a conifer plant.

Jurassic Moths on Conifer Plant

Depiction of Jurassic insects, including katydid (Hagloidea) and sawfly (Tenthredinidae). The insects are getting dusted with pollen while they feed on the cones of a...

A red Lionfish with white stripes swimming in Atlantic Ocean waters around some pink and green coral.

Ocean Portal- Lionfish on the Loose

The majestic and highly predatory red lionfish (Pterois volitans), native to the Indo-Pacific, is invading Atlantic waters. The lionfish is a popular home aquarium species...

Human Genome exhibit developer Meg Rivers explaining the project while standing in front of a manikin and other exhibit items

Smithsonian Genome Exhibit Unlocks 21st Century Science of Life

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington celebrates two scientific milestones: The 10th anniversary of the completion of the...

A woman looking at an open drawer of Red-Tailed Hawk specimens in the collection of the National Museum of Natural History.

Inside the National Museum of Natural History: Collections

Join Smithsonian scientists for an insider's tour of the field research and behind-the-scenes collections of the National Museum of Natural History. We...

Beetle dusted with yellow pollen on a light purple and light green thistle flower.

Beetle Dusted with Pollen

Beetle (Larinus latus) dusted with pollen as it visits a thistle flower. The beetle is a "true weevil," identifiable by its long snout. These beetles are plant-eaters,...

Carol Butler sitting at her desk talking about why museums keep and digitize natural history collections.

Interview with Carol Butler about the Value of Collections

In celebration of the Smithsonian centennial, Carol Butler, Chief of Collections at the National Museum of Natural History, was interviewed. She talks about why museums...

Close-up of a orange and yellow sea creature with tentacles in a dark ocean background.

Census of Marine Life

During ten years of intensive research, the Census of Marine Life conducted the most comprehensive inventory of life in the ocean to date. Marine life was documented in...

A large ship loaded with stacked shipping containers sails past a small hill while in the waters of the Panama Canal.

Parasite P.I.: Smithsonian Scientist Mark Torchin

Mark Torchin, a marine ecologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, talks about how he studies the parasites of invasive marine animals such...

Geologist Liz Cottrell in front of equipment in her lab used to recreate deep Earth conditions.

We Just Saw a Pile of Goop

Geologist Liz Cottrell shows how she simulates the conditions of the deep Earth in her lab. She describes the frustrations of failed experiments, which are a...

Red tipped tubed worms and white crabs on coral in the deep ocean.

Hydrothermal Vent Creatures

Travel to a world of perpetual night — the deep ocean hydrothermal vents near the Galapagos Rift where life thrives around superheated water spewing from deep inside the...

Overhead shot of the front of a ship going through broken ice in the Artic Ocean to map the seafloor.

Arctic Exploration

New technology is making it possible for scientists to go where they’ve never gone before, the depths of the icy Arctic Ocean. By collecting organisms and mapping the...

black & white video of steam or hot and mineral-rich fluids from the seafloor coming from a hydrothermal vent

Submarine Volcanoes and Hydrothermal Vents

Recent scientific discoveries have revealed an underwater community of marine animals and other organisms that thrive in the dark depths of the ocean near hydrothermal...

Close-up of a yellow and green frog on a black background at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

Meet Smithsonian scientist Justin Touchon

Meet Smithsonian scientist Justin Touchon, a National Science Foundation (NSF) postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.


Smithsonian Tropical Research Center Botanist, Helene Muller Landau, in front of  green plants talking about forests.

Botanical Biodiversity: Smithsonian Scientist Helene Muller-Landau

What determines the variety of trees in a tropical forest? Is it the seed size? Perhaps seed-hungry animals? And what happens to forests that are being drastically changed...

Black and red butterfly inside the butterfly pavilion of the insect zoo at the National Museum of Natural History.

Pollinator Live: Bee and Butterfly Pollination - Nate Erwin

Entomologist Nate Erwin takes viewers inside the Insect Zoo at the National Museum of Natural History to discuss bee and butterfly pollination. Video by Smithsonian...