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Close up photo of the hand of a scientist adjusting levers in the Curasub, a research submersible with robotic arms.

Summer in a Sub with Carole Baldwin

Smithsonian scientist Dr. Carole Baldwin gives a tour of the deep ocean from the Curasub, a research submersible with robotic arms that can pluck organisms from the sea...

Map of Europe in orange with a dotted line across the Atlantic showing that people reached North America 23,000 years ago.

Across Atlantic Ice

The first people to reach North America came from Europe 23,000 years ago across the frozen North Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Dennis Stanford reviews the evidence.

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Medium shot of a man in the shrubland in a red shirt kneeling with a camera to take a photo of a green biocube frame.

Biocube in Fynbos Shrubland, South Africa

See how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot in the fynbos shrubland, South Africa. Video by David Liittschwager.

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wide shot of a man on the branch of a tree in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica positioning a biocube frame.

Biocube in Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Learn how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot in Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica. Video by David Liittschwager.

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Dr. Matthew Carrano kneeling in front of a display case that has the skeleton of a Brown Bear.

How Do We Know How Dinosaurs Moved?

Dr. Matthew Carrano explains how paleontologists figure out how extinct animals moved. He shows...

Wide shot of the ocean with a sunset in the distance, seen from the front of a boat with a flotation ring in the foreground.

Taking the Ocean's Temperature

Learn how scientists measure the ocean's temperature at more than 3,000 locations worldwide, using a fleet of underwater "floats" called ARGO. At each spot, a float...

Closeup of green biocube over a tree branch with a man in jeans kneeling next to it on the ground in Central Park, New York.

Biocube in Central Park, New York

Discover how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot in Central Park, New York. Video by David Liittschwager.

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Closeup of man sitting on a boat in San Francisco Bay holding a biocube. The Golden Gate Bridge is in the background.

Biocube Near the Golden Gate Bridge, California

Learn how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Video by David Liittschwager.

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Closeup of green biocube filled with water and a turtle swimming in it, in the Duck River, Tennessee. Trees in the background

Biocube in Duck River, Tennessee

See how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot in the Duck River, Tennessee. Video by David Liittschwager.

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Close-up of a fish by orange, green, yellow, and purple coral under water in a biocube in Moorea, French Polynesia.

Biocube in Moorea, French Polynesia

Watch how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot in Moorea, French Polynesia. Video by David Liittschwager.

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Wide shot of green grassland on hills with a tree on the left and in the distance in Panama that contain invasive plants.

Invasive Investigator: Smithsonian Scientist Jefferson Hall

Invasive plant species are threatening native species across the globe. Learn how scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center in Panama are trying to...

Medium shot of Curator Paul Pohwat in the mineral lab with shelves behind him holding a Smitsonite sample from a Mine timber.

Smithsonite, Mr. Smithson's Mineral

Curator Paul Pohwat shows examples from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History collections of smithsonite, a mineral named after James Smithson, the founder of...

Long shot from black and white film footage of a high plume of ash from the erupting Parícutin volcano in Mexico in n 1943.

Parícutin: The Birth of a Volcano

In 1943, a volcano emerged out of a cornfield in Mexico. Smithsonian scientist William Foshag spent more than two years on site studying its growth, and he took video and...

A male scientist in a beige long sleeve shirt examines with his hand the wrapped human remains inside an open iron coffin.

The story of a 19th century boy buried in an iron coffin

One of a set of video podcasts that provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of anthropologists at work in the National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Dave Hunt with a team of...

Shot of Maggy Benson and Dr. Joshua A. Bell at table with blue cloth that has cellphones, shells, and gems and minerals on it

Cell Phone Natural History with Joshua A. Bell

Could you live without your cellphone? Meet cultural anthropologist Joshua A. Bell. He studies the social implications of the cellphone being one of our most intimate...

Maggy Benson and entomologist Dr. Ted Schultz at a table that has containers of ants on it. The backdrop is of green plants.

Ant Agriculture Webcast with Ted Schultz

Meet entomologist Ted Schultz and learn about leaf-cutter ants, creatures that are responsible for processing more vegetation than any animal on Earth. Find out how...

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