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Maggy Benson and anthropologist David Hunt at a table that has mummy specimens in boxes. He is holding some spine bones.

Mummy Science Webcast with David Hunt

Meet anthropologist David Hunt, who is an expert on mummies and how they are made. Did you know that mummies are often made accidentally? Compare human-made mummies to...

Maggy Benson and paleobiologist Dr. Brian Huber at table with fossils, tools, and containers. Backdrop of mountain scene.

Global Change Webcast with Brian Huber

Meet paleobiologist Brian Huber, who studies tiny organisms called foraminifera (forams) that are great indicators of global changes. How can a microscopic organism that...

Maggy Benson and archaeologist Dr. Bill Fitzhugh at table with arctic fossils. Backdrop of is of a mountain scene.

Arctic Culture and Climate Webcast with Bill Fitzhugh

When you think of the Arctic, do you envision an icebound, isolated place? Find out what the Arctic is really like and how people have coped with its unique conditions for...

Maggy Benson and zoologist Dr. Karen Osborn at table with marine invertebrates in containers. Backdrop is of ocean fish.

Ocean Biodiversity Webcast with Karen Osborn

What unknown creatures live in the open ocean? Join zoologist Karen Osborn as she peers into the ocean depths using a remotely operated vehicle to look for organisms. See...

Maggy Benson and archeologist Dr. Torben Rick at table with marine invertebrates in containers.  He is holding a fossil rock.

Island Biodiversity Webcast with Torben Rick

Meet archaeologist Dr. Torben Rick and join him in analyzing archaeological evidence of human life on islands. Look back over thousands of years of influence of humans on...

Maggy Benson and paleontologist Dr. Matthew Carrano at table with fossils in divided containers. He holds a dinosaur fossil.

Tiny Fossils and Big Dinosaurs Webcast with Matthew Carrano

What can tiny fossils reveal that large dinosaur fossils may not? Join paleontologist Matthew Carrano and learn how he pieces together the ecosystems dinosaurs inhabited...

Maggy Benson and physical anthropologist Dr. Sabrina Sholts at table with a skull, bones, a small skeleton, and pottery.

How Bones Reveal Environmental Health Webcast with Sabrina Sholts

Meet anthropologist Sabrina Sholts and learn how she studies skeletons, particularly human skulls, to understand the impacts of environmental toxins.

Blue Jellyfishon a dark black backround in the Arctic Ocean

Stunning Creatures Beneath Arctic Ice

Using an ROV (Remotely-Operated Vehicle) equipped with a high-definition video camera, scientists can observe the life that flourishes...

Two women sit at a table with a blue tablecloth and glass specimen jars on it. The woman on the right has her hands palms-up.

Parasites and Hosts Webcast with Anna Phillips

Get a new perspective on parasites. Meet zoologist Anna Phillips and learn what she discovers by studying how parasites such as leeches and tapeworms relate to their hosts...

Geologist Cari Corrigan and collection manager Linda Welzenbach in white clean-room suits in the  Antarctic meteorite storage

Inside the Meteorite Clean Room at the Smithsonian

Don your clean-room clothing and take a glimpse into the Smithsonian's Antarctic meteorite storage facility in Suitland, Md., where the 15,000 Antarctic meteorites in the...

Drawing of a dark colored prehistoric whale in green ocean water just below the surface.

Evolution of Whales Animation

Whales have existed for million of years. Watch this animation, from the Sant Ocean Hall, to see how...

Shot of Maggy Benson and Botany Collections Manager Rusty Russell at table with a blue cloth that has dried plant specimens.

Ecosystem Change Webcast with Rusty Russell

Meet Botany Collections Manager Rusty Russell, who manages collections activities in the U.S. National Herbarium, a research collection that contains more than 5 million...

The palms of two hands held close together holding a group of about 15 to 20 dark brown mud crabs.

Ecosystems on the Edge: A Crab-Castrating Barnacle

An invasive parasite known as Loxothylacus panopaei survives by hijacking the reproductive system of a mud crab, forcing it to produce parasite larvae. If the crab happens...

Maggy Benson and paleontologist Dr. Hans Sues at a table that has rocks, and a tool on it.  The backdrop is of a mountain.

Dinosaur Rise Webcast with Hans Sues

Meet paleontologist Hans Sues and explore the mass extinction 200 million years ago that opened the door for dinosaurs to dominate life on land. What else lived in the...

white spider web on black background showing circular center and network of rays

How Photography Has Transformed the Study of Spiders and Their Webs

Jonathan Coddington, on spider webs and photography. Smithsonian Photography Initiative.

A teenage girl in a white lab coat in a lab taking a photo of a fossil or specimen on a table. Closed shelves with doors above

Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) Internship Program

If you love science and have ever wanted to work with zoo animals, feed tarantulas, examine fossils, help in a science lab or assist museum visitors, then this internship...