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Map of green continents on blue water showing locations of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and  where tectonic plate are.

Plate Tectonics

See how mapping the location of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes can tell us where tectonic plate boundaries are. Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell explains how the plates interact...

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 necessary...

Three people in white helmets and orange and black jumpsuits stand in a steaming, black landscape. A helicopter approaches.

Smithsonian's Nature of Science: Expedition to Arctic Volcanoes

Join geologist Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell as she explores the active volcanoes of Alaska's Western Aleutian Islands, searching for...

A dark-haired boy with glasses and a red shirt speaks in front of a projection screen. He is gesturing with his hands.

YES! Intern Talk - ‘Layers of Science’

Benjamin, a high-school intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, discusses the many layers of science in this TED-Ed-style talk. Three layers he...

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YES! Intern Talk - ‘A Little Piece of Science’

Sal, a high-school intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, talks about how working in a science lab for the first time made her feel small. After...

A girl with black hair, glasses, and a red polo shirt talks while standing in front of a projection screen.

YES! Intern Talk - ‘The Day I Was Left Alone in the Lab’

Areli, a high-school intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, discusses her experience and science stereotypes in this TED-Ed-style talk.

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A boy with brown hair, glasses, brown sweatshirt and red shirt giving a talk while standing in front of a projection screen.

YES! Intern Talk - ‘A Fish in the Sea’

Joan, a high-school intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, describes how it was scary to step out of his comfort zone and into a science lab, but...

A girl with black hair, in a red shirt, standing and talking in front of a projection screen while holding a piece of paper.

YES! Intern Talk - ‘The Most Impactful Experience of My Life’

Camile, a high-school intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, shares how doing scientific research — and having a female scientist as a mentor —...

A girl with blondish-brown hair and a red shirt speaks in front of a project screen, which has a picture of a sea slug on it.

YES! Intern Talk - ‘First Attempt in Learning’

Emma, a high-school intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, discusses sea slugs and the role of failure in science in this TED-Ed-style talk.

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A girl with a white and red head scarf, brown sweater and pink shirt speaks in front of a projection screen, her hands gesturing.

YES! Intern Talk - ‘Leading a New Generation to Science Success’

Maiss, a high-school intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, describes in this TED-Ed-style talk how her perspective on science changed during her...

A girl with dark hair, glasses, and a red polo shirt speaks in front of a projection screen while holding a microphone.

YES! Intern Talk - ‘Scarring the Surface’

Samantha, a high-school intern at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, discusses lunar impact craters and why they are important in this TED-Ed-style talk.

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Smithsonian Science How Live Webcast

Brown colored fossil of an Ancient Fern-like Plant on a blue background.

Fossil of an Ancient Fern-like Plant

Weedy, fern-like plants appear in the latest Devonian, specialized to colonize disturbed sites such as volcanic landscapes. By the middle Carboniferous, all major fern...

Tan, U-shaped fossil on a black background. Fossil has three segments: Head, neck or thorax, and tail with about 12 legs.

Fossil of an Extinct Trilobite

Trilobites are extinct, but lived on Earth for about 290 million years, achieving incredible abundance during from the Cambrian to Devonian. Trilobites are one of the most...

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