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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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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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...

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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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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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Inside the Fossil Prep Lab with Michelle Pinsdorf

Meet Michelle Pinsdorf, a fossil preparator at the National Museum of Natural History. How do scientists decipher the information encrypted in fossils? Every fossil...

Smithsonian Science How Live Webcast

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Trap-Jaw Spiders Webcast with Hannah Wood

How do spiders hunt? Join entomologist Dr. Hannah Wood as she reveals the behavior of the tiny trap-jaw spider. Find out how these spiders prey on insects using a...

Close-up photo of a black and blue colored butterfly in the Burtterfly Pavilion on the chest of a woman just below her chin.

Butterfly Pavilion Experience

The Pavilion is a warm, lush enclosure filled with beautiful flowering plants, in which visitors interact with hundreds of live butterflies, representing species from...

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