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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 —...

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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 - ‘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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Building a Biocube

Building the Cube: It's easy to build a biocube. Find out what materials you need and how to put one together.

Learn more about how to use...

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Selecting the Spot and Placing a Biocube

Selecting a spot is interesting. Find out how to choose your spot and deploy your biocube.

Learn more about how to use biocubes.

Maggy Benson and paleontologist Dr. Nick Pyenson at a table with fossil whale skeletons He his holding a Walrus skull fossil.

Fossil Whales Webcast with Nick Pyenson

Dr. Nick Pyenson is a paleontologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Join him in uncovering fossil whales in Panama, Canada, and Chile. Probe into the...

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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...

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Marine Fossils and Extinction Webcast with Gene Hunt

What makes a species likely to go extinct? Meet paleontologist Gene Hunt, and learn how he studies fossils of tiny ocean animals called ostracodes. See how he tests the...

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Discovering New Mammal Species Webcast with Kristofer Helgen

Did you know that we are still finding and naming new mammals around the world? Meet zoologist Kristofer Helgen, who has discovered about 100 mammal species. Learn how he...

Brown tinted film shot of ash coming out of an erupting volcano. Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell is explaining volcanic ash is.

What Is Volcanic Ash, Anyway?

That's not smoke billowing skyward from many an erupting volcano, it's volcanic ash – and it's not like the ash in your fireplace. Learn how it forms, why scientists call...

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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...

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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...

Smithsonian Science How Live Webcast