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Smithsonian's Dr. Helen James and Maggy Benson during a live Smithsonian Science How webcast
by Maggy Benson -- Dec 17, 2014

Welcome to the first “Smithsonian Science How” video blog!

If you tuned in to the...

Tiny heart-shaped “gametophyte” life-stage of a Tender Brake Fern (Pteris tremula). Photo by Pete the Poet, via Flickr, CC-BY-NC.
by Devin Reese -- Mar 29, 2018

Most of us picture a fern as a plant with big, feathery fronds. Yet, there is another ...

A broken, fossil tyrannosaurid dinosaur tooth found on the ground in the Judith River Formation in Montana. Smithsonian photo by Michelle Pinsdorf.
by Devin Reese -- Feb 14, 2017

A fossil, if you think about it, has not shown its best face in a long time, maybe never. It has spent millions of years embedded in rock, ice,...

Keeled Ramshorn snail (Planorbis carinatus) that lives in rivers and lakes in Europe. Photo by Gerhard Falkner.
by Devin Reese -- Apr 26, 2017

Both kayakers and river snails are animals who rely on freshwater. While for a kayaker, it’s for recreation, for a snail it’s about livelihood....

Alberto Javier Reyes García, biologist at the National Herbarium in Mexico (MEXU), collecting plants in the Zapotec community of La Ventosa, Oaxaca, Mexico as part of Smithsonian-led research. Photo by Gibrán Morales Carranza.
by Devin Reese -- May 10, 2017

Every sentence we speak reveals something about...

Smithsonian geologist Dr. Cara Santelli and Maggy Benson during a Smithsonian Science How webcast
by Maggy Benson -- Mar 16, 2015

Did you know that the tiniest of all life forms can perform some of the most herculean transformations? Some types of microbes, like fungus and...

Paleobiologist Brian Huber and Maggy Benson during a live Smithsonian Science How Webcast
by Maggy Benson -- Feb 25, 2015

Can you guess the age of the oldest fossil that Smithsonian paleobiologist Dr. Brian Huber has ever discovered? Or the deepest he has drilled into...

Smithsonian's Rusty Russell shows off a table full of objects from the plant collection at the National Herbarium.
by Maggy Benson -- Jan 26, 2015

What does studying plant DNA tell scientists? What is the oldest specimen in the Smithsonian’s National Herbarium? Here’s a hint: It’s over 500...

Dan Babbitt holding a walking leaf during a Smithsonian Science How? webcast
by Maggy Benson -- Jul 1, 2014

What do mummies, deep-sea worms, cell phones and meteorites have in common? They will all be featured on the webcast series Smithsonian Science...


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