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Members of the 3D fossil whale team. Smithsonian photo NHB2014-00826 by James DiLoreto
by Devin Reese -- Jul 1, 2014

Want to see the largest 3D digital print of a fossil ever made? It’s a 20 x 8 foot print of a whale skeleton hanging in...

Leaf-cutter ant colony tending its fungus garden, presided over by the queen. Smithsonian photo by Karolyn Darrow.
by Devin Reese -- Nov 24, 2015

Ants have been farming for upwards of 55 million years. Humans started farming about 12,000 years ago. So, ants got a huge head start when it...

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...

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...

The massive Goliath birdeater tarantula (Theraphosa blondi). Smithsonian photo by Rosa Pineda
by Devin Reese -- Jul 14, 2014

How can you tell whether to trust a tarantula or not? Most tarantula defenses, such as trying to look big, hissing, or running away, are harmless...


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