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Dr. Matthew Carrano kneeling in front of a display case that has the skeleton of a Brown Bear.

How Do We Know How Dinosaurs Moved?

Dr. Matthew Carrano explains how paleontologists figure out how extinct animals moved. He shows...

Wide shot of the ocean with a sunset in the distance, seen from the front of a boat with a flotation ring in the foreground.

Taking the Ocean's Temperature

Learn how scientists measure the ocean's temperature at more than 3,000 locations worldwide, using a fleet of underwater "floats" called ARGO. At each spot, a float...

Closeup of green biocube over a tree branch with a man in jeans kneeling next to it on the ground in Central Park, New York.

Biocube in Central Park, New York

Discover how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot in Central Park, New York. Video by David Liittschwager.

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Closeup of man sitting on a boat in San Francisco Bay holding a biocube. The Golden Gate Bridge is in the background.

Biocube Near the Golden Gate Bridge, California

Learn how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Video by David Liittschwager.


Closeup of green biocube filled with water and a turtle swimming in it, in the Duck River, Tennessee. Trees in the background

Biocube in Duck River, Tennessee

See how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot in the Duck River, Tennessee. Video by David Liittschwager.

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Close-up of a fish by orange, green, yellow, and purple coral under water in a biocube in Moorea, French Polynesia.

Biocube in Moorea, French Polynesia

Watch how a biocube was used to measure life in one cubic foot in Moorea, French Polynesia. Video by David Liittschwager.

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Wide shot of green grassland on hills with a tree on the left and in the distance in Panama that contain invasive plants.

Invasive Investigator: Smithsonian Scientist Jefferson Hall

Invasive plant species are threatening native species across the globe. Learn how scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center in Panama are trying to...

Medium shot of Curator Paul Pohwat in the mineral lab with shelves behind him holding a Smitsonite sample from a Mine timber.

Smithsonite, Mr. Smithson's Mineral

Curator Paul Pohwat shows examples from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History collections of smithsonite, a mineral named after James Smithson, the founder of...

Long shot from black and white film footage of a high plume of ash from the erupting Parícutin volcano in Mexico in n 1943.

Parícutin: The Birth of a Volcano

In 1943, a volcano emerged out of a cornfield in Mexico. Smithsonian scientist William Foshag spent more than two years on site studying its growth, and he took video and...

A male scientist in a beige long sleeve shirt examines with his hand the wrapped human remains inside an open iron coffin.

The story of a 19th century boy buried in an iron coffin

One of a set of video podcasts that provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of anthropologists at work in the National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Dave Hunt with a team of...

Blue Jellyfishon a dark black backround in the Arctic Ocean

Stunning Creatures Beneath Arctic Ice

Using an ROV (Remotely-Operated Vehicle) equipped with a high-definition video camera, scientists can observe the life that flourishes...

Drawing of a dark colored prehistoric whale in green ocean water just below the surface.

Evolution of Whales Animation

Whales have existed for million of years. Watch this animation, from the Sant Ocean Hall, to see how...

The palms of two hands held close together holding a group of about 15 to 20 dark brown mud crabs.

Ecosystems on the Edge: A Crab-Castrating Barnacle

An invasive parasite known as Loxothylacus panopaei survives by hijacking the reproductive system of a mud crab, forcing it to produce parasite larvae. If the crab happens...

white spider web on black background showing circular center and network of rays

How Photography Has Transformed the Study of Spiders and Their Webs

Jonathan Coddington, on spider webs and photography. Smithsonian Photography Initiative.

A teenage girl in a white lab coat in a lab taking a photo of a fossil or specimen on a table. Closed shelves with doors above

Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) Internship Program

If you love science and have ever wanted to work with zoo animals, feed tarantulas, examine fossils, help in a science lab or assist museum visitors, then this internship...

Photo of a diver underwater in the Arctic sea going through slightly blue tinted ice.

Diving Under Arctic Ice

It takes special equipment and many warm layers of clothing to dive safely beneath Arctic sea ice. First, the divers look for holes in a melt pond in order to enter the...