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How Photography Has Transformed the Study of Spiders and Their Webs

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

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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...

Wide shot of the tables and hands on activities in the Qrius science learning space. From a video tour of the entire room.

Take a Video Tour of Q?rius

This video tour will introduce you to Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center at the...

Matt Tocheri in a photo with a black background holding a skull of a tiny hominin found on the island of Flores, Indonesia.

Hobbits on Flores, Indonesia

A tiny hominin found in 2003 on the island of Flores, Indonesia shook up the world of paleoanthropology because of its age and appearance. The tiny adult skeleton was just...

A photo of a skeleton on the right side of the screen with four rows of skulls behind it to show evidence of human evolution.

Evidence for Human Evolution

Dr. Rick Potts uses fossils and artifacts to show how brains got bigger and tools became specialized as humans evolved. Fossil skulls reveal changes in the physical form...

Overhead shot of two male researchers incasing a fossil of a Squalodontidae in a white plaster jacket before removing bones.

Preparing an Extinct Toothed Whale

A time-lapse video shows researchers from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute racing to excavate the fossil...

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Survivors of a Changing Environment

In what type of environment did early humans evolve? Was it the African savanna? Dr. Rick Potts talks about his research on early human adaptability to environmental ...

A drawing showing Arctic ice change in white on a blue and green map of the world.Based on NOAA testing.

Arctic Sea Ice Changes

As Arctic temperatures rise, sea ice melts. Arctic sea ice is projected to decline dramatically over the 21st century, with little late summer sea ice remaining by the...

Closeup of Dr. Scott Wing in a purple shirt in front of outdoor stairs.

Scott Wing Explaining the PETM

Dr. Scott Wing reveals the dramatic changes in vegetation that took place during the warming event called the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) that began 56 million...

Closeup of a row of shells that Dr. Brian Huber is studying.

Brian Huber's Research on Foraminifera

Snapshot of Dr. Brian Huber at work, studying foraminifera (forams). Brian explains how understanding past climate change, with forams as indicators, provides useful...

Black and white shot with a solid background of a Yupik man and woman of Alaska wearing traditionally made parkas (sanightaaq)

Creating a Ceremonial Gut Parka (Sanightaaq) – A Yupik Tradition

The Yupik people of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, traditionally made ceremonial parkas (sanightaaq) out of seal or walrus intestines. In this video, two Yupik women explain...

Closeup of students observing life in a biocube in the brush, One of them is taking notes.

Observing Life in a Biocube

Learn how to build your observation skills. Find out how to take notes on what's happening in a biocube.

Learn more about how to use...

Wide shot of girl student in a area with lots of green brush collecting Motile (moving) animal specimens that were in a biocube.

Collecting Motile Biocube Specimens

Catch those critters. See how to collect motile (moving) animals from your biocube.

Learn more about how to use biocubes.


Closeup of 1 male and 2 female students collecting the plant contents of a biocube in the brush. Two others standing behind.

Collecting the Contents of the Cube

Getting it out. Find out how to collect all the living things from a biocube.

Learn more about how to use biocubes.

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Close-up of girl with white shirt and glasses looking at a catalog book of photos of plants and animals found in a biocube.

Building a Biocube Species List

Catalog the biodiversity you found in the biocube. Find out how to create a species list for what you discovered.

Learn more about how to...