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Science Topics: A unique collection of articles, videos, news, and more from the Museum about featured scientific topics

Science Topics offer access to the Museum’s ongoing work in scientific research, exhibition, and education, with collections of unique digital resources on featured scientific topics that reflect the breadth and depth of the Museum’s mission.  With a rotating slate of frequently updated content on everything from conservation to astrophysics, Science Topics reveal the wonders of the natural world and bring the excitement of Museum science and scientists to audiences around the globe.   

Support for the development of Science Topics was generously provided by Sidney and Helaine Lerner, GRACE Communications Foundation. 

Featured Topics

Composition of the Universe


Looking for the big picture? It doesn’t get any bigger than cosmology: the science of how the universe began and developed. What is it made of? How is it structured?

Microraptor reconstruction

Dinosaur Discoveries

The 21st century is shaping up as a great time to be a paleontologist! Find out about recent discoveries by Museum scientists, from 250-million-year-old fossilized trackways to small, feathered theropods. 

Harzardous Asteroids

Near-Earth Asteroids

These rocky objects orbit the Sun between Mars and Jupiter, but some come much closer to our planet. Major collisions are exceedingly rare, but are capable of causing global catastrophes.

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