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Trip Up Your Brain

Solving math equations, reading books, even thinking about thinking, the brain's abilities are amazing. But it can be fooled. Find out how with these fun and easy experiments. 

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If Rocks Could Talk

Whether 4.5 billion or 900 years old, every rock has a story to tell, giving us clues about the history of the Earth. Explore these stories by looking at igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.

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The Butterfly Kingdom

Taiwan may be a small island, but it's home to more kinds of butterflies than any almost other place in the world — about 400 species have been discovered by scientists. Find out why. 

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Living Large

Sauropods dominated the Earth for 140 million years. How did they reach their massive sizes? What did they look like, how did they move, and what did they eat? Enter the lab to discover the answer first hand. 

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Are YOU cut out for Mars?

Do you have what it takes to go on a space mission to the Red Planet? Take this quiz to find out! 

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Interactive: A Hotspot Trail

Yellowstone National Park lies above a stationary hotspot deep in Earth's mantle. See how previous volcanic eruptions of the hotspot have left a trail of calderas that ends, at the moment, with Yellowstone.

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Metamorphosis

The butterfly begins life as an egg, emerges as a caterpillar, and then undergoes a complete change in body form during development--a dramatic metamorphosis.
The wormlike butterfly larva, or caterpillar, looks nothing like a winged adult.

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Hands-on Activity

Plant Ecology

Go beyond the basics of field study—use math and science skills and dig in the dirt! Students learn how to count plants as part of a study of local biodiversity and  calculating biodiversity indexes. 

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Light: Its Secrets Revealed

Did you know that when you look at a star, your eyes are capturing light that traveled all the way from the star to your eye? Learn more about how light carries information from distant objects.

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