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Weightlessness on Earth?

Who said daydreams are a waste of time? One of Einstein's flights of fancy led to the equivalence principle—the knowledge that while an object is in free fall, it's free of gravity's effects.

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Einstein Web List

Where to begin when a Web search turns up millions of sites about Einstein? Let us point you to some of the best—from Time's person of the century profile to a black hole animation.

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Curriculum Materials

Physics Books

Meet one of the world's most influential scientists. Construct a compass and a flashlight. Find out how to pop through a wormhole. And further explore physics with these 10 kid-friendly titles.

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Nobody's Perfect

Perfection certainly wasn't something to strive for, according to Einstein. In fact, he believed that messing up was a part of being successful—an idea that, itself, has proven relevance.

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Space and Time

Do you know how to describe where you are in the fourth dimension? Or what it would take to turn a rabbit into a black hole? Explore the fascinating nature of space and time.

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Studying Tree Rings to Learn About Global Climate

By taking biopsy-like samples from centuries-old Siberian pines, scientists have reconstructed a 300-year record of temperature changes for the Arctic and the Northern Hemisphere.

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James Hutton: The Founder of Modern Geology

Until the late 18th century, most people believed the Earth was about 6,000 years old. Hutton changed this belief by proposing that geologic forces operate at the same rate today as in the past.

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Reefs in Crisis

Humans have harmlessly harvested coral reefs for thousands—or even hundreds of thousands—of years. So why has our behavior in recent years suddenly put reefs at risk?

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Saving Species

Take a world-wide tour of biodiversity. You'll meet mollusks in the reefs off the Bahamas, the aye-aye in the tropical forests of Madagascar, and the clever mimic-ant spider that lives in Australia.

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It Takes All Kinds to Make a World

The ocean's one diverse place—with alga so tiny that 10 million can fit in a single teaspoon to whales longer than three school buses. Take the surfboard challenge, and ride the waves of biodiversity!

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