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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Deformed Frogs: The Big Mystery

Frogs with a single hind leg were not the most surprising discovery this seventh-grader from New York made. Read what he learned about the nationwide increase in frog deformities.

Figure 10: Brrr! It was cold in th cave! Note the crevices in the sides and the fallen boulders

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

My Expedition to the Lava River Cave

To gain a better understanding of volcanoes, this eighth-grader from Arizona decided to go spelunking. Take her tour of the Lava River Cave, formed by a volcanic eruption 675,000 years ago.

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Equation Invasion

Take a look a look at the world's most famous equation about the relationship between energy and mass.

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Train of Thought

Take your imagination on a wonderful, mind-bending trip with these "thought experiments" worthy of Einstein himself. With this train, it truly is all about the journey.

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Witnessing the Effects of Length Contraction

When does a 12-inch ruler look shorter than it really is? When it's fast on the move. In fact, at the speed of light, it would shrink to nothing. See length contraction for yourself ... at a safe speed.

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Fusion Simulation

Confused about fusion? You won't be once you've completed this experiment, which demonstrates how a strong nuclear force can fuse two protons that naturally repel each other.

Classroom Activity

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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Curriculum Materials

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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