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Sorting Arthropods for Identification

Identifying arthropods is a challenge—even for someone who spends his days identifying Australian ground spiders at the museum. Get tips for making the sorting process easier.

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Investigating Plant-Arthropod Interactions

In her search for answers, this doctoral candidate mostly came up with more questions—a result that made her happy. Learn why she thinks the best part of discovery is following a trail of questions.

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Saving El Imposible: A Biodiversity Puzzle

Journey to El Salvador for a visit to El Imposible, where you have to go on horseback or foot to see the entire forest. This national park has been called the "Jewel of Central America."

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Express Yourself!

You don't have to speak the same language, or even speak, to understand when someone is happy or sad. Explore how and why our brains have evolved to read facial expressions. 

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Hands-on Activity

Make Your Own Creatures of Light

Ever wonder why some organisms flash, blink, or glow? Discover how by making your own land and ocean creatures that generate light.

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Interactive: Watch a Glacier Melt

Qori Kalis is the largest outlet glacier of Peru's Quelccaya ice cap. See firsthand how it (like all tropical glacier ice) is melting because of global warming.

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Observing Jellies

Long ago, people studied jellies by peering over the side of a boat and drawing the creatures as they bobbed nearby. See how much has changed since the 1800s.

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Curriculum Materials

For Educators: The World's Largest Dinosaurs

For 140 million years giant dinosaurs called sauropods roamed Earth. Help students investigate the success of the largest land animals ever with this practical and printable exhibition guide for educators.

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