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Evolution

Natural selection plays a large role in the evolution of a species. The following activity demonstrates this concept.

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What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur

Can you walk like a dinosaur? Hint: The movement is not like lizards, crocodiles, and other reptiles; instead, it's more like birds. Investigate what else birds and dinosaurs have in common.

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Selecting a Site

What should you think about before selecting a site to study? The answer depends on what you want to know. Get tips from working scientists about how to hone in on the perfect site for you.

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How to Identify Plants in the Field

When it comes to identifying plant species, making mistakes is part of the process. That's why this botanist and curator recommends, "Never erase anything!"

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Make Your Own Liaoning Diorama

Re-create the 130-million-year-old forest in what is now China to understand why this fossil site is of such vast scientific importance.

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Climate Change Circles of Consequences

"Greenhouse effect" and "global warming" are becoming household phrases but how, exactly, are they linked? Explore the interconnections and consequences of climate change.

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Understanding Cladistics

Explore the method scientists use to determine evolutionary relationships by creating a coin cladogram. Then try your hand at classifying a handful of dinosaurs.

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Gathering Light

While refracting and reflecting telescopes use different means of collecting light, the same principle applies to both—the bigger the aperture, the more light collected.

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Building a Simple Refracting Telescope

What could Galileo see when he looked through his telescope? Build a refracting telescope with lenses similar to the ones he used, and see the answer for yourself.

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Focal Point

What is a telescope's focal point, and why is knowing its location so important to astronomers? Grab a flashlight, an empty soda bottle, and a few other supplies; then find out.

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