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Darwin: Voyage of Discovery (SuperScience)

Introduce younger students to Darwin's voyage on the HMS Beagle with this interview Niles Eldredge. Then challenge their ability to spot environmental adaptations with the Iguana Puzzler. 

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Darwin: Voyage of Discovery (Science World)

Did you know that Darwin was prone to sea sickness? Or that he found a bird specimen he was seeking ... on his dinner plate? Examine the big insights and amusing details of Darwin's historic voyage on the HMS Beagle. 

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Bats: Night Fliers (SuperScience)

Introduce younger students to bats, which make up nearly one-fifth of all mammal species on Earth. Then put their classification skills to the test with the Chip Challenge.

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Bats: Twilight Zone (Science World)

Did you know that there are more than 1,100 different bat species? Or that scientists have not yet figured out how all these species are related? Explore the challenges of studying these night fliers.

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Bug Hunter (Science World)

Did you know that while all bugs are insects, not all insects are bugs? Learn more about "true bugs," whose characteristics include defensive glands that produce and release foul smells.

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True Bugs

Scientists study insects by observing them in nature and collecting them for further research. Learn their techniques so you can make your own discoveries with this article and online investigation.

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Crash Course? (SuperScience)

Introduce younger students to space objects and how gravity affects them. Then have them explore the effects of this force with the Gravity Game. 

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Crash Course? (Science World)

Could a space rock destroy life on Earth? Learn more about asteroids, comets, and other space objects and what happens when they collide—with each other and with our planet.

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One Gigantic Mystery (Science World)

Recently, a giant squid was photographed for the first time. Before that, no one had ever seen a living specimen. See how scientists have gone about studying this elusive creature.

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All That Glitters (SuperScience)

Did you know miners must dig up and process as many as 30 tons of rock to make a single gold ring? Take a dazzling look at how gold is mined and transformed.

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