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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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All That Glitters (Science World)

Did you know that all of the mined gold in the world could easily fit inside your school's gym? Find out what it takes to turn this precious metal into trophies and jewelry.

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Plant Inventory

With an entire habitat in front of them, how do scientists actually inventory the entire site? Find out their tricks of the trade; then apply the principles to your own small site.

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Arthropod Morphology : Metamorphosis

Chances are you know that butterflies and moths go through a metamorphosis. But did you know that the same is true for silverfish? Learn more about the two types of arthropod metamorphosis.

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Coming to Life (SuperScience)

What does it take to create realistic exhibits like the ones featured in Night at the Museum? Meet the exhibition project manager who's in change of the Museum's dioramas.

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Activity

Twig Twins

A twig is just a twig—or is it? You can identify a plant, tree, or shrub just by closely observing one small part of it. After this activity, you'll never again dismiss a twig.

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Classroom Activity

Describing Oak Leaves

Test your classification skills with this leafy challenge. Examine drawings of 12 oak leaves, and see if you can determine the common and scientific name for each one of the dozen.

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