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Science Explorations: Soar with Bats

Bats spend the night trying to fill their bellies. In fact, you'd have to down 10 pizzas for dinner to keep up with some. Investigate the 1,100 species that take to the night skies by the millions.

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Animal Keeper (SuperScience)

From blue butterflies and red frogs to a green iguana nicknamed "Iggy," meet the live animals in the Museum's exhibitions and the people who take care of them.

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Animal Keeper (Science World)

Live animals add an element of surprise to Museum displays. But they need more than a cute face or bright colors to earn a spot in an exhibition hall. Find out what it takes.

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Field Trip to the Moon Informal Educator's Guide

After a trip the immersive Hayden Planetarium, continue the lunar exploration with these interactive workshop activities that investigate the Moon’s habitability and sustainable resources.

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Field Trip to the Moon Live Presenter Script

Orbit the Earth and get an astronaut's view of a sunrise in space with this word-by-word script for the Field Trip to the Moon program at the Hayden Planetarium.

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Butterfly Buffet: The Feeding Preferences of Painted Ladies

Can you imagine a world without butterflies? Although butterflies are insects, most people think they are beautiful, peaceful creatures and enjoy them as part of nature. They are also helpful as pollinators for plants and trees. But currently, seventeen species of butterflies are endangered, two are threatened and three are extinct.

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Effect of Neustonic Microplastic Debris on the Pelagic Insect, Halobates sericeus

Welcome to our plastic world. From cups to bags, bottles to CDs, clips to pipes, a nifty collection of polymers is here and thriving. Annually, the world utilizes 245 million tons of plastic, most of which is polypropylene (Andrady and Neal 2009). Plastic has many advantages: it is lightweight, has a high strength to weight ratio and is easy to mass produce (Andrady and Neal 2009, Thompson et al. 2009). But, unfortunately, it is also persistent, long-lasting and slow to degrade, especially in the marine environment.

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Evaluation of Fecal Contamination in Strawberry River

As a young child I spent many hours enjoying the cool refreshing water of Strawberry River. My favorite swimming hole was below an old abandoned bridge. A rope was tied to a tall oak tree, and I would use it to swing over the deepest spot and plunge into the river. Fish abounded in the waters, and everyone in the community picnicked in the shade by the sandy beach. It was the perfect spot to while away the summer. That is, until the Western Lawrence County Waste Water Treatment Facility (WLCWWTF) was constructed half a mile upstream.

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Plant Extracts as Natural Insecticides

Every year my family and I wage a constant war for homegrown fruits and vegetables. We weed-whack, fence, and cover our plants to keep them from rabbits and deer. However, the killers we cannot evade are insects. Which begs the question: Do we want organic produce or plentiful produce? This question inspired my science project theme: Can insecticides be created out of natural substances?

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