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¡Que Vivan las Serpientes Muertas!

"What can I do for a decent science fair project?" See how this 12th-grader from Ohio turned his answer to this common question—a road mortality survey of snakes—into a four-year study and a published paper. 

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Planet Protectors

Earth Day is a good time to reflect on the health of our planet. Museum scientists and Science World readers shared their plans to go green. 

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Scorpions: Friend or Foe?

Did you know a scorpion can control how much venom it produces in its stinger? Meet a scientist who's discovered more than 70 species of scorpions and find out what he's learned about them. 

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Explore Mythic Creatures with a Field Journal

What mythic creatures are new to you? Are some made up of different animal parts? And do dragons mean different things to Asian and European cultures? Find out with this exhibition investigation. 

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DNA Detective

George Amato, a conservation geneticist at the AMNH, studies natural history and endangered species. But when crime threatens rare animals, the scientist turns sleuth and his lab turns forensics to crack the case. 

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Wildlife Detective

The crime scene: a New York City airport. The suspect: a handbag and shoe importer who claims his products were made from an unprotected type of crocodile. The call for help: conservation geneticist George Amato at the AMNH. 

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Fossil Finds

Travel to Seymour Island, Antarctica, with Ross MacPhee, the Museum's curator of the Division of Vertebrate Zoology, as he scours the area for geologic clues to Earth’s history.

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