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Deep Sea Vents Web List

Want to dive deeper into the study of deep sea vents? Tour an active submarine volcano, ride the "Global Conveyor Belt for Heat," listen in to sounds of the deep, and more with this site-seeing list.

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Staff Profile

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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Curriculum Materials, Educator Guide

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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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

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.

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

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.

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

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.

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

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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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Are Dogs' Tongues Really Cleaner Than Humans'?

"Abby! Don't let the dog lick you! Her tongue is full of bacteria!" Ever since we got a dog a few years ago, my mom has always been saying that. I love when my dog runs to greet me when I get home from school and says "hello" by giving me licks. What I hated, though, was feeling guilty and disgusted about having her doggy bacteria all over my face. So I decided to do a test to see how dirty dogs' tongues really are.

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