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Studying Antarctica's Marine Organisms

Antarctica's water is so clear that organisms have problems finding food. "It's like parents having to tell their young, 'We're not going to be able to feed you until Christmas, so hold your breath,'" says Donal Manahan.

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Are YOU cut out for Antarctica?

Because the Antarctic station is like no other workplace on Earth, researchers have to take a psychological test to make sure they are up to the challenge. Find out if you could work there — or if you'd be better off in the tropics!

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Drawing Dinos

Ever wonder how scientists can look at a bunch of bones and draw what a dinosaur looked like? Learn their five-step trick. Then, bring a Stegosaurus skeleton to life. 

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Survival in the Northeast Wilderness

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Squirrels aren't the only ones who can make a meal of acorns. You could, too, if you were lost in the woods without food. Get a lesson in wilderness survival from this Rhode Island ninth-grader.

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Cosmic Cookies

Did you know Jupiter's Great Red Spot is really a 300-year-old hurricane that's twice as wide as Earth? Find out more awesome facts. Then celebrate your cosmic smarts with a solar system of cookies.

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What's the Big Idea About Biodiversity?

It's the differences in this world that make all the difference! Find out why biodiversity is so important to our planet—and what you can do to help protect it.

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Curriculum Materials

Genetics Books

Solve a genetic mystery. Climb into a shrinking machine for an amazing expedition. And further explore the gene scene with these seven kid-friendly books.

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Curriculum Materials

Paleontology Books

Take a tour of evolution. Discover a dinosaur nesting ground in Patagonia. Travel in the Magic School Bus to Dinosaur Land. And dig up lots of dinosaur facts with these 12 kid-friendly books.

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Hands-on Activity

Mesozoic Museum

What would it be like to organize a dinosaur exhibit? Find out by creating your own miniature Mesozoic Museum. Don't forget to invite your friends and family to the opening! 

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