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Operation: The Human Genome Project

As you wander through this exhibit by a Wisconsin 11th-grader, you'll be introduced to the Human Genome Project, the scientific benefits it will bring, and the bioethical issues this research raises.

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Antarctica's Early Explorers

The first time Manahan walked into Scott's primitive 1902 hut, still sitting out on the Antarctic ice, he couldn't help but see how similar their work was despite their very different base camps.

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Microorganisms in Antarctic Seas

During the winter, the sea ice off Antarctica covers an area so big that it's actually the largest continuous habitat on Earth. The algae that live there produce 25 percent of all oxygen on the planet.

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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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