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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The World Through a Bat's Ears

This 10th-grader from New York first became fascinated with bats when she observed their "magical movements" in Israel's Negev Desert as a young child. Trek with her to Ontario to study their behavioral ecology.

Curriculum Materials

Lizards & Snakes Online Resources

Search a database with more than 8,300 reptile species. Learn about amphibian biology and conservation. Review the evolutionary history of squamates. And find hands-on science activities.

Yellowstone: Monitoring the Fire Below

Science Bulletin

Yellowstone: Monitoring the Fire Below

Three of the most catastrophic volcanic eruptions in geologic history occurred at a place now visited by nearly four million people a year: Yellowstone National Park. The magma chamber responsible still lies beneath, and continues to steam, heat, and shift the park landscape. Science Bulletins talks with the geologists regularly monitoring these disquieting signals to understand where this active region lies in its volcanic life span.

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Curriculum Materials

GOLD Online Resources

Explore the McLaughlin gold mine in Northern California. See the first metal coins, which were created in the Middle East around 600 BC. And investigate the properties of gold.

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Curriculum Materials

Exploring Bolivia's Biodiversity

Bolivia’s diversity of animal and plant life is among the greatest in the world. Learn why the country has designated more than 17 percent of its land as protected areas.

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Climate Change: The Multiplier Effect

How much can you reduce your carbon dioxide emissions? Is it worth it? Learn how simple choices multiplied by everyone in your community can make a big difference.

Messenger: Mission to Mercury

Science Bulletin

MESSENGER: Mission to Mercury

The MESSENGER orbiter's January 2008 flyby of the planet Mercury was historic. The last time a spacecraft visited was 1975, and it only mapped half the planet. MESSENGER is now sending back a complete picture of Mercury, shedding light on its geological history. But the ongoing mission will return much more than images. Its data on the planet's core, magnetic field, composition, and other attributes will help scientists answer pressing questions about the evolution of the terrestrial planets and even the Solar System itself. In the feature video, watch the MESSENGER science team react as the orbiter's first images of Mercury roll in. To explore the images in detail, click on the slide show at left. Find out more on the mission by clicking on the essay "First Planet Finishes Last."

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Activity

How Greenhouse Gases Absorb Heat

In this experiment students will observe two model atmospheres to understand how greenhouse gases absorb and hold heat. 

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Activity

Using Solar Energy

After having students conduct a simple solar energy experiment, challenge them to build a better water heater with this classroom competition.

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