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Agricultural Genetic Engineering

Are the tomatoes, cheese, and carrots on your table genetically engineered? And if so, why should you care? Wander the aisles of this engaging exhibit, imagined by a 10th-grader from Rhode Island.

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The Circle of the Food Chain and Decomposition

This seventh-grader from Mississippi asked, when it comes to planting a garden, isn't dirt just dirt? Find out what she learned by digging into the study of decomposition and making compost.

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The Indian Ricegrass

For most animals that forage in the southwestern U.S., Indian ricegrass is their number one food choice. This 12th-grader from Arizona asks, what's the best way to monitor it and prevent overgrazing?

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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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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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Sea Ice in Antarctica

This Connecticut teacher traveled to Antarctica to research ice cores. Learn more about the time she spent on an icebreaker and why she's continuing to study sea ice in a graduate program.

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