A recent study provides the first evidence that global traffic in wildlife and wildlife products poses a significant health risk to humans. Analysis of illegal wildlife products confiscated at U.S. airports confirmed the presence of highly contagious diseases. The majority of emerging infectious diseases originate in wildlife, and contact with wildlife contributes to the spread of pathogens in human populations worldwide. With millions of live wild animals and wildlife products entering the United States each year, this study demonstrates the necessity of refining methods for identifying infectious diseases in wildlife.
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Watch the 2010 El Niño switch quickly to a strong La Niña, and the resulting wild weather, in this data visualization by AMNH Science Bulletins. For background information, educational resources, and more, visit El Niño to La Niña on the Science Bulletins Web site:http://www.amnh.org/sciencebulletins/
Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History. This visualization was produced with the support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Go beyond the basics of field study—use math and science skills and dig in the dirt! Students learn how to count plants as part of a study of local biodiversity and calculating biodiversity indexes.
Major highways that connect Los Angeles and Las Vegas run through major habitats of bighorn sheep. These highways allow travel between Los Angeles and Las Vegas in just four hours, but what do they mean for the sheep?
Video, Educator Guide
Video profile of Dr. Clinton Epps, who studies bighorn sheep populations. Includes discussion questions about scientific practice and how scientists use DNA to study populations.
In winter, salt is regularly applied to melt ice on roads in the Northeast. But road salt runoff drains into streams and drinking water. Scientists have been testing freshwater in three regions of the Northeast for thirty years. The salt buildup has made some urban, suburban, and rural streams 25 percent as salty as seawater.
Did you know that when you look at a star, your eyes are capturing light that traveled all the way from the star to your eye? Learn more about how light carries information from distant objects.
White light is a mixture of all colors of visible light, but it doesn't always include every color of the rainbow. Build a spectroscope, and view the spectral fingerprints of different light sources.
It probably comes as no surprise that telescopes do a better job of collecting light and observing outer space than your eyes. But do you know why? (Hint: the answer is NOT magnification!)
Living on land as we do, it's easy to forget this is a water planet. Yet life appeared about 3.5 billion years ago in the ocean, and instead of leaving, most things stayed there.
What makes a great diorama? Learn how this museum artist had to develop new techniques in order to create background paintings.
When in comes to breathing under water, marine organisms breathe in different ways. Some absorb oxygen through their skin, some rely on gills, and others gulp air into their gas bladders.
Hands-on Activity, Classroom Activity
Natural selection plays a large role in the evolution of a species. The following activity demonstrates this concept.