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¡Que Vivan las Serpientes Muertas!

"What can I do for a decent science fair project?" See how this 12th-grader from Ohio turned his answer to this common question—a road mortality survey of snakes—into a four-year study and a published paper. 

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Planet Protectors

Earth Day is a good time to reflect on the health of our planet. Museum scientists and Science World readers shared their plans to go green. 

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Scorpions: Friend or Foe?

Did you know a scorpion can control how much venom it produces in its stinger? Meet a scientist who's discovered more than 70 species of scorpions and find out what he's learned about them. 

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DNA Detective

George Amato, a conservation geneticist at the AMNH, studies natural history and endangered species. But when crime threatens rare animals, the scientist turns sleuth and his lab turns forensics to crack the case. 

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Fossil Finds

Travel to Seymour Island, Antarctica, with Ross MacPhee, the Museum's curator of the Division of Vertebrate Zoology, as he scours the area for geologic clues to Earth’s history.

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Interferometry: Sizing Up the Stars

If technology, cost, and terrain permitted, scientists seeking key data on stars in our galaxy would have loved to construct a behemoth 330 m wide telescope atop Mount Wilson, just northeast of Los Angeles. Instead, they arranged six smaller telescopes over an identical area, synchronizing the light to achieve an equally superlative resolution. Called the Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA), the array uses the technique of interferometry to spot details the size of a nickel seen from 16,000 km away. Hear from project astronomers why the labyrinthine engineering required for CHARA's renowned precision is a small sacrifice for the valuable data it gleans on the properties and life cycles of stars.

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