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The Formation of the Solar System

About 4.6 billion years ago, our solar system came into being. This comic strip explains the processes that led to the creation of the planets and the asteroid belt. 

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Cosmic Chemistry

What happened after the Big Bang? This comic strip explains the interactions that lead to the creation of stars, planetary nebulas, and supernovas. 

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Cosmic Chemistry

What happened after the Big Bang? This comic strip explains the interactions that lead to the creation of stars, planetary nebulas, and supernovas. 

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

¡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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