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Profile: Lyman Spitzer and the Space Telescope

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Profile: Lyman Spitzer and the Space Telescope

The idea of launching a telescope into orbit was first suggested in 1923, but the idea wasn't realized until nearly 70 years later. Along the way, there were several obstacles and setbacks.

Profile: Fritz Zwicky's Extraordinary Vision

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Profile: Fritz Zwicky's Extraordinary Vision

Astronomer Fritz Zwicky was the first person to conceive of supernovas, neutron stars, dark matter, and gravitational lenses. So why don't more people know his name?

How the Sun Works

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How the Sun Works

Talk about a long-term power source. For billions and billions of years, the Sun has been giving off energy that equals 4 x 1026 watts. What keeps the Sun burning so bright?

Vietnam Educator's Guide Activity: Rice

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Vietnam Educator's Guide Activity: Rice

Rice grows on more than 80 percent of Vietnam's farmland and is the country's main agricultural export. Take a look at rice's many shapes and forms; then cook up something that has your favorite!

Vietnam Educator's Guide Activity: Holidays

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Vietnam Educator's Guide Activity: Holidays

What was once a harvest celebration in Vietnam has now become a holiday celebrating children, with toys, masks, and lanterns. Investigate the changing nature of holidays.

For Educators

Educator Guide

For Educators

This comprehensive guide to the museum's Einstein exhibition includes information about the scientist's extraordinary life and theme-based tours through the exhibit.

A Conversation with Jacques Malavieille

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A Conversation with Jacques Malavieille

The mountain-building processes of folding and faulting take many millennia on Earth—and a matter of minutes in the lab. Learn how even small models provide a big-picture view of our dynamic world.

Zircon Chronology: Dating the Oldest Material on Earth

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Zircon Chronology: Dating the Oldest Material on Earth

The mineral zircon serves as a tiny time capsule, recording geologic events—it's especially useful because the oldest discovered grains (4.2 billion to 4.3 billion years old) are not much younger than the Earth itself.

James Hutton: The Founder of Modern Geology

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James Hutton: The Founder of Modern Geology

Until the late 18th century, most people believed the Earth was about 6,000 years old. Hutton changed this belief by proposing that geologic forces operate at the same rate today as in the past.

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