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Slideshows & Photo Galleries

Slideshows and photo galleries take you behind the scenes--in a chemistry lab, out in the field with paleontologists, and inside a termite colony--to see and hear science, in action.

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Welcome to the Family

December 22, 2010

Researchers have discovered evidence of a distinct group of "archaic" humans existing outside of Africa more than 30,000 years ago at a time when Neanderthals are thought to have dominated Europe and Asia. Genetic testing shows that members of this new group were not Neanderthals, and they interbred with the ancestors of some modern humans who are alive today.

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September 20, 2010

Snowmelt provides about 80 percent of the water that turns into runoff in the upper Colorado River basin. Researchers Tom Painter and Christopher Landry are interested in dust because it has a lot to do with how the snow melts. When dust settles on snow, the snow is darker in color and, therefore, absorbs more sunlight. That, in turn, heats up the snow.

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Feasts at a Funeral

August 30, 2010

Some 14,500 to 11,500 years ago, the Natufian people were the first to settle into permanent communities. Recovered animal remains from the Hilazon Tachtit Cave burial site led researchers to conclude feasts may have played a role in their transition from hunting and gathering.

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Scientist at Work: Christopher J. Raxworthy

August 30, 2010

Christopher J. Raxworthy, a herpetologist at the American Museum of Natural History, talks briefly about his research and his latest trip to Madagascar.

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The World Was Our Oyster

April 19, 2010

Increasing human-caused carbon dioxide is acidifying the oceans and corroding the shells of organisms such as the larval and juvenile Olympia oysters native to the U.S. West Coast.

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Dismantling the Dome

March 9 , 2010

Story of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station dome from construction during the 1970-1971 Southern hemisphere summer to its deconstruction during the 2009-2010 summer.

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Going Back to Birds' Beginnings

January 28, 2010

A Jurassic dinosaur fossil represents a new species, and finally sorts out a puzzling enigma: Were they dinosaurs, or birds?

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