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  • EarthViewer


    Click & Learn

    Download the accompanying student worksheet under "Downloads." What did Earth look like 250 million years ago? Or 1 billion years ago? Or 4.5 billion years ago? EarthViewer is an interactive tool that allows you to explore the science of Earth's deep history.

  • Firefly Pyrotechnics

    Firefly Pyrotechnics

    Image of the Week

    Most firefly species employ characteristic patterns of bioluminescent flashes to elicit responses from potential mates.

  • Asteroid Impact?

    Asteroid Impact?

    Image of the Week

    A living foraminifer, Orbulina universa, in the act of shortening its spines in preparation for gametogenesis.

  • The Shy Shark's Secret

    The Shy Shark's Secret

    Image of the Week

    The Chain catshark (Scyliorhinus retifer) fluoresces bright green when illuminated in blue light.

  • Winogradsky columns: Microbial ecology in the classroom

    Winogradsky columns: Microbial ecology in the classroom


    An activity that recreates zones of microbial activity in a glass column. To accompany the lecture series Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future.

  • Eavesdropping on Tiny Conspiracies

    Eavesdropping on Tiny Conspiracies


    (58 min 29 sec) The quorum sensing system is a target for a new class of drugs that interfere with virulence without killing bacteria.

  • Biodiversity at a Snail's Pace

    Biodiversity at a Snail's Pace


    (58 min 29 sec) Cone snails have evolved many different toxins for different uses. Total molecular biodiversity may number in the millions.