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In the realm of science, ant farms and volcanoes breathe, caves hide primordial rivers and rocks whisper of the birth of stars, and the only limit on the wonders of the natural world is your imagination. Join the Smithsonian's Senate of Scientists from the National Museum of Natural History as they present the depth and breadth of their extraordinary research in 6 minutes followed by a short Q&A session.

Two new videos to this collection will be added weekly, so stay tuned!

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In the realm of science, ant farms and volcanoes breathe, caves hide primordial rivers and rocks whisper of the birth of stars, and the only limit on the wonders of the natural world is your imagination. Join the Smithsonian's Senate of Scientists from the National Museum of Natural History as they present the depth and breadth of their extraordinary research in 6 minutes followed by a short Q&A session.

Two new videos to this collection will be added weekly, so stay tuned!

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    The Dawn Mission to Asteroid 4 Vesta

    The Dawn Mission to Asteroid 4 Vesta

    Travel to an asteroid and learn about planetary formation early in the Solar System's history. Andrew Beck presents data and images from NASA’s Dawn Mission, looking into Vesta’s history as a proto-planet and how surface deposits of volatiles indicate collision with another body

    • 7 分鐘
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    The Evolution of Agriculture in Ants

    The Evolution of Agriculture in Ants

    When Ted Schultz was a kid his mom gave him a book called The World of Ants, which taught him that ants do many of the same complicated things that humans do. The one that amazed Ted the most was agriculture. Somehow he never forgot that and now, many years later, he is in the Department of Entomology, trying to figure out how ants invented agriculture 45 million years before humans appeared on planet Earth.

    • 8 分鐘
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    Volcanology at the Smithsonian: Experimental Insights and Direct Observations

    Volcanology at the Smithsonian: Experimental Insights and Direct Observations

    What does a volcano look like below ground? Red-hot liquid rock and toxic ash plumes aren’t exactly the ideal working conditions for answering that question. So scientists are recreating volcanoes in a lab to discover the secrets of these awesome forces of nature. Dr. Ben Andrews from the Smithsonian's Mineral Sciences department reveals the dangerous beauty of volcanoes in this lightning talk given to the Smithsonian Senate of Scientists.

    • 7 分鐘
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    Science and EOL: Yes We Can!

    Science and EOL: Yes We Can!

    Imagine a vast, public library of every living organism on the planet. Cyndy Parr is a Behavioral Ecologist now leading the Species Pages Group on a project called the Encyclopedia of Life, which attempts to catalogue every known species using synthesized scientific databases and popular crowd-sourced websites like Flickr. See how the Encyclopedia of Life has the potential to change how scientists conduct research in this lightning talk given to the Smithsonian’s Senate of Scientists

    • 9 分鐘
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    There's No Place Like Home: Biogeography in Evolution and Conservation

    There's No Place Like Home: Biogeography in Evolution and Conservation

    If I say Panda, you say China. If you say Australia, I say Kangaroo. Lynne Parenti of the NMNH Department of Vertebrate Zoology discusses the relationship of endemism, or an organism’s geographic uniqueness, to geological history. Learn how conservation policy can be guided by patterns of endemism to maximize conserving biogeographic diversity in this lightning talk given to the Smithsonian’s Senate of Scientists.

    • 6 分鐘
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    Return with us now to the thrilling days of the Pleistocene

    Return with us now to the thrilling days of the Pleistocene

    Archeologist, Stephen Loring, connects the present lifeways of the Innu in northern Labrador with the past environment of the Pleisocene, and the cultural practices of the earliest Paleoindians of North America. The Innu, and their traditional relationship to Caribou provide a perspective on the subsistence practices of early North American Paleoindian bands.

    • 7 分鐘

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