Smithsonian Science Education Center

There are scientific investigations into whether animals use the Sun and Moon, Earth’s magnetic field, or recognition of landmarks to repeat their long journeys. (chantalrutledge/iStock/Thinkstock)

How Do Birds Navigate?

January 4th, 2018, 2:43PM
Around December 21, the Northern Hemisphere tilts the farthest away from the Sun. This is called the northern winter solstice, and it is when we have the least amount of daylight of any time of the year.

What is the Winter Solstice?

December 20th, 2017, 10:26AM
Joseph Henry (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-BH824-4499)

Joseph Henry: The Father of Weather Forecasting (And the First Smithsonian Secretary!)

December 11th, 2017, 3:48PM
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Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?

November 8th, 2017, 1:54PM
How much do you know about water?

How Much Do You Know About Water?

October 2nd, 2017, 2:33PM
A nocturnal Swallow-tailed Gull sneaks in an afternoon nap, purposefully placing its beak atop its back and under its feathers to rest its neck and stay warm. (Matthew Williams)
Starfish and other echinoderms are extremely important to the biodiversity of our oceans. (Image: Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Thinkstock)

All About Starfish

September 6th, 2017, 10:09AM
(Photo credit: Marjee Chmiel/Smithsonian Science Education Center)

Your Best Friends’ Genes

March 29th, 2016, 1:11PM
Next time you enjoy some creamy ice cream or zesty salad dressing, thank kelp! (Photo credit: Velvetfish/iStock/Thinkstock)

What Does All-Natural Mean?

January 21st, 2016, 12:46PM
Photo credit: Smithsonian Science Education Center

Am I Left or Right Brained?

September 25th, 2015, 4:54PM