Smithsonian Science Education Center

The Panamanian golden frog is in the toad family. Toads usually have dry skin compared to other frogs. (Brian Gratwicke, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)
This is a replica of an early telegraph key used by Morse and Vail. (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)

Morse Code Day | Messages on a Wire

April 23rd, 2018, 10:23AM
New evidence has made scientists rethink sauropods as being purely land dwellers. (dottedhippo/iStock/Thinkstock)
Goodall extends a hand to Flint, a young chimpanzee growing up in Gombe National Park.  (Baron Hugo van Lawick)
World Water Day is March 22.
Why does a curling stone curl?

Why Does a Curling Stone Curl?

February 7th, 2018, 3:43PM
The V flying position is important to increase distance. (Image: Ben Pieper Photography)
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