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Learn more about how science works as you follow Walter Alvarez and team on a journey of discovery toward solving the mystery of the dinosaur extinction.
Compare astrology to the key traits that make science science to see how it measures up.
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This 10-minute video uses the Understanding Science flowchart to describe how a team of scientists investigates climate change throughout Earth's history with ocean sediment cores.
Find out how the scientific community discovers and deals with fraud and bad scientific behavior in the story of Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann's "discovery" of cold fusion.
Learn how science takes advantage of natural experiments in this short reader on the theory of relativity.
See how Ernest Rutherford's investigations of atomic structure measure up against key traits of the scientific enterprise.
Paleontologist Anna Holden explains how her research on fossil insects relates to conservation and climate change.
Learn how science tests hypotheses and assumptions in different combinations, using an example from the history of astronomy.
Find out how microbiologist Lynn Margulis developed an unlikely idea that overcame strong resistance within the scientific community to become an accepted part of evolutionary theory.
For paleontologist Anna Holden, answering one question about the climate of ancient Southern California led to more questions.
Explore the traits of astronomer Henrietta Leavitt's studies of variable stars that make it part of science.
Explore this case study to see how scientists can (and can't!) investigate acupuncture and how this all relates to the nature of science.
Learn about experimental design in the field of medicine.
Animated characters introduce the scientific journey that uncovered the cause of the dinosaur extinction in a 10-minute video.
Paleontologist Anna Holden explains how her background shaped her interest in fossil insects.
Find out how physicists designed fair tests to study the theory of relativity.
Paleontologist Anna Holden explains how evidence from fossil insects led her to question previous ideas about the climate of southern California.
Find out how paleontologists design fair tests to study hypotheses about ancient extinction events.
Follow a group of scientists as they work together to understand - and then help fix - a problem that threatens the future of the planet: a hole in the ozone layer.
Explore an investigation of cold fusion to learn what traits of good science it has - and lacks!
Learn about the investigation of the hole in the ozone layer to see what makes it scientific.
See how how technological and scientific advances propel one another forward through an example that connects the cathode ray tube to modern DNA technologies.
Paleontologist Anna Holden explains how she reevaluated previous assumptions about the fossils and ancient climate of southern California.
Sedimentologist Liselle Persad explains how she asks and investigates questions about sand on the seafloor.
Learn about modeling in this advanced research profile on evolutionary genetics.
Learn about an investigation of animal navigation to see what makes it scientific.
Learn about test design in science using an example from everyday life: comparing chocolate chip cookie recipes.
Learn about the investigation of DNA's double helix to see what makes it scientific.
Sedimentologist Liselle Persad explains how growing up in the Caribbean shaped her science.
Compare Intelligent Design to the key traits that make science science to see how it measures up.
This 5-minute video follows biologists through the Understanding Science flowchart as they investigate an unfamiliar species of spider.
Follow the intertwined paths of Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and others that contributed ideas and evidence to the discovery of DNA's double helix.
Learn about the principle of parsimony through investigations of animal vision.
Explore this case study to see how scientists have investigated ESP and what they've found.
Biologist Maria Viteri uses data she collected herself, as well as evidence collected by other scientists for other projects, to better understand how animals are affected by humans living near them.
Sedimentologist Liselle Persad explains how she uses observational tools.
Paleontologist Anna Holden explains how she uses social media to collaborate with scientists around the world on her fossil insect research.
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