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Web Site of the Week: Smithsonian Science

The folks at the Smithsonian know a thing or two (thousand) about the world of science. This remarkable website brings together stories, photos, and videos of Smithsonian scientific research that “asks questions and explores issues relevant to today and pushes the boundaries of human knowledge.” Along the top of the page, visitors can explore five sections, including Featured, New Acquisitions, Book Review, Video, and Meet Our Scientists. The Video area is a good place to start, as it includes profiles of the “rarest orchid east of the Mississippi” and a nice commentary from planetary scientist Tom Watters on how he knows the moon is shrinking. Moving on, visitors can look through this vast cornucopia by using the Categories area on the lower right, which breaks things down into topical groups such as anthropology, conservation biology, and physics. For those who love a good science read, the Book Review section takes a thoughtful look into recent books dealing with topics like America’s Clovis culture and the history of sweeteners. [KMG]

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