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Collecting the World:
Inside the Smithsonian

While the Smithsonian Natural History Museum has over 144 million objects in its collection, 99% of its treasure remains behind the scenes. Explore the secrets of the natural world through a myriad of drawers, jars, and a host of eager guardians.

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The Loneliest Tree in the World

The last known specimen of E. Woodii is a relic of an unimaginably different earth. Let the Palm House Supervisor at Kew Gardens, David Cooke, walk you through its Jurassic past and ‘unfrondly’ future.

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Changes in Matter

With humble hands and a charming curiosity, chemistry teacher-turned-sculptor, Bobby Jaber, recreates his elemental knowledge in physical form.

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Coral Reef Revival

From broken spirits to breaking science, Dr. David Vaughan revitalizes our hope for coral reefs with an accelerated coral growing technique that will leave you in pieces.

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Interfering Iridescence

When we look closely, what was once domestic can seem otherworldly. Go beyond the everyday with this incredible vision of iridescence in its simplest form.

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The Diatomist

A relic of artistry from the Victorian times, the painstaking arrangement of single-celled algae is the peculiar fascination of modern diatomist, Klaus Kemp.