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14 Fun Facts About Penguins
Which penguin swims the fastest? Do penguins have teeth? Why do penguins sneeze? And how is penguin poop useful? If you’re curious, read this Smithsonian magazine article to find the answers.
Penguins: Popularity, Peril and Poop
Penguins are odd and beloved birds. Invite students to watch this video from the National Museum of Natural History to learn facts about penguins and why these strange birds can be described as the proverbial canary in the coal mine of our oceans.
The Complicated Calculus of Counting Emperor Penguins
Can satellite imagery determine how many Emperor penguins are left in the world? Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn about the scientists who journeyed to the icy bottom of Earth to find out.
Bird Extinctions in Recent Geologic Time
This teaching resource from the National Museum of Natural History explores everything from the human influences on bird populations to the technology ornithologists use to study and protect bird species. Use the videos, webcasts, lessons and online activities to help students investigate penguins and other bird species that are under threat today.
What Ultra High-Speed Penguin Footage Reveals About Pliosaurs
Watch this Smithsonian Channel video to learn how biomechanics experts used their observations of penguins to understand how a 45-foot-long underwater prehistoric predator kept up with its prey.
As Oceans Warm, Little Penguins Are Left Hungry
Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn about the world’s smallest penguin, which is struggling to find fish in warmer waters.
Efforts to Save the African Penguin
With populations in steep decline, researchers are raising African penguins and releasing them into the wild. Watch this video, courtesy of Smithsonian magazine, to learn about their conservation efforts.
X-Rays Show that Van Gogh’s "Sunflowers" Will One Day Wilt
A new analysis shows that half of the canvas held in Amsterdam is painted with pigments that darken with exposure to UV light. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn more.
How Does Your Art Function?
People create art for many reasons. Most works belong to one of the three broad categories: practical, cultural or personal. In this lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, students will develop an understanding of each by identifying art in the world around us. They will then use the design process to create a work of art that serves a specific need to people.
Mystery Files: The Many Layers of the Mona Lisa
Watch this Smithsonian Channel video to learn how experts can now use a high-tech camera and deconstruct the Mona Lisa to reveal Leonardo da Vinci’s process.