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Yamini Srikanth

Yamini's (he/they) interests lie in environmental education, science communication and trying to build a better world. When not languishing in front of his laptop, they can be found outside, poking at any insect, bird or plant. They love making science accessible, especially to those who aren't encouraged to pursue it. Yamini hopes that the young women who read Smore love learning from their articles and get just a little bit more excited about science!

The regular, repeating pattern of hexagons

Fractals in Nature

Infinitely repeating patterns can be found anywhere you look

Table of Contents Learn about the surprising mix of math and nature A fractal is nothing but an infinitely repeating pattern. Imagine a triangle. Each triangle is part of a larger triangle which is part of a larger triangle… and so on. A fractal pattern is made up of these smaller patterns, each of which …

Fractals in Nature

Infinitely repeating patterns can be found anywhere you look

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The basenji breed

How Did Wolves Become Dogs?

Learn about the journey of man’s best friend

When you look at a dog, especially a dog like a Pomeranian or dachshund, it’s hard to imagine that it came from the wolf. How did this transformation take place? The connection between dogs and humans is highlighted by the scientific name of the domestic dog: Canis familiaris. From tiny Chihuahuas to massive Great Danes, …

How Did Wolves Become Dogs?

Learn about the journey of man’s best friend

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Why is DNA Called the Blueprint of Life?

One molecule tells almost every living thing exactly what it is. How does DNA encode all the information necessary to make a living being?

Table of Contents DNA exists in every living thing except some viruses. DNA is a long molecule that builds everything from the smallest fungus on the forest floor to the cells making the beating heart of a blue whale. The strangest aspect of DNA is that the DNA in the fungus and the DNA in …

Why is DNA Called the Blueprint of Life?

One molecule tells almost every living thing exactly what it is. How does DNA encode all the information necessary to make a living being?

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Some of the main plates that make up the Earth’s crust

What is the Theory of Plate Tectonics?

Our familiar continents didn’t always exist!

From Pangea and Gondwana to Africa and Australia—how and why does the world keep changing?   If you have ever looked at a world map really carefully, you may have noticed that Africa and South America look like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The continents seem to fit together. Why is this the case? Table …

What is the Theory of Plate Tectonics?

Our familiar continents didn’t always exist!

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Where Does Oxygen Come From?

The microscopic organisms phytoplankton make a big change to the Earth’s atmosphere!

Phytoplankton produce oxygen through photosynthesis, allowing organisms like us to breathe and survive.   We often imagine the deep blue sea as a long, unchanging expanse. In reality, this intricate ecosystem varies wildly from coast to coast, as well as from the surface to the hidden depths. Ocean currents are massive forces, blending and churning …

Where Does Oxygen Come From?

The microscopic organisms phytoplankton make a big change to the Earth’s atmosphere!

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Best Stargazing Apps For Your Phone

Learn easy ways to understand the cosmos.

The deep night sky can be confusing and overwhelming if you don’t know what to look for, but stargazing apps can help us find our way. Constellations have fascinated humans for centuries. From the Greeks, to the Romans, to modern astronomers, the patterns of these stars have been given different shapes and names. People stargaze …

Best Stargazing Apps For Your Phone

Learn easy ways to understand the cosmos.

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An ant colony

Do Ants Have Brains?

Life with only a tiny brain might not be as bad as it seems

Ants make complex, fascinating decisions—how do they do this with tiny brains? Table of Contents Download Ant Anatomy Poster Are Ants Smart? When we ask about intelligence for any organism, we must consider what intelligence means. We can’t even answer this for humans! Is it scoring a perfect 2400 on the SAT? Or is it …

Do Ants Have Brains?

Life with only a tiny brain might not be as bad as it seems

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Winogradsky Column : Make a Bacterial Art Installation

Create a window into the world of bacteria

A Winogradsky column is a beautiful way to observe and learn more about bacteria all around us Table of Contents The World in Miniature Microbes are an important but often ignored part of life around us. The word microbes or micro-organisms encompasses all bacteria, viruses, and fungi. One microbe alone is invisible to the naked …

Winogradsky Column : Make a Bacterial Art Installation

Create a window into the world of bacteria

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A modified submarine

Marvels of the Ocean Floor

Learn about the startling features hidden in the deep blue

The depths of the ocean are mysterious and unexplored, but we know it contains incredible things. Table of Contents Features of the Ocean Floor The deep blue ocean covers an incredible 70% of the Earth’s surface. It connects all the landmasses, is an important source of food, and it is still the way most goods …

Marvels of the Ocean Floor

Learn about the startling features hidden in the deep blue

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How Did Darwin Predict the Existence of a Moth?

Traits from one organism can clue us in on the traits of other organisms

Fantastical traits like foot-long tongues can arise from coevolution. Darwin guessed the existence of a new species based on the traits of one species! Coevolution is fairly common in nature, though not always as odd. Table of Contents The History of the Star Orchid In London, one fateful day in 1862, Charles Darwin, the father …

How Did Darwin Predict the Existence of a Moth?

Traits from one organism can clue us in on the traits of other organisms

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