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Why Classify?
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Why Classify?

Whether categorizing animals, rocks, stars, or elements, scientific classification does more than just organize information. Classifying things can help scientists better understand the underlying patterns within the mess.

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Classify Galaxies

Classify Galaxies

Help astronomers by classifying galaxies according to their shapes. You might be the first person ever to examine the galaxy you're looking at. More...

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Galaxy Zoo
Variation and Classification

Variation and Classification

We all belong to the species Homo sapiens, but we are not all the same. Explore how scientists classify living things based on common traits — and how traits vary within a species. More...

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BBC
Why Isn’t Pluto a Planet Any More?

Why Isn’t Pluto a Planet Any More?

The decision to change Pluto's status to "dwarf planet" surprised many people, but scientists had some good reasons for making the switch. Dr. Robert Hurt explains. More...

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NASA
Building a Better Snowflake: An Interview with Kenneth Libbrecht

Building a Better Snowflake: An Interview with Kenneth Libbrecht

He may live in sunny California, but this Caltech professor studies ice and snow. Take a look at his work classifying snowflake types in order to understand the physics of ice crystals. More...

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Cabinet Magazine
Sized Matter: Perception of the Extreme Unseen

Sized Matter: Perception of the Extreme Unseen

Scientists discovered the characteristics of subatomic particles, but they had no way to graphically represent them... That is, until Jan-Henrik Andersen created this visual system. More...

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Jan-Henrik Andersen
The Ultimate Field Guide to Subatomic Particles

The Ultimate Field Guide to Subatomic Particles

Quarks of every flavor, bosons, electrons, neutrinos, and other leptons — explore them all in this simple guide to the elementary particles. More...

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io9
Classification of Matter

Classification of Matter

Element, compound, mixture... The differences matter when you're classifying matter. This video explains. More...

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GPB Television
Elements as Building Blocks

Elements as Building Blocks

The periodic table is more than just a list of the elements. The rows and columns of the table organize the elements based on their atomic structures. More...

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Chem4Kids.com
How Do Scientists Classify Living Things

How Do Scientists Classify Living Things

Biologists classify living things at many levels, from the broadest category, kingdoms, down to individual species. See how the process works with this interactive. More...

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Linnaeus the Name Giver

Linnaeus the Name Giver

Botanist Carl Linnaeus made it his life's work to classify plants and animals. Often called the father of taxonomy, he named our species and many others over 300 years ago. More...

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National Geographic
Rocks: Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary

Rocks: Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary

A rock is not just a rock. Geologists classify rocks based on where they came from and how they were made. More...

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Geology.com
The Six Types of Chemical Reaction

The Six Types of Chemical Reaction

Zillions of possible chemical reactions can be classified into six specific categories.
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Mr. Guch Explains
Types of Stars

Types of Stars

A star's classification indicates its surface temperature, size and more. Explore how to classify stars with this interactive. More...

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MrNussbaum.com

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