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Smithsonian 3-D Digitization coordinators Adam Metallo, left, and Vince Rossi use 3-D technology to scan a fossilized whale discovered beside the Pan American Highway in the Atacama Desert near Caldera, Chile. The Smithsonian launched a new 3D viewer online to give people a closer look at artifacts in their own homes.

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Smithsonian makes push in 3D imaging of artifacts

With most of its 137 million objects kept behind the scenes or in a faraway museum, the Smithsonian Institution is launching a new 3D scanning and printing initiative to make more of its massive collection accessible to schools, researchers and the public worldwide.

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