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IBM: Programming and Poetry
This article reviews a Poetry vs. Programming panel sponsored by IBM to continue a 2004 discussion from the Innovation Days speaker series. Panel participants, which included poets Thomas Lux and Vijay Seshadri, and IBM researchers John Richards, Josh Scribner and John Vlissides, discussed whether or not "writing code is like writing poetry." The panel was also broadcast to IBM's U.S. labs. The author provides quotes from the participants and describes the conversation as “lively and dynamic.”
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Wetlands International: Ramsar Sites Database Service
One significant outcome of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (an intergovernmental conservation treaty signed in 1971, in Ramsar, Iran) was the development of the Ramsar Sites, or Wetlands of International Importance. Managed by Wetlands International, the Ramsar Sites Database Service provides concise information about each Ramsar Site and also allows visitors to examine "Ramsar Sites across geographic and thematic boundaries, useful and necessary for maintaining an overview of a global network
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Chicago Museum of Science and Industry: 2005 Black Creativity
From Jan. 14 to Feb. 28, 2005, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is featuring 2005 Black Creativity as part of the Engineering the Future exhibit, where visitors can “unlock the secrets of amazing engineering feats.” The exhibit highlights “engineering superheroes” and explains the science behind accomplishments of these African American engineers. Visitors are encouraged to join comic-book personalities to solve “a variety of fun, interactive engineering challenges.” This website
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AMS: Math in the Media
Math in the Media is a monthly publication of the American Mathematical Society. Writer Tony Phillips reviews and summarizes stories about math found in publications such as the New York Times and Time magazine. Another section includes reviews of books, plays, movies and television shows that are related to mathematics. Also featured is an “image of the month” and regular feature column from AMS, which at the time of this report addressed the topic Euler's Polyhedral Formula.
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Appetizers and Lessons for Mathematics and Reason: Linear Equations
This section of the website, Appetizers and Lessons for Mathematics and Reason, written by Alan Selby, PD. (see also Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, May 24, 2002) offers lesson ideas for teaching linear equations in high school or college. The approach uses stick diagrams to solve linear equations because they "provide a concrete or visual context for many of the rules or patterns for solving equations, a context that may develop equation solving skills and confidence." The i
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The Universal Troubleshooting Process
The Universal Troubleshooting Process (UTP) is an abbreviated version of the book Troubleshooting Techniques of the Successful Technologist by Steve Litt. UTP consists of ten steps designed to help modern workers diagnose the system in question and ultimately repair it. The process is very general and can be applied to virtually any well-defined system. Each step of the process is carefully outlined and can be easily followed. The Web site also has links to applicable articles from Steve Litt's
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Energy Star: Prepare for Summer Now With a More Energy Efficient System
As summer approaches, energy providers are preparing for the few days per year when their systems will be pushed to the limit. To help reduce the enormous electricity demand from air conditioners, people can follow several tips on energy conservation given on this site. A number of informative guides and fact sheets explain proper maintenance and usage practices that can help to maximize energy efficiency. A particularly interesting document is the Home Heating and Cooling Tutorial, which illust
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USGS Fact Sheets
As part of the US Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Resource Division, the USGS Fact Sheet Web site provides a full listing of scientific publications listed by state. The reports span water and non-water related topics with coverage that includes Coal Resource Assessments in the Northern and Central Appalachian Coal Region, The San Francisco Volcanic Field, Arizona, Pesticides in Ground Water, and Springs in Florida. The dozens of reports are either viewed online or downloadable and, although pr
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Eureka County, Nevada: Nuclear Waste Page
Yucca Mountain in south central Nevada is the site of a governmental project for long-term storage of radioactive waste. Although it is a highly controversial subject, the project, if approved and completed, will certainly be an engineering marvel. A tunnel to a massive repository deep under the mountain is expected to take several years and cost billions of dollars. The Nuclear Waste Page of Eureka County has continually updated reports about the status of the project, pictures and maps of the
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KidsAstronomy.com
KidsAstronomy.com was created by astronomy buff and elementary school teacher Hiram Bertoch. Her goal of creating a kid friendly Web site that is balanced between text and tech was definitely achieved. Interactive, visually pleasant, and content rich, the site provides kids a great learning resource that is fun to explore. One of the activities "How Big is the Universe" shows a picture of a man in the grass and lets you zoom out by powers of ten to finally see the whole universe. Teachers will a
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Environmental Services
The MyFlorida.com Environmental Services governmental Web site contains a wealth of information, data, and publications. Physical science topics include air resources, beach and coastal information, geology, GIS, waste management, and water resources. A great source for state specific research information.
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Welcome to the World's Longest Tunnel Page
This Web site contains information on hundreds of the world's longest tunnels. There are four main categories that list facts about road, subsea, railway, and canal tunnels. Each of these sections can be browsed in its entirety or separated into individual countries. The data is presented in tables and includes years of construction, length, depth, and gradient. Future projects are also shown, and many of the tunnels have links to sites with further information. A problem with the site is that n
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Nebraska Earth Science Education Network
The Nebraska Earth Science Education Network has as one of its objectives to promote and enhance K-12 earth science education. The Web site provides lesson plans on various subjects including astronomy, geology, mapping, soils, water, and weather. Each submitted lesson gives a recommended grade level and contains objectives, materials needed, procedures, and conclusions, depending on the activity. The site is a great resource that provides unique and original information from teachers for teache
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Chemguide
The Chemguide Web site is written and maintained by chemistry teacher and author Jim Clark. In his goal to help students better understand chemistry concepts, he offers several topics that include Atomic Structure and Bonding, Inorganic Chemistry, Basic Organic Chemistry, Organic Reaction Mechanisms, Instrumental Analysis, and Chemistry Calculations. The pages offer descriptions and illustrations, which, although may not give wide ranging information, can be a good supplemental source for studen
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Popular Science: Best of What's New, 2003
Each year Popular Science selects new and emerging technologies that have profound implications in several different categories. The Best of What's New for 2003 explores innovations in aviation and space, computing, home technology, and engineering. A particularly interesting item is the SpaceShipOne rocket plane, which is one of the leading contenders to successfully demonstrate a cheap, reliable method of escaping Earth's atmosphere. Another featured technology is the newest standard for wirel
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Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe
NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe mission attempts to reveal conditions as they existed in the early universe by measuring the properties of the cosmic microwave background radiation over the full sky. Visitors can learn more about the particulars of the mission, explore the subjects of cosmology and the "Big Bang Theory" on the Universe link, view images of the probe and its launch in June 2001, and study the first detailed full-sky map of the oldest light in the universe. Although it
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Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study
The Bermuda Atlantic Time-series study (BATS) was initiated to collect oceanographic data over significantly long time periods. At this website, researchers will find BATS and hydrostation data dealing with hydrographic, chemical, and biological parameters throughout the water column for sites in the Sargasso Sea. Visitors can learn about the first BATS station, Hydrostation S, which was initiated in 1954 by Dr. Henry M. Stommel and has been visited biweekly almost continuously ever since. The w
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Channel Tunnel Rail Link
The Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), scheduled for completion in 2006, is "Britain's first major new railway for over a century - a high-speed line running for 109km (68 miles)." It is coined as the UK's biggest civil engineering project, largely due to the fact that it will make roughly a quarter of its route underground in a tunnel. The CTRL home page has a great deal of information about the massive undertaking, including construction photos, environmental and progress reports, and a chronolo
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National Imagery and Mapping Agency
The National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) "provides timely, relevant, and accurate Geospatial Intelligence in support of national security." NIMA's Web site has a wide range of resources in this area, including detailed interactive maps, public access to databases, and publications. The Geospatial Engine, for example, allows custom views of almost any area in the world from regional to local perspectives. An online guide to geodesy provides visitors with an introduction to surveying techniq
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Prime Curios!
The University of Tennessee at Martin has one of the most expansive sites devoted to prime numbers and their significance. This page "is an exciting collection of curiosities, wonders and trivia related to prime numbers." As of December 2002, there are nearly 2,000 numbers with at least one curio. Some of the smallest numbers are interesting to peruse; however, reading every curio or researching other numbers to submit to the database is probably left to the mathematicians. One thing is certain,
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