SKAT : Sankt-Peterburgskii korpus agiograficheskikh tekstov
Sankt-Peterburgskii korpus agiograficheskikh tekstov [Saint Petersburg corpus of hagiographical texts] is a searchable database of medieval Slavic saints lives, constructed by the department of mathematical linguistics at the University of St Petersburg. It contains more than 50 manuscripts, with around 500,000 catalogued word usages. The word index may be searched in Old Slavic using an online keyboard, and results show the desired word (and lexical derivatives) in context. Unfortunately it is
Defra's climate change plan 2010
This 172-page document outlines Defra's plans to make "sustainable adaptation decisions" in conjunction with its key delivery partners: the Environment Agency, Natural England, and the Forestry Commission. It explains what Defra is doing to support the countrys transition to a low-carbon economy, develop stronger scientific evidence, and develop better skills.
Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership
The United Kingdom Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) aims to coordinate research, evidence and policy advice on the impact of climate change on the marine environment. Its website lists partner organisations, scientists and government agencies, provides news, monitoring reports and climate projections. An ecosystems linkages page gives a basic outline of the links between climate change and impacts on the oceans.
Current status of soil and water management in England
This document, published on the Web by the Royal Agricultural Society of England, outlines some of the issues concerned with water provision and use in England, where over 80 per cent of land is under agricultural management or devoted to forestry. The report examines the role of national agricultural production, pressures for increased productivity, land use, irrigation, climate change, and environmental stewardship. It asks if farmers are properly equipped with relevant information and scienti
HGCA disease control
The disease control section of the HGCA (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) website provides "information on current projects relating to fungicide performance in wheat, barley and oilseed rape, along with links to relevant projects, reports, tools and other useful information". The website gives access to crop monitoring, fusarium control, and fungicide performance tools, and a web-based cereals disease encyclopaedia containing a photo gallery, and lifecycle and identification info
Insights understanding our world : the continuing impact of the holocaust
A series of audio and video programmes which discuss and debate the medical ethics associated with anti-Semitism and the continuing impact of the Holocaust. The programmes have been produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The medical ethics series considers disability rights in relation to the Museum&rsquo Deadly Medicine exhibition; how the moral inquiry into the Holocaust can inform bioethics today, and how the pursuit of human perfection influenced Nazi programmes to remove t
The PAZAR database unites independently created and maintained data collections of transcription factor and regulatory sequence annotation. PAZAR permits the representation of diverse information derived from experiments ranging from biochemical proteinDNA binding to cellular reporter gene assays. Data collections can be made available to the public, or restricted to specific system users. The system facilitates the analysis of genomics data and the creation of predictive models of gene regula
This site offers information about genetics and genomic science, with the aim of increasing understanding and stimulating discussion of genetic research and its implications. Produced by the Communication and Public Engagement team of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, it is aimed at students and the general public and includes animations, videos and activities. There are three sections entitled: Your Introduction to DNA, Genes and Genomes; Your Human Genome; and Our Genomes, Health and Soci
WormBook : the online review of C. elegans biology
WormBook is an illustrated ebook concerning the biology of the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans and other nematodes. It comprises twelve original, peer reviewed chapters by invited experts covering all aspects of C. elegans biology, as well as WormMethods, a collection of techniques for nematode researchers. The whole book or individual subsections may be downloaded freely, and all content can be used freely for non-commercial usage, with correct attribution. The site a
Teach.Genetics : epigenetics
This teaching resource on epigenetics is made available by the Genetic Science Learning Center, University of Utah and is sourced from their Teach.Genetics website. A range of interactive features and online activities are available, including, videos, audio files, lectures, learning objectives, and test and quizzes. Topics covered include an introduction to the epigenome and how it instructs DNA, gene control, DNA and histone model, epigenetic tags, epigenetics and inheritance, and epigenome-in
Human Tissue Authority codes of practice
The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) revised codes of practice came into force in September 2009. The revised codes provide guidance and advice and expected standards for all the sectors regulated by the HTA. Each code is provided in an interactive format providing easy access to the different sections, with links to other relevant issues and documents and a pop-up glossary. There are nine codes, covering post-mortem examination; consent, donation of solid organs for transplantation; anatomical exam
UK stem cell tool kit
The UK Stem Cell Tool Kit is a reference tool for those who wish to develop a programme of human stem cell research and manufacture, including clinical applications. Provided by the Medical Research Council (MRC) the Tool Kit can be viewed by regulatory routes in three different ways, either by map view, question view, or project view. Users can navigate their way through the regulations by responding to a series of key questions and building their own route map. Also available are s
Society for Neuroscience : brain briefings
Brain Briefings is a series of newsletters produced by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and published during the academic year. Brain Briefings are aimed at a lay audience and they explain how basic neuroscience discoveries can lead to clinical applications. Archives available from 2006 to the present.
AnimalResearch.info is an international collaboration of scientists and researchers providing information about the use of animals in medical research. This website outlines the important contribution of animal research to medical advances and provides detailed information on drug development, medical advances, animal models, alternatives and the 3Rs, regulation and legislation, and experimental design and analysis. There is a document library and an A-Z listing of organisations (commercial, aca
Understanding Animal Research
Understanding Animal Research is a member organisation, founded in 2008 by bringing together two UK organisations, Research Defence Society and the Coalition for Medical Progress.‘Understanding Animal Research’ aims to “achieve understanding and acceptance of the need for humane animal research in the UK, by maintaining and building informed public support and a favourable policy climate for animal research.” This site provides information on the member organisations,
Benefits and financial support
The benefits and financial support page of the UK government's Directgov website gives access to information on a range of benefits and how to claim them. The page includes details of: low income; bereavement; retirement; caring; workseekers; bringing up children; illness and injury; and disability benefits. A link is provided to the 'benefits adviser' which can be used to calculate entitlement to benefits by answering questions anonymously online.
Exploring the ideas of Darwin and their impact on culture.
In January 2008, the Wellcome Trust held interviews with people on the street to get their views about Darwin, his ideas and their impact on the world. A series of videos vox pops were produced and these have been made available via these webpages.
A-Z HIV/Aids reporting practical guide
Published by the Kaiser Family Foundation, this practical guide which is intended for journalists provides information on HIV/Aids reporting for the media. The guide covers the basics of HIV/Aids reporting; tips on how to pitch stories to editors, and gives advice on ethical reporting. Lists are provided on additional resources with a glossary, a timeline of the history of HIV, FAQ, explanations utilised and details on treatments used for HIV/Aids. The last two chapters concentrate on TB and mal
Centre of the Cell
An exhibition sponsored by a host of donors including Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Queen Mary, University of London. The exhibition is housed within a pod where visitors via timed guided tours can engage with a range of interactive features to help them understand the workings of cells and the role they play in medical research. It is intended for anyone but particularly geared towards school students in key stages 2, 3, and 4. Prior registration on the website is re
Landolt Börnstein Substance / Property Index
This website "lists all substances and their properties which are reported on in the indexed Landolt-Börnstein volumes. In total, 160 000 organic and inorganic compounds are described by names, molecular structures, chemical abstract numbers and other identifiers. Properties are directly linked to the full documents at Springerlink." The site can be searched or browsed by index. The search function is available free; full text is available to subscribers. Students should check whether their uni