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USDA Forest Service-St. Paul Field Office: Silvics of North America
The Internet continues to evolve as a global library, allowing free and easy public access to an increasing number of valuable documents. One such treasure, found in the archives of the USDA Forest Service St. Paul Field Office website, is _ Silvics of North America_, a substantial publication describing "the silvical characteristics of about 200 conifers and hardwood trees in the coterminous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Individual articles were researched and written by knowl
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Collaborative Lesson Archive
The Collaborative Lesson Archive of the University of Illinois is intended to be "a forum for the creation, distribution, and archival of education curricula for all grade levels and subject areas." The main page contains links to lessons organized by individual grade levels from kindergarten to beyond the twelfth grade. Once chosen, users are presented with a list of subjects including geography, science, and math, among others, which then contain various lessons. The sixth grade science sectio
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Microbes.info: The Microbiology Information Portal
Microbiologist Al Chan has scoured cyberspace for reliable microbiology resources, and has come up with this extensive and frequently updated library of Web links -- a welcome alternative to tedious Internet searches. Visitors will find links to related news and feature articles, FAQs geared toward the non-microbiologist, and other resources organized by topic. A selection of interesting Web links are featured on the main page, which should keep the casual visitor entertained. Those seeking spec
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US Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts
The US Census Bureau Web site, State and County QuickFacts, provides "quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography." Users can choose a state from the clickable map or the pull down menu to access data on people including the populations of various groups, average travel times, and education levels; business information such as employment and sales per capita; physical geography facts of land size; and other data sets on a wide variety of subjects. The tabular format of the
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Scientific American Frontiers: Calls of the Wild
As always, PBS offers a fantastic companion Web site to its popular series Scientific American Frontiers, this time for the episode "Calls of the Wild" (aired April 1, 2003). Viewers join researchers as they "listen in on animal communication as birds, bees, bugs, bats and elephants flirt, eavesdrop, and even give directions." Three lesson plans are available, as well as an answer key and a quiz based on the program, each for grades 5-8. The site also includes a number of Web-exclusive features,
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Learning from the Fossil Record
Another interesting and helpful resource from the University of California Berkeley Museum of Paleontology is the Learning from the Fossil Record Web site. Educators will find a list of over twenty fossil related classroom activities presented by different authors with titles such as Building a Topographic Model, Determining the Age Of Rocks and Fossils, Fossilization and Adaptation, the Dinosaur Body Structure, Microfossils, and other interesting subjects. The detailed descriptions include ever
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Marine Invertebrate Larvae: A Study in Morphological Diversity
In this Web site, courtesy of Dr. Thurston Lacalli of the University of Saskatchewan, visitors will find an excellent collection of marine invertebrate larvae images. Consisting mainly of transmission electron micrographs, the image gallery may be accessed through a graphical or text-only menu. The phylogenetic tree layout of the graphical menu helps familiarize visitors with invertebrate classification. Lacalli also provides a brief tutorial intended for students new to the topic, which address
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Teach-nology: Science
Teach-nology.com is "intended to bring educators into the world of teaching with technology...by providing links to valuable and useful information relative to current and best practices in the field of education." Visitors will find the links categorized by subject, including archeology, astronomy, chemistry, earth science, lesson plans, physics, sites to use with students, and several others. Each of these subjects then include several subcategories, listed along with brief descriptions of wha
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M Commerce Times
While e-commerce was one of the hottest technologies of the 1990's, m-commerce, or mobile commerce, is the current dominating industry. This Web site is the home of M-Commerce Times, an online newspaper that focuses on mobile infrastructure, wireless technology, services, and other industry developments. Some of the common headlines feature Bluetooth applications and third-generation (3G) data services. One section of the site provides market analyses and assessments of trends in the m-commerce
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The American Association of Immunologists
The American Association of Immunologists (AAI) works "to advance knowledge of immunology and related disciplines, to foster interchange of ideas and information among investigators in the various disciplines and to promote an understanding of the field of immunology." The AAI maintains a number of Training and Job Opportunity Lists on their website for Graduate Programs, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Faculty Positions, Research Scientists, and Positions Wanted. The AAI site also provides contact in
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The Searching Wolf
This impressive wolf information website was created by retired biology professor Dr. Bill Forbes. Notably, the site contains a multitude of links to both recent and less recent wolf-related articles appearing in such publications as _Paleobiology_, _Wildlife Biology_, _Animal Science Journal_, and _Molecular Ecology_. The site also offers a collection of other useful wolf resources such as an archived Bibliography of European Wolf Literature; a list of suggested wolf education materials; an ext
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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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