What You Always Wanted to Know About Salt
The What You Always Wanted to Know About Salt Web site is maintained by the nonprofit organization the Salt Institute. Information on nearly every aspect of salt can be found here, including salt facts, properties of sodium chloride, salt deposits in the US, the various uses of salt, salt in the winter, the history of salt, and much more.
Kentucky Educational Television: Electronic Field Trip to the Forest
Have you ever hiked through the forests of Kentucky? Created by Kentucky Educational Television, this Electronic Field Trip to the Forest "is a 60-minute overview of forest ecology and management for grades 4-8, covering topics in environmental science, life science, history, geography, and economics." The site provides online video clips of the electronic forest trip, and information about featured professionals on the trip including foresters, a wildlife biologist, an ecologist, and more. The
SciNet Science Search
SciNet Science Search Engine is described as "Your Science, Engineering, and Medical Search Engine and Directory." Visitors can browse the many categories or search by inputting key words (an advanced search option is not available). The site has additional features such as a highest rated sites link and a 5-star site link, as well as news, a picture post, unit conversions, and periodic tables. Users searching for science specific sites and information will appreciate the engine's ease of use an
Famous Astronomers and Astrophysicists
D. Mark Manley, a professor in the Physics Department at Kent State University, provides short introductions for almost one hundred famous astronomers and astrophysicists from the Classical Period to the present. By searching either chronologically or alphabetically, users can find out about a given astronomers major successes as well as birth years and places. A link is provided for each scientist listed, offering more in-depth information. Astronomers and historians can find inspiration by lea
A Well-Tested Eye in the Sky: What U-2 Spy Planes Do over Iraq that Satellites Don't
One of the most important pieces of technology being used to search Iraq for evidence of weapons is a 48-year old spy plane. The U-2, which was first flown in the beginnings of the Cold War, has withstood the test of time and continues to be widely used by the US. This site provides details about the history of the U-2. It also describes many technical aspects involved in flights, such as the advanced sensor systems and pilot life support.
The Platonic Realms website is a project initiated by a small group of math and math education graduate students, led by B. Sidney Smith, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The group's goal is "to provide high-quality mathematical content for secondary-school and college students that was free, motivational, and instructional." The introductory page features a historical note, a daily quotation, a daily mathematics challenge, humorous articles, and a "math moment" which uses multi-media t
Kids and Computers
This website was developed by a father and his two daughters as they explored computer programming for kids using the Microworlds Project Builder, which seemed to provide the most engaging learning environment for the children. The curriculum that this father followed with his daughters began with using point-and-click drawing tools and advanced into programming movement, providing his 4-year-old daughter with an introduction to animation. The website takes the reader through a story about how t
National Environmental Publications Internet Site
National Environmental Publications Internet Site is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and contains a database of over 9000 documents that have been published by the EPA. Searches can be attempted by keyword or by publication title, which should help make finding a particular document easy. Once found, the documents can be viewed, printed freely, or ordered directly from the EPA.
Tier One: Private Manned Space Program
This website promotes the Tier One Project - "the world's first privately funded manned space program." Users can find general information on the project, the SpaceShipOne craft, and the four pilots. The site provides a series of press releases where users can find out about the project's latest news and events. Visitors can obtain details on four types of flight tests. The site furnishes lithographs of the space flight profile, mission control, simulator, SpaceShipOne, and more. Everyone can ap
BotBall Educational Robotics Program
Botball is a workshop and competition presented by the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics. The program offers hands-on learning in robotics and is "designed to engage students in learning the practical applications of science, technology, engineering and math." Registered teams receive KISS Institute's kit of robotics equipment, but teams must have access to a laptop computer and the Internet. Following a workshop, students are given seven weeks to create a team of robots and a weblog documen
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Live Web Cams
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Web site offers a great set of live Web cams offering views of marine life in Aquarium exhibits and the nearby ocean. The Web cams also serve as "a gateway to information about ocean habitats and conservation topics." Visitors may view live footage between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Pacific Time from a penguin cam, kelp cam, otter cam, Monterey Bay cam, and outer bay cam. The Web site also includes pre-recorded footage of feeding shows -- a nice alternative if the live cams are
IOL: InterOperability Lab
The University of New Hampshire has compiled this excellent collection of resources on networking and computer technology. Over twenty categories are represented, including emerging technologies such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Very high rate Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL), and wireless standards. Many of the resources are papers or tutorials written by researchers at the UNH InterOperability Lab, while others are links to various academic and industry efforts. The site is suitable for a broad audie
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Ecosystems Research Division
Research at the Environmental Protection Agency's Ecosystems Research Division (ERD) "includes studies of the behavior of contaminants, nutrients, and biota in environmental systems, and the development of mathematical models to assess the response of aquatic systems, watersheds and landscapes to stresses from natural and anthropogenic sources." The ERD website contains information about a wide variety of research foci including: Nitrogen and Redox Speciation in Environmental Systems; Lock Lake
Swedish Museum of Natural History-Department of Vertebrate Zoology: Guide to South American Cichlida
Sven Kullander of the Swedish Museum of Natural History developed the _Guide to the South American Cichlidae_ as "a non-commercial, technical source of information about the systematics, taxonomy and geographical distribution of South American cichlids." The Guide features a Cichlid Names Database containing 469 nominal species and 60 Nominal Genera with search fields for keywords, Genus/Species, Record/Table, Status, and more. The site also offers a phylogenetic tree representing major cichlid
William H. Calvin Books and Articles
The full-text of several books authored by University of Washington professor William H. Calvin are available online. His newest book A Brain for All Seasons (A Scientific American book of the month) is about "what sudden climate flips did to human evolution over the last 2.5 million years." Most of his other books also focus on the subjects of the brain and human evolution. The hyperlinked table of contents makes browsing these texts more manageable. This Web page also includes other informatio
University of Illinois Extension-Schools Online: Apples & More
This all-about-apples website was created by Schools Online at the University of Illinois Extension. For educators, the Apples & More website presents a collection of apple-related activities in the subject areas of math, art, social studies, literature, and science. In addition, the site contains information sections regarding apple nutrition, facts, varieties, recipes, and apple preservation. The site also offers annotated links for apple history, apple growing, selection and uses, and cider.
JIVE: Joint Institute for Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) in Europe
Provided by the Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (ASTRON), the Joint Institute for Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) in Europe (JIVE) operates the EVN MkIV VLBI Data Processor and offers support to astronomers and the Telescope Network. The website offers clear summaries of many research topics pursued at the Institute including gravitational lensing, interstellar scintillation, and pulsar astrometry. Visitors can learn about the operational status and history of the EVN M
Illustrated Glossary of Alpine Glacial Landforms
The Illustrated Glossary of Alpine Glacial Landforms is maintained by the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point's Department of Geology and Geography. This simple but well done site lists over twenty landforms as either an erosional landform, depositional landform, or an ice feature -- each including a brief description. Clicking on the corresponding link brings up a page with a photograph, a topographical map, a more in-depth description, and links to additional examples.
InterActive Education at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom aims to address the challenges related to "teaching and learning in the information age." Its research has focused on ways to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum from primary to post-16 levels of schooling. The project is currently drafting the final report of findings, but provides periodic updates on this website. The website also describes the project and its five research themes: educational policy and m
New York State Ambient Air Monitoring System
The Ambient Air Monitoring System: Near Real Time Data Web site is presented by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The collected data includes pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, and methane among others, as well as all common meteorological data. Records are collected and reported hourly, and can be viewed by parameter or by station, which are located throughout the state. One other interesting link gives the current air quality index for each si