Professor Rick Roush examines the realities and myths around Genetically Modified (GM) or transgenic Crops. With Dr Shane Huntington.
Guest: Professor Rick Roush, Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Resources.
Topic: Genetically modified crops: the wheat from the chaff
Alternative Spring Break 2011
Some students spend spring break sunning, others catching up on studying. Faye Gura led a group of students on a different kind of spring break, connecting and volunteering with Rochester community improvement efforts.
Music: "Porch Swing Days" ( http://incompetech.com ), licensed under a Creative Commons License: Public Domain.
Chefs prepare for royal wedding
Cooks at the home of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Buckingham Palace, get into training to prepare the wedding feast of the decade as Prince William and fiancee Catherine Middleton get ready to wed.
Silver gilt centrepiece, Apsley House N081103
APSLEY HOUSE, London. Detail of silver gilt centrepiece made in 1822 showing a Spanish soldier of around 1808. Presented to the Duke of Wellington by Bankers and Merchants of the City of London. WM805-1948.
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ST IVES, Cornwall. A view looking across the harbour to St Ives from Smeaton's Pier, taken during the photographer's holiday to Cornwall. Photographed by John Gay, 1950.
"Des trains et des maisons", une conférence de Tanguy Viel
Dans certains films d'Hitchcock, on se déplace sans cesse. Dans d'autres, on voudrait bien sortir de la maison. Dans tous les cas, le casse-tête semble le même : comment vivre hors-les-murs ? La réponse d'Hitchcock serait un peu celle de la psychanalyse : habitez-donc une fiction.
Tanguy Viel est romancier. Il a publié, entre autres, Cinéma, L'Absolue perfection du crime, Insoupçonnable, Paris-Brest, tous parus aux éditions de Minuit.
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
Optical Storage in China: A Study in Strategic Industrial Policy
This unique paper, published in September 2003, discusses the current state and development of the Chinese high-tech industry. The author "begins with a brief overview of industrial policy for the electronics sector in East Asia, then discusses the relevant policies for two successive generations of optical storage: Video CD and DVD." The analysis of Video Compact Disc technology and its use is particularly insightful, since it is relatively unknown outside Asia. A brief look at other areas in t
Two on Powered Flight
Although the centennial anniversary of the Wright Brothers' groundbreaking achievement has come and gone, these two sites provide a unique glimpse into past events and future prospects. First, the companion website to a December 16, 2003 NOVA episode offers a retrospective on the Wright Brothers' Flying Machine. Several interactive features and picture galleries are provided. Additionally, the site includes a description of the first media coverage of the historic flight and an interview with th
NIH Curriculum Supplement Series: Sleep, Sleep Disorders, and Biological Rhythms
Sleep, Sleep Disorders, and Biological Rhythms is a curriculum unit (for grades nine through twelve) offered through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Curriculum Supplement Series. This unit was developed collaboratively by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and other groups as "a creative inquiry-based instruction program designed to promote active learning and stimulate student interest in medical topics." This curriculum supplement is designed "to complement existing
Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias
The San Diego Natural History Museum's Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias (BRCC) works to "understand and interpret--through research and collecting--the uniqueness of the biodiversity of Southern California and the peninsula of Baja California while maintaining a global scientific perspective." The BRCC links to information about its various departments including Botany, Birds and Mammals, Entomology, Herpetology, Marine Invertebrates, and Paleontology. The BRCC also offers online
Space for Species
"Developed by the Canadian Space Agency, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, The Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, and the Canadian Wildlife Service," Space for Species is a colorful and highly interactive Web site that invites young people to investigate the contributions that satellite telemetry, remote sensing, astronaut observations, and weather satellites make to wildlife conservation. Users can track the real time movements of migratory animals such as polar bears and leatherback turtles, mo
Magplane: Transportation for the Information Age
The Magplane concept involves electromagnetically levitated vehicles designed for fast intra-city travel. This is in contrast to most other systems that focus on intercity travel; the goal of the Magplane system is to connect suburbs and locations up to 250 miles from a central metropolitan area, with travel times of about an hour or less. The Magplane home page offers many details of the system's design and operation. Five technical papers are also presented, which describe some of the engineer
Forever Wild? is a recently aired episode of Scientific American Frontiers on PBS. This companion Web site provides loads of online features relating to the program, which explores how scientists are scrambling "to understand the intricate natural systems on which all life depends -- before it's too late." The Teaching Guide includes two downloadable lessons and a quiz intended for grades 5-8. In the first lesson, students study the effects of biological processes on a closed system while germin
University of Wisconsin-Fluid and Melt Inclusions
The University of Wisconsin-Madison created this website "for people interested in the properties, behaviors and origins of fluid and melt inclusions in natural and synthetic materials." The website offers downloads of publications in _The Canadian Mineralogist_ journal and other rock and mineral papers. Students and researchers can find out about meetings and work shops. The website fosters discussion of hot topics in the field of fluid inclusion. Users have a chance to join the fluid inclusion
With Genome@home, a project at Stanford University, computer owners can become de facto researchers in virtual genome protein design. By downloading and running the Genome@home protein sequence design client, users lend their idle computer time to run calculations for use with such projects as designing new medical drugs, understanding protein evolution, and determining the function of newly sequenced genes. The program can run during other applications without affecting computer performance. Th
"The Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office at the Johnson Space Center is tasked to curate NASA's current and future collections of extraterrestrial samples." The website divides the collections into six categories: Rocks and Soils from the Moon, Meteorites from Antarctica, Stratospheric Dust, Solar Wind, Space-Exposed Hardware, and Stardust Mission Samples. Besides learning how to receive and return the samples, users can find newsletters and information on discoveries made using the s
Vienna University: Differential Geometry and Geometric Structures
Differential Geometry and Geometric Structures is one of six research units which comprise the Institute of Discrete Mathematics and Geometry of the Vienna University of Technology. From this website, visitors can read about members and their research activities and download select publications (in German and English). They have also developed some software, which is in German, for use in geometry courses in Austrian schools. The Picture Gallery offers a collection of world Map Projections creat
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