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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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Institute for Systems Biology: T1DBase
T1DBase was created jointly by the Institute for Systems Biology, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation/Wellcome Trust Diabetes and Inflammation Laboratory to support the work of Type 1 diabetes (T1D) researchers. T1DBase currently "includes annotated genomic sequences for suspected T1D susceptibility regions; microarray data; functional annotation of genes active in beta cells; and 'global' datasets, generally from the literature,
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Space Technology Hall of Fame
The Space Technology Hall of Fame is a fascinating Web site that honors "the innovators who have transformed technology originally developed for space into commercial products." Selection criteria for the induction process are given in the Hall of Famers section. It is interesting to note the weights of each criterion, with the most points given for public awareness and social benefit. The Hall of Fame was started in 1988, and descriptions of all the technologies inducted since then can be brows
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Causes of Color
One of the latest from Webexhibits.org (last mentioned in the March 21, 2000 Scout Report for Social Sciences is the Causes of Color site. The activity attempts to answer the question, "Why are things colored?" by covering things such as the eye, made light such as lightbulbs, lost light as in water, moved light as in a rainbow, and other light related topics such as colorblindness and animal sight. A very unique collection that includes material for students from introductory to advanced levels
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Deepwater Gulf of Mexico 2002: America's Expanding Frontier
A recent release from the US Government's Minerals Management Service is entitled Deepwater Gulf of Mexico 2002: America's Expanding Frontier. The report "details the extraordinary growth of oil and gas industry activity in the deepwater (1,000 feet of water or more) Gulf over the past seven years and its anticipated continued growth." The near 150-page downloadable Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file contains information on leasing, drilling and development, reserves and production, summaries and conclus
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Philips: What if You Could Carry Your TV Around?
Philips Research demonstrated "the world's first matrix display that keeps functioning while being bent," and it has great expectations for the technology. Although it will probably not be commercially available for some time, it is intriguing to envision being able to unroll an e-book to read. A broad introduction to flexible displays is given on this Web site. Several potential technologies that could be used to manufacture the devices are discussed, including organic light-emitting diodes and
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Palm Power
Military equipment often requires significant amounts of electrical power, and it is important for power supplies to be portable and to have large capacities. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency realizes this need for efficient power sources, so it is investigating alternatives to conventional batteries. High energy fuels are the primary focus of the Palm Power project. This Web site discusses the details and goals of the project in introductory sections. More specific information can
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Clean Coal Technology Compendium
Operated by the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Clean Coal Technology (CCT) Program works with new coal burning methods of energy generation that minimize environmental impact. The material on this Web site outlines some of the findings of the CCT program. Most of the information is contained in the topical reports, which deal with environmental control technologies, advanced electric power generation, coal processing for clean fuels, industrial applications, and other general topics.
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Explorer
Supported by the US Department of Education, the Explorer educational Web site is a collection of educational resources geared to k-12 students that include instructional software, lab activities, lesson plans, student created materials, and more. The physical science related material includes matter, energy, force and motion, waves and vibrations, and electricity, as well as many earth science topics. The site also contains a wealth of life science and mathematics material, which helps to make
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Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology
The Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology (CMAVE) operates under the auspices of the USDA Agricultural Research Service. CMAVE "conducts research aimed at reducing or eliminating the harm caused by insects to crops, stored products, livestock and humans. Research is directed not only at the insects themselves but at pathogens they may transmit and at identifying inherent protective mechanisms in plants." The Center's website links to information about CMAVE researchers and
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Drawing with the Hand in Free Space
Leonardo, a journal that focuses on applications of science and technology in art, included this paper in its second-to-last issue of 2002. The author discusses a fascinating method of creating three dimensional shapes in a semi-immersive virtual environment. Developed at Caltech, the technique tracks the motion of a user's hand, which is fitted with a special type of glove. With the help of an eyepiece viewing device, the user can see the corresponding surface drawing floating in midair. Severa
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MIT Media Lab: Software Agents [pdf, Microsoft Word, QuickTime, Macromedia Flash Player,
The Software Agents Group of the MIT Media Laboratory "investigates computer systems to which one can delegate tasks." Software agents are different from conventional software because they are "long-lived, semi-autonomous, proactive, and adaptive." Software Agents Group focuses on creating software that "acts as an assistant to the user rather than a tool, learning from interaction and proactively anticipating the user's needs." The website describes their various projects that use "commonsense
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Air and Space Magazine: How Things Work: Series List
The Air and Space Magazine is a publication of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. This special series of the magazine provides insight into various aspects of aerospace principles and technology. Three articles in this section can be accessed, despite the listing of all seven. First is an overview of winglets on airplanes, describing their purpose and how they increase performance. The second article looks at "devices an aerobatic airplane uses to defy gravity." Lastly, ejection seat
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National Pollutant Release Inventory
The National Pollutant Release Inventory is maintained by Environment Canada and provides access to pollutant release information for facilities located throughout Canada. The data can be searched by chemical name and location, and results provide detailed information on the substance, its release, its disposal, and its transfer at a particular facility.
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The Illinois Groundwater Association
The Illinois Groundwater Association (IGA) "seeks to advance the knowledge of groundwater resources in Illinois and functions exclusively for charitable and educational purposes." Visitors can read IGA's constitution, by-laws, and its history beginning in 1982. The website provides newsletters describing IGA's latest endeavors and upcoming events. Students and researchers can find out about funding opportunities and employment opportunities. Interested visitors can also find out how to join the
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Global Crop Pests Identification and Information
This Web site from the Cornell Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development contains a newly developed prototype of the "Global Crop Pest Identification and Information Services in Integrated Pest Management (IPM)." Available in English and Spanish, this online guide aims to "increase crop pest diagnosis and IPM information capability among extensionists and farmers of developing countries." Users can search the site by crop or pest name; for example, clicking on a particular crop name will
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The Turing Test
A man before his time, Alan Mathison Turing is arguably one of the most recognized mathematicians of the 20th century. In 1950, he published a paper that, to this day, sets the standard for artificial intelligence. He proposed a way to determine if a machine has intelligence, and this is now called the Turing Test.In his 41-year life, Turing accomplished a great deal as a mathematician. Bordering on many philosophical issues, his work is recounted in this online biography (1). A very good introd
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METRIC Math
Developed by individuals from the Mathematics Department and the Chemistry Department at the Imperial College in London, METRIC Maths aims to help students improve their math skills and knowledge. Visitors can download for free the Java-based program, which is geared towards advanced secondary level mathematics and as preparation for transitioning to University level mathematics. The program provides students an opportunity to "investigate mathematical ideas using METRIC's explorations," practic
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Material World Modules
The Materials World Program is an educational program created at Northwestern University intended to teach kids about science, math, and social issues by letting them investigate the objects that surround them in their everyday lives. While traditional science teaching divides the sciences into various disciplines, each studied separately, this program shows students that science is more than a set of techniques as "students using MWM learn how principles of chemistry, physics, and mathematics r
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Geology in North Dakota
The Department of Geosciences at North Dakota State University educates visitors about the geologic features and landforms of North Dakota through clear text and astonishing images at this website. In the Glacial Features of North Dakota link, visitors can learn about end moraines, eskers, kettle lakes, and kames. Educators can find amazing photographs of mass wasting including creep, slope failure, and slumps. Users can also find materials on stream features and satellite imagery of North Dakot
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