Human Genome Project Information: DNA Forensics
A detailed introduction to DNA forensic identification can be found on this Web site, provided by the US Human Genome Project (coordinated by the Department of Energy and the national Institutes of Health). The site includes descriptions of or links to a number of fascinating case studies, such as proving the son of executed French King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette did indeed die as a child in prison, and testing claims that African Lemba tribesmen are directly descended from the ancient tribe
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Invent a Backscratcher from Everyday Materials
Being able to recognize a problem and design a potential solution is the first step in the development of new and useful products. In this activity, students create a device to get "that pesky itch in the center of your back." Once the idea is thought through, students produce design schematics (sketches). They are given a variety of everyday materials and recyclables, from which they create back-scratching devices.
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Daily Lesson Plan: Brain Brands
Why do those holiday cookies and candies -- placed conveniently at child height at the cash register -- get you drooling and entice you to fill your cart with unintended purchases? It might be neuromarketing at work. In this thought-provoking activity, created by Georgia Scurletis and Briget Anderson and offered through the _New York Times_ LearningNetwork, students (grades 6 - 12) are challenged to think about how branding and marketing may influence their taste more than their taste buds thems
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Prions
The following websites provide a quick review of prion research in the news. Prions, short for "proteinaceous infectious particles," are responsible for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), mad cow disease, scrapie disease, chronic wasting disease, and other deadly brain diseases. The first website, a Science Update from the journal _Nature_, reports on an intriguing study published earlier this year that found genes in some human populations offer protection from prion diseases, possibly in respons
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MCEER: Publications
Engineering and Organizational Issues Related to The World Trade Center Terrorist Attack is a three-volume series published by the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research. The reports liken the structural damage of the towers to what could be experienced in the event of a massive earthquake or other natural disaster. Volume One discusses the extent of damage to the buildings surrounding Ground Zero, including both towers. Photographs help convey the magnitude of destruction
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C-SAW: Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds
"The goal for C-SAW is to transfer knowledge and skills to watershed groups or local sponsors thereby helping to build their capacity to plan and conduct watershed assessments, and conduct post-implementation monitoring." Users can learn about the technical assistance provided by C-SAW, including watershed specific assistance, mentoring, and water quality education available to eligible groups in the state of Pennsylvania. Visitors can find the necessary materials to apply for this opportunity.
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The Natural History Museum's Fish Specimen Collection
This Web site, from the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum of London, contains an online database of its fish specimen collection. Users can search the database by taxonomic or geographic criteria, or by drill-down method (navigating through a hierarchical tree structure from broad categories to increasingly specific sub-categories). Helpful search strategy tips are provided. The site is straightforward in its presentation, and the search engines are easy to use. Users should be
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The NFL Today: Anatomical Travelogue Video
CBS Sportsline's The NFL Today Web site may seem an unlikely source for life science material, but this particular site contains animated movie clips of see-through football players. More specifically, the animations show how the musculoskeletal systems of football players move while running, tackling, breathing, etc. Created by the biology-themed computer animation company Anatomical Travelogue, these short movies can be views with RealPlayer or Windows Media, although RealPlayer seemed to work
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A Calculus Review
A professor of mathematics at San Jose State University created this online review of calculus concepts. It is divided into three main categories: integration, derivatives, and limits. Each section begins with some review material, explaining the necessary rules and equations. After reading the review, users can then take an interactive quiz over what they just learned. There is one quiz on limits and two on derivatives. The integration section is a bit more in depth, with focuses on two differe
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Insecta Inspecta World
Insecta Inspecta is the result of an interdisciplinary program at Thornton Jr. High School under the review of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. This Web site offers a fun way to learn about insects and other arthropods, and does a great job of placing these bugs in a larger cultural and historical context. In addition to providing a solid introduction to insects and arthropods, this site includes quirky trivia and entertaining audio and movie clips. For instance, visitors ca
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10Ticks.co.uk
10Ticks is a montage of free mathematics lessons, worksheets, and games based on the UK's National Numeracy Strategy. One of the most popular attractions of the Web site is Pac Math, a fun game that allows children to practice basic arithmetic. Over 200 worksheets discuss topics in algebra, geometrical shapes and spaces, statistics, and more. Several more features are available after registration. For example, teachers can access free sample learning packs with suggested exercises to present in
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AAPG: American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Since its founding in 1917, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists has strived "to foster scientific research, to advance the science of geology, to promote technology, and to inspire high professional conduct." Students can read the news publication, _Explorer_, and discover employment opportunities. Teachers can contribute to the development of a K-12 classroom resources webpage. The website features AAPG's leadership, conventions, annual meetings, and the Visiting Geologist Program,
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ExploreMath.com
As part of the ExploreLearning organization, ExploreMath offers an outstanding collection of interactive activities for students in "elementary algebra through pre-calculus." The online multimedia applications are easy to use and demonstrate almost 40 concepts across twelve general categories. One activity, for example, explains some fundamentals of probability by randomly throwing darts and showing how many hit the target. Instructions and topic overviews are given for each activity. Some addit
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Dino Discovery: A Paleo Explorer Kids Adventure
This Macromedia Flash Player-enhanced website, developed by the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology in Claremont, Calif., allows students to explore dinosaur fossils in the Cretaceous rocks of the Kaiparowits Formation in Utah. Through the tutorial users can discover the different types of Cretaceous and Jurassic rocks. Students can learn about the techniques used in the field to look for fossils, excavate findings, and protect and preserve the collected specimen. The website follows with shor
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Gflow 2000
Gflow 2000, which was developed by Haitjema Software, is described as a highly efficient stepwise groundwater flow modeling system. It is based on the analytic element method and models steady state flow in a single heterogeneous aquifer using the Dupuit-Forchheimer assumption, and is particularly suitable for modeling regional horizontal flow. The free educational version of the software is available for download from the site, as well as descriptions of the analytic method, stepwise modeling,
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Astronomy
As part of the University of California Santa Barbara Library, the Astronomy subject Web page contains dozens of links on the subject. Sites are categorized in indexes and gateways, NASA pages, observatories, organizations and associations, current topics, interactive resources, and periodicals. If all that isn't enough, the site even has an astronomy picture of the day.
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Astromaterials Curation
"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
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Flesh and Bone: A New Generation of Scientists Bring Dinosaurs Back to Life
The online version of the March 2003 issue of National Geographic Magazine (NGM) includes this interesting multimedia feature about "a new generation of scientists [that] is using computer modeling and a better understanding of living animals to bring dinosaurs back to life -- virtually." In addition to the feature article, the Web site includes an online-exclusive image gallery, "On Assignment" notes from National Geographic writers and photographers, related Web links and other resources, and
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The Tapir Gallery: Especially for Students
Are you looking for information about tapirs? The Tapir Gallery website (first reported on in the September 15, 1999 Scout Report for Science & Engineering) is as an information resource about tapirs from the Tapir Preservation Fund. This section of the Tapir Gallery site is designed specifically for students searching for information about tapirs for school reports and other such assignments. The site offers basic information about the four species of tapir: Mountain, Malayan, Baird's, and Lowl
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Super Bowl Technology
One of the biggest technology stories surrounding Super Bowl XXXVII was the security measures used to spot disruptive activity and terrorists. The massive network of cameras that was used to monitor the entire stadium is described in this story (1). It also discusses police operations, face recognition systems, and entrance sensors. The Houston Texans were not in the Super Bowl for 2003, but their stadium is certainly classified as hi-tech. The Reliant Stadium (2) is the first in the NFL to have
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