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AI Topics: A Dynamic Library of Introductory Information About Artificial Intelligence
This site, operated by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), is a great starting point for people who want to learn more about the rapidly growing world of artificial intelligence (AI). AI Topics acts as a central hub for an enormous collection of material that exists on the Web. The links given on the site offer a wide range of information, including basic definitions of AI, discussions about related philosophical issues, journal articles, and current research. The news s
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SSSA: Soil Science Society of America
The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is the professional organization dedicated to the advancement of "the discipline and practice of soil science by acquiring and disseminating information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management and recycling, and wise land use." After viewing SSSA's bylaws, researchers can learn about the annual international meeting held in Seattle from October 31st through November 4t
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JSR 185: Java Technology for the Wireless Industry
This Web site is the homepage of an initiative to create a new Java specification for wireless devices. Several documents are available for public viewing, including the Proposed Final Draft of the specification, which was released on June 4, 2003.
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Online Training in Watershed Management
Another informative Web site from the Environmental Protection Agency is the Online Training in Watershed Management page. Here, citizens have access to a wealth of information and tools to help them understand and protect their water resources. Six "modules" are offered, each of which take between a half to two hours to complete. They are organized by theme including an Introduction, watershed ecology, watershed change, analysis and planning, management practices, and community/ social/ water l
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SNIA: Storage Networking Industry Association
Bluefin is a new application programming interface (API) "for discovering, monitoring and managing devices on a Storage Area Network." Many leading companies are participating in the Storage Management Initiative, which will develop the Bluefin specification. This Web site has information on the SMI work, including background documents on Bluefin technology and its importance. There is also a white paper, released on August 13, 2002, that describes many of the details of the specification. Some
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US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board began operations in 1998 with the stated mission to promote the prevention of major chemical accidents at fixed facilities. The independent, scientific investigative agency's Web site contains historical and current data, reports, and other information on chemical accidents from around the nation. For example, on September 13, 2002, a chemical plant explosion occurred in Freeport, Texas, involving an explosion, fire, and release of chemicals
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Severe Weather Watcher Handbook
The Meteorological Service of Canada, which monitors and provides information on various weather related issues, offers the Severe Weather Watcher Handbook Web site. Described as a guide for identifying and reporting summer severe weather, the site explains thorough descriptions, photographs, and illustrations; the basics of thunderstorm life cycles; the anatomy of storms; and what to watch for in the sky that identifies dangerous storms. Other sections include information about tornadoes and fu
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Chemguide
The Chemguide Web site is written and maintained by chemistry teacher and author Jim Clark. In his goal to help students better understand chemistry concepts, he offers several topics that include Atomic Structure and Bonding, Inorganic Chemistry, Basic Organic Chemistry, Organic Reaction Mechanisms, Instrumental Analysis, and Chemistry Calculations. The pages offer descriptions and illustrations, which, although may not give wide ranging information, can be a good supplemental source for studen
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Popular Science: Best of What's New, 2003
Each year Popular Science selects new and emerging technologies that have profound implications in several different categories. The Best of What's New for 2003 explores innovations in aviation and space, computing, home technology, and engineering. A particularly interesting item is the SpaceShipOne rocket plane, which is one of the leading contenders to successfully demonstrate a cheap, reliable method of escaping Earth's atmosphere. Another featured technology is the newest standard for wirel
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The Glossary of Mathematical Mistakes
Each month, the Glossary of Mathematical Mistakes examines a common fallacy that is frequently made by the media, politicians, and "many non-math people." The site has won awards from Scientific American, Britannica.com, and several others. Besides the monthly addition, there is an archive that includes mistakes that date back one year, plus many more that are just too classic to remove. Readers have the opportunity to email suggestions for mistakes that they would like people to know about. Ano
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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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SearchEngineWatch.com: Web Searching Tips
This webpage is much more than its name implies. It provides a series of articles about using search engines efficiently, as well as about the dynamics and operation of search engines. One particularly intriguing article describes how search engines actually perform searches, which is a remarkable task considering the vast amount of data that is indexed. Another article, current as of September 2003, compares some of the most popular search engines in terms of the number of textual documents cov
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SuperFord.org: The Garage
Although SuperFord.org caters to an online community of Ford vehicle enthusiasts, this section of the Web site is appropriate for anyone with an interest in modern automobile operation. The best part of The Garage, as it is called, is the Engine Guide. This excellent reference describes nearly every type of engine component. Illustrations of the different parts show the associated forces and how they work together to control the engine. Another section contains eleven calculators to convert hors
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center for Biogeochemical Dynamics "is a source for biogeochemical and ecological data useful for studying environmental processes. These data have been collected on the ground, from aircraft, or by satellite or have been generated by computer models. The extent of data ranges from site-specific to global, and duration's range from days to years." Information can be searched by a wide range of criteria that include key word, timeline,
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Geoscapes Photography
Sometimes learning or at least sparking an interest in a subject can be accomplished through pictures. The Geoscapes Photography Web site by Emeritus Professor of Geology John A. Karachewski contains spectacular photos of various geologic formations from the western US. By clicking on the main gallery link, students can choose from various locations such as northern California, Point Reyes National Seashore, Colorado, and Utah. Each link then contains the photographs and simple descriptions of t
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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) website promotes the agency's work to protect human and natural resources in the state. Users can find out the latest Texas environmental news and hot topics. Educators and students can find an abundance of materials dealing with air quality, water quality, and waste. Through the many documents at this website, users can familiarize themselves with the Texas environmental laws and policies. Researchers can learn how to obtain TCEQ data and pub
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NBS Educator: Helping People Understand Contract Documentation
NBS Educator is intended for "construction industry students, lecturers and professionals who need to understand contract documentation, such as specifications and schedules of work." As of December 2002, a collection of five text-based lectures exist on the Web site. Each provides an in-depth look at various aspects of the construction process, so as to keep all parties informed and operating on the same page. A few additional modules of educational resources are under development, including sa
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Astronomical Society of Victoria
The Astronomical Society of Victoria website promotes its efforts to act as a forum for a wide variety of people interested in astronomy. Users can find learn about the monthly meetings open to the public. The website introduces the Society's many sections including Computing, Cosmology and Astrophysics, Current Phenomena, and Radio Astronomy. The Newcomers link furnishes helpful lists of astronomy books, magazines, and computer software. Everyone will enjoy the fantastic images of the Great Ori
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Ready! Set! Takeoff for Engineering
Provided by the Society for Women Engineers (SWE), this site is a good resource for high school students who want to learn about engineering as a possible career choice. One of the most unique features on the site is the collection of video interviews. Four professional engineers, including a former NASA astronaut, respond to questions that are often asked by curious students. The Career Corner section offers brief descriptions of eight of the most common disciplines, providing glimpses into the
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GREENGRASS
The purposd of the GREENGRASS project is to measure "the net global warming potential resulting from the exchange of CO2, N2O, and CH4 with managed European grasslands and assess the European wide mitigation potential of key field and farm management scenarios." Visitors can learn about the management strategies at experimental sites throughout Europe. Researchers can find out about upcoming and past workshops and other events. While the documents, reports, and the database are only accessible t
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