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PUBLICATIONS

Scientific American

Includes two full articles from the current issue plus Science and the Citizen and other departments.

Nature

Read about current research in the renowned British periodical.

American Scientist

This web site features abstracts for every article in the magazine of Sigma Xi, a scientific research society.

Chemical Reviews of Molecular Gastronomy

Download the 1 mb pdf file. It will be the best spent Mb on your memory stick. Learn not only about the chemistry of cooking but the latest, most flavourful knowledge about how we perceive food int he first place.


Science Section

Few newspapers, if any, carry better science articles. You'll find a week's worth of science stories here, and you'll find them interesting yet unsensational, and non-technical yet thorough.

BIOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT, and CLIMATE

Darwin's Predictions or if a broken link, click here.

 

This is from Nova's "Intelligent Design on Trial", produced by PBS. In 2005, parents took the Dover School Board in Pennsylvania to court as the board attempted to pass off a religious view as science. The court not only defended the constitution's  First Amendment, but it also revealed that there is a great deal of experimental evidence for evolution and that proponents of biology's most important theory are not necessarily atheists. In this specific piece, evidence is presented for many of Dawrin's predictions that have led us to realize that all life forms have a great deal in common, more specifically, about 500 genes.

No Sun Link' to Climate Change

 

A new scientific study(2007) concludes that changes in the Sun's output cannot be causing modern-day climate change.

It shows that for the last 20 years, the Sun's output has declined, yet temperatures on Earth have risen.

History of Global Warming

Get a detailed account of how global warming came to be accepted by both politicians and scientists.

Reducing Gasoline Consumption

See why lowering gas consumption makes economic, environmental and political sense.

Greenpeace

Get the Greenpeace point of view and their viable solutions for a host of environmental problems including global warming, ozone depletion, loss of biodiversity, and toxic wastes.

An Environment Canada Look at Global Warming

This site takes a specific look at the potential impact of rising temperatures in Canada.

Tsunami Facts

Historically, tsunamis have ravaged the Hawaiian islands. In fact 13 have struck between 1900 and 1965.

In early October, 1996, the ozone hole in Antarctica peaked at a record 7.7 million square miles. (Source: U.N. weather agency) There is also ozone depletion in the Arctic and in the rest of the world. Interestingly, each region's atmospheric idiosyncrasies lead to different breakdown rates. This EPA site answers basic questions and, as well, provides links for the more serious surfer.

The Gaia Hypothesis

"You may find it hard to swallow the notion that anything as large and apparently inanimate as the Earth is alive. Surely, you may say, the Earth is almost wholly rock, and nearly all incandescent with heat. The difficulty can be lessened if you let the image of a giant redwood tree enter your mind.The tree undoubtedly is alive, yet 99% of it is dead.The great tree is an ancient spire of dead wood, made of lignin and cellulose by the ancestors of the thin layer of living cells which constitute its bark. How like the Earth, and more so when we realize that many of the atoms of the rocks far down into the magma were once part of the ancestral life of which we all have come."
-James Lovelock
Also read one of his favorite examples of how the earth's physical and biological realms are deeply integrated, creating the illusion that the planet itself is alive, acting as a giant organism with a variety of self-regulating systems.

Environmental Letters, Articles, and Book Reviews

"This collection represents the writing of Michael J. Vandeman, Ph.D. with regard to the pressing environmental issues of today. He has a persistent clarity of vision of a future where humans transform their greed into a profound respect for nature."

HEALTH

Viruses

Having trouble imagining the difference between a flu virus and a cold virus? This site offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of molecular invaders.

Cancer

Cancer can best be beaten through prevention, but according to this CBC site, good diet and not smoking are not enough. Government and industry have to protect us from carcinogenic chemicals that are found in cleaning products, fruits, meat and birth control pills.

USDA

Get a detailed nutritional analysis for every food you eat.

RADIO PROGRAMS

Quirks and Quarks

CBC radio's well-researched science program includes real audio, allowing you to tune into recent programs. More recently, they have converted many of their shows into downloadable mp3s as well.

LIBRARY REFERENCE SHELVES AND CHEMISTRY

Chemistry Timeline

A mostly visual timeline of the the key events in the history of chemistry.

Recent Discoveries

A summary of recent discoveries in the field of chemistry.

Methane Mamba

A dramatic series of demonstrations involving methane gas and soap bubbles. Brought to my attention by an excellent retired chemistry teacher (Neville Murison)

List of Common Chemicals

I was surprised by the number of chemicals that can be purchased at pharmacies and hardware stores. This wikipedia list is quite exhaustive.

Periodic Table Game

Race against the clock to enter as many elements of the periodic table as you can .

Dictionary of Science and Engineering

This British site has short entries in math, engineering, computing, chemistry and biology.

Canadian Scientists

Yes! people from north of the border have also made contributions.

ChemCool Periodic Table

Click on any element from the periodic table to look up everything from atomic mass to heat of vaporization.

Stain Removing Guide

How to use glycerin to remove tomato juice stains; vaseline to remove motor oil stains and much more.

ASTRONOMY

University of Indiana's Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.


Galileo Page

Galilei Galileo's discovery of Jupiter's main satellites changed the way we look at the solar system. Now almost four hundred years later, NASA's Galileo mission is exploring these exciting worlds, and at this site you could follow the mission's every manoeuvre.

The Drake Equation

SETI Institute's mission is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe.

This is a link to the Drake Equation, which tries to estimate the number of technological civilizations that might exist among the stars. For an interactive link, check out the PBS site.

Hubble Space Telescope Images

A nice archive of past and recent pictures, all of which can be downloaded.

Astronomy Hyper text Book

This never ending project includes lecture notes and an extensive glossary.

The Nine Planets

Thanks to the University of Arizona, you could access a detailed fact sheet on every planet and almost every moon in the solar system. And there's more too on asteroids, comets and other juicy astronomical topics.

MATHEMATICS

EquMath.NEt

A collection of math lessons from algebra to differential equations.

MUSEUMS

San Francisco's Exploratorium

A good deal of "hands-on science" can be found here. In June 2003, there was (and hopefully is still available) a feature on the chemistry of cooking. Learn for instance what happens to egg proteins when you beat eggs.

 

Whether you're interested in bookstores, bars, colleges or sports, Boston is America's prized city, and its science museum disappoints no one.

Ontario Science Centre

Many of the Ontario Science Center's exhibits stimulate visitors not only to push buttons but to think. Visit the best of the science museums, and naturally, it's Canadian.

PHYSICS

Causes of Colour

If you don't have the time or resourses to read The Physics and Chemistry of Color: The Fifteen Causes of Color by Kurt Nassau, this web site is the next best thing.

 

Standard Model of Matter

There is far more to subatomic particles than protons, electrons and neutrons. The Standard Model deals with 12 particles. Explore this site to know the difference between leptons and quarks.

 

Particle Adventure

Same topics as the above site but treated at a more elementary level.For more details and neat sites with flash,check their links.

How Transistors Work

Today, transistors are found in virtually every electronic device. If,however,they are a total mystery to you, this site will help you give insight into some basic electronics.

Fundamental Physics

A blog on basic physics in everyday life.

MISCELLANEOUS GOODIES

Nobel Prizes in Chemistry

A list of winners and their achievements is provided.

Nobel Prizes in Physics

A list of winners and their achievements is provided.

Bad Science

Common misconceptions are discussed. Highly regarded as a web site.

The Mad Scientist Network

A network of a hundred scientists from around the world answer your questions both by e-mail and on the web site itself. Many of the responses include references.
See recent questions from La Pietra students.

The Scriptovia

Scriptovia.com is an online community for students to collaborate and receive feedback on their academic work. This includes essays, notes, lab reports, presentations, and everything else students create to advance their knowledge.

 

 

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