Saturday, October 15, 2005


Sat., Oct. 15, 2005

Found on:
June 10-16, 2005

Source: BirdLife International
Data Zone
“This is a fully relational database, known as the World Bird Database (WBDB).”

Source: The National Academies
National Academies Unveil Evolution Web Site
"The National Academies unveiled a new resource for the public on evolution. The Web site,, allows easy access to books, position statements, and additional resources on evolution education and research. These materials have been produced by the National Academies and other sources."

Health Information--Internet
Source: Consumer's Union
New Report, Consumer Health WebWatch Rates 20 Health Information Sites
"Following Consumer Reports WebWatch criteria for credibility, WebWatch employed professional testers to evaluate all 20 health information sites used in this study. HII used a different tool and employed raters from the health care community to create overall ratings. Together the two organizations rated the 20 most-trafficked sites according to Nielsen/NetRatings data across nine different attributes including identity, advertising and sponsorship disclosure, ease of use, privacy, coverage, design, accessibility and contents."
Top 20 Health Information Sites

World War II--Video Archive
Source: Ball State University, Digital Library Initiative, Educational Resources Center
WWII Historical Film Collection
"This collection consists of short films and news clips, primarily in black and white, documenting Allied operations and activities during WWII. In addition to footage of campaigns in Europe and in the Pacific, the films document activities on the homefront, including the efforts of African American colleges and farmers, the relocation and internment of Japanese civilians, and the victory garden program sponsored by the U.S. Office of Civilian Defense."

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf

The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team

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Sat., Oct. 15, 2005 -

Found in:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites 6/23/05

Bird on the brain
“Before you flutter your eyes and move on, this site is not just for people who are flighty for the feathered. Kidding aside, is a strikingly colorful and professionally compiled site replete with information and links. With everything from bird jokes to tips for bird watchers, this site is sure to make you go batty over birds - pardon the mixed-metaphor. .— RR”

Copyright 2005 USA TODAY


Sat., Oct. 15, 2005 - BioInteractive Virtual Museum / Evolution

Found in:
ENC Digital Dozen – August 2005

BioInteractive Virtual Museum
ENC#: ENC-033089
Publisher: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Date: 2005
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Synopsis: The medical and scientific marvels on display at this virtual museum invite wonder, exploration, and hands-on interaction. Topics range from obesity, biological clocks, DNA, and immunology, just to name a few, and include online laboratories, animations, museum presentations, and video clips.

This interactive web site, hosted by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Virtual Museum, includes links to online animations, virtual labs, virtual museum presentations, and video clips. A list of over 50 animations allows selection of a variety of topics ranging from general health issues, such as body mass index, to basic principles of biology, such as osmosis and diffusion. Other topics explore the mechanism of drug activities, how signals cross membranes through receptor tyrosine kinase signaling pathways, and how damaged DNA is repaired. Each animation is presented on the left of the screen with accompanying text on the right. Some of the animations also include audio narration. Virtual labs allow students to act as doctors, exploring heritable diseases of the heart. Similarly, in the immunology lab, students diagnose diseases caused by malfunctions of the immune system. Also, students can identify different types of bacteria based on their DNA sequences in the bacteria identification lab. The virtual museum presentations are devoted to biological clocks; the history of pathogens; understanding cardiovascular diseases; and examining how scientists study perception, movement, and thinking. Each tour provides links for easy navigation, as well as an accompanying video presentation. The web site also includes links to transcripts and videos of the HHMI Holiday Lecture Series. Abstracted 5/05. (Author/JS)
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Evolution : a journey into where we're from and where we're going
ENC#: ENC-020667
Publisher: PBS Online
Date: 2001
Grade(s): 6 - Post-Sec. ENC#: 020667

Synopsis: Jump into the evolution controversy with this thoughtfully designed and presented site from PBS. Designed to accompany a seven-part television series, the site explores Darwin's ideas, the origin of humanity, and even the intersection--and possible reconciliation--of faith and science. Online activities and simulations enhance the educational content.

This World Wide Web (WWW) site, developed as part of the evolution project produced by PBS, offers knowledge on the subject of evolution. The site has been developed to accompany an educational initiative, a seven-part television series, and a companion book. Topics presented in the main menu range from biographical information about Darwin and his revolutionary ideas, to the diverse tree of life, to mass extinction. The site also discusses interactions between and among organisms that ensure survival, genetic variation arising from sexual reproduction, and the origin of humankind. In addition, the site explores how to reconcile evolution and faith. An online professional development course is offered for teachers, and lessons are available for students. Information is presented through simulations, interactive activities, expert roundtable discussions, and seven short videos. In a sample section emphasizing the principle of natural selection, students gain an understanding of how it is possible for resistant bacteria to arise in a short time periods by running a simulation of bacteria insufficiently treated with antibiotics. A teacher's guide, featuring student activities and background resources, can be downloaded from the site in pdf form. Special software is required for certain programs and downloads. Abstracted 10/30/01. (Author/LEB)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Oct. 15, 2005

Found in:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences =====
====== June 24, 2005 =====
====== Volume 4, Number 13 ======

American Field Guide--Ocean Habitats: The Intertidal Zone [pdf,RealPlayer, Windows Media Player]>From PBS-American Field Guide, this website offers seventh- through ninth-grade teachers a downloadable unit comprised of four activities exploringthe ocean's intertidal zone. The unit encourages students to consider thelives of marine organisms in this dynamic oceanic zone. The brief activitiesinclude links to video segments about several different tide pools, and abeach habitat as well. The longest activity requires 45 minutes, while therest can be done in 30 minutes or less. The concise activity descriptionsinclude sections regarding Materials, Objectives, and Teaching Instructions.The site also includes corresponding National Content Standards. [NL]
[NOTE: Other pages from
previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Interactive Concepts in Biochemistry [Macromedia Flash Player, Chime]

Interactive Concepts in Biochemistry is a nicely designed companion website
to Dr. Rodney Boyer's _Concepts in Biochemistry, second edition_. Developed
collaboratively by Science Technologies and others, this multimedia site is
archived on the Wiley Publishers website. Site visitors will enjoy exploring
the engaging and instructive collection of Interactive Animations. The
collection includes Animations about DNA Replication, Signal Transduction,
Photosynthesis, Cell Structure, Protein Synthesis, and more. The site also
features a number of tutorials regarding Kinesin, Myoglobin & Hemoglobin,
tRNA, and Protein-DNA Interactions, to name a few. In addition, the website
offers reviews of such concepts as Logarithms, Thermodynamics, and
Elementary Kinetics; quizzes that correspond to chapters in Boyer's book;
and a collection of articles that consider the role of biochemistry in
addressing issues like Lactose Intolerance, Alcohol Abuse, and using
Methanol as Fuel. [NL]

Animal Skull Collection

This intriguing and impressive website of animal skull images and
information was developed by DeLoy Roberts, a high school biology and
zoology teacher in Idaho. The site is quite extensive with separate skull
galleries for mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, and fish.
Site visitors will find clear skull images of such animals as a badger,
wolf, boa constrictor, golden eagle, salmon, great gray owl, and many more.
The site also includes lists of Animal Skull Sizes (organized alphabetically
by animal as well as by size) for mammal and bird skulls in the collection.
For school groups that can make the trip, the actual skull collection is
maintained by Mr. Roberts at his high school in Idaho Falls, Idaho. [NL]

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County: Bird Site

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has compiled some general
information about bird evolution and diversity, anatomy and physiology,
adaptations and behavior, flight mechanics, and conservation. Educators will
find suggested classroom activities, which have been developed to assist
educators in preparing students for a visit to the Ralph W. Schreiber Hall
of Birds at the museum, but can also be adapted for use in any K-12
classroom or at home. A short description is provided for each of the
activities, which are "designed to help young people develop an
appreciation, respect and understanding of the diversity and nature of
birds." A vocabulary section reviews some key terms used for learning about
birds. [VF]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout
Project 1994-2005.

Friday, October 14, 2005


Fri., Oct. 14, 2005 - Yoga / Tai Chi

Found in:
Volume 7, Issue 7
July, 2005
The popularity of Yoga and Tai Chi has soared over the last decade, as evidenced by the demand for the classes offered by our Library. There are many sites on the Web for novices or advanced students of these disciplines.


Yoga Journal,, is a good place to start. It is a searchable, interactive site with information for beginners to advanced students….Yoga Journal is a comprehensive site with many detailed articles, and even streaming video of yoga poses and exercises you can follow from home! It’s well worth exploring.
Another informative site is Yoga Basics,, an “online guide to yoga postures, yoga meditation, yoga breathing and hatha yoga.” Here you can find information on the history and philosophy of yoga, read about the different types of yoga (karma, hatha, bhakti, tantric, etc.), and again see the different poses illustrated and explained. You do not have to be a member to use this site, however, there is “premium content” for members.,, is another comprehensive site “for all styles, exercises, poses, breathing techniques and meditation.” Sections include: Yoga Information (history, system, principles, Bhagavad Gita), Styles of Yoga (Kundalini, Ashtanga, Hatha, Bikram and Power), Practicing Yoga (Yoga for beginner, basic sessions, relaxation), Yoga & Health and the, where you can buy everything yoga!
Finally, an extensive yoga directory is YogaFinder, At this site you can find: yoga classes, events, music and artists, retreat centers, teacher’s training, products, and jobs/opportunities.
2. Tai Chi
Tai Chi Chuan is a “slow-motion, moving, meditative exercise for relaxation, health and self-defense,” according to The Patience Tâ ai Chi Association,….Learning Tai Chi includes: information on videos, essays and insights, a Tai Chi instructor referral service which you can search by state, recommended reading and Tai Chi links.
Most of the websites I found are associated with Tai Chi schools or individual instructors. One worthwhile site that offers worthwhile information is Yang Style Tai Chi, The History of Tai Chi is a good overview of the art and its founders….There is an extensive discussion of Taoism: the Philosophy of Tai Chi, and descriptions and illustrations of The Tai Chi Exercise Forms.

Provided by Hara Cohen from the Commack Public Library


Fri., Oct. 14, 2005 - Heimlich Maneuver

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, June 7, 2005

The Heimlich Maneuver

Today's site presents research and information about the widely known
Heimlich Maneuver. Gentle Subscribers may be surprised by findings which
have demonstrated the effectiveness of the Heimlich Maneuver in saving the
lives of those experiencing a severe asthma attack.

"Today, it has been proven that thousands of people, many of them children,
are dying needlessly from asthma attacks, heart attacks and drowning.
Recent changes in life saving methods are being taught to relatively small
groups by first aid organizations. Until the word is spread to the entire
public, these unwarranted deaths will continue." - from the website

The site offers essential instructions for performing the Heimlich
Maneuver, along with changes endorsed by the medical community on
life-saving procedures. Covering the use of the Heimlich Maneuver in a
life-threatening occurrence such as choking, and the less well known
drowning and asthma situations, the site seeks to inform the public about
using the procedure in these instances. Additional information about using
the technique on infants is also provided, along with the possibly
startling news that it can be effective in saving the life of a choking

Leap over to the site for instructions and information on a life-saving
technique everyone should know at:

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view the List archives on the web at:


Fri., Oct. 14, 2005 - Rx for Survival

Rx for Survival - PBS
"An extensive companion site premieres here in late October 2005. This
television event looks at the most critical and emerging threats to global
public health and chronicles the leaders who, against all odds, deliver the
goods. "


Fri., Oct. 14, 2005

Found in:

PBS Teacher Previews: October 16-22, 2005
"NOVA scienceNOW"
Middle / High School
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
The fourth episode of NOVA's magazine-style series looks at New
Orleans in the wake of the damage caused by Katrina, attempts
to create artificial life, the mysteries of lightning, surgery
on pet fish and more. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Watch our online video dispatch; correspondent Chad Cohen
checks in from atop a lightning research tower in Florida.
[NOTE: see Teaching Guide pasted at the bottom. – Phyllis ]


Secrets of the Dead
"The Hunt for Nazi Scientists"
Middle / High School
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
Join us for this episode that explores the silent race between
the Allies to capture Germany's top scientists during the
waning days of World War II. This episode is filled with
real-life accounts of the secret raids, rare archival footage,
vivid eyewitness testimonies and the exploration of a
technological legacy that played itself out well into the Cold
War and the race for space. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Learn more about the hunt for Nazi scientists at the companion
Web site.
[NOTE: Other pages from this series previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Press Release from Channel 13:
Secrets of the Dead - "The Hunt for Nazi Scientists"


Actor Liev Schreiber Narrates One-Hour Program On Search For Hitler's Elite Scientists

Features Footage Shot By Secret Agents During Daring Undercover Missions And First-Hand Accounts From Actual World War II Agents And Scientists

In the dying days of World War II, undercover Allied agents engaged in a desperate race against one other to capture the best and brightest of Germany’s scientific community. With Hitler's army in retreat, American, British and Russian forces set their sights on the architects of the Nazis' advanced "Vengeance" weapons - high-tech airplanes, sophisticated rockets and even, perhaps, a German atomic bomb. The end goal was critical: Whoever captured the scientists and the technology would gain a major advantage in the looming Cold War. The Hunt for Nazi Scientists tells the story of this crucial pursuit through real-life accounts of daring raids, rare archival footage, vivid eye-witness testimonies and visits to the Nazis' technological hideaways. Thirteen/WNET New York's SECRETS OF THE DEAD: The Hunt for Nazi Scientists launches Season Five of the critically-acclaimed series on Wednesday, October 19 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

"We weren't looking for Himmler, we weren't looking for Hitler, we were looking strictly for people of intelligence interest," says veteran BBC reporter Charles Wheeler in The Hunt for Nazi Scientists. During the war, Wheeler was a member of 30AU, a British commando unit devised by James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

Among the many crucial finds revealed in The Hunt For Nazi Scientists was the top-secret, underground Nazi rocket facility called the Mittelwerk, which the Americans discovered in April 1945. As surprised as they were by the scale of the operation and the quantity of weapons, the Americans were even more shocked by the way they had been built: tens of thousands of slave laborers had been used to construct the V2s, the world's first ballistic missiles.

"In the tunnel, just being there was a terrible punishment because we were cold and hungry and tired all the time and it was terrible, it was horrible. There were beatings for any minor infringement of discipline," says Andrew Herskovits, an Auschwitz survivor who was 14 when he was forced to begin working in the tunnels. "The punishment for sabotage was death by hanging - of course almost anything could be classified as sabotage."

While some teams hunted down the rocket engineers, others were fixated on the Nazis' atomic bomb program. The Allies' greatest fear was two-fold: did Germany posses the know-how to build a nuclear reactor - and did they have enough uranium to spark an atomic chain-reaction?

The Pentagon dispatched American agents on a top-secret mission to locate German physicist Werner Heisenberg, chief of the Nazi atomic bomb project. The mission, code-named ALSOS, required highly-trained agents to slip deep into Germany, flush out Heisenberg and shut down Hitler's nuclear facilities.

"It was urgent, because if Hitler had the bomb we'd all be speaking German today probably," says ALSOS veteran Marte Previti, who was later awarded the British Empire Medal by the King of England for his part in rescuing the family of a German scientist from behind Russian lines.

ALSOS didn't know how close the Nazis had come to building an atomic bomb or what resources they were using, but there were rumors about a flurry of secret activity in a cave beneath a massive castle in Haigerloch, Germany. There, the agents discovered a nuclear reactor, as well as a nearby cache of more than two tons of uranium that was quickly shipped to the United States for use in The Manhattan Project.

Publicly, the Allies presented a united front. But behind the scenes, as The Hunt for Nazi Scientists reveals, the battle for Germany's spoils grew intense. With the Russians at their heels, British intelligence agents closed in on radical aircraft designer Helmut Walter, who built the rocket engine for Germany's revolutionary Messerschmitt 163, also known as "the flying bomb." In the end, all three nations got their hands on the 163, shipping the planes home to try to exploit the new technology.

With an eye toward future conflicts, each nation was also vying to capture rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, head of the Nazi rocket program. "Von Braun was one of a group of quite visionary scientists, people who had a dream of space flight, they were almost crazy people," says military aviation historian Robert Hewson in The Hunt for Nazi Scientists. "Because from the really primitive rocket technology that existed at the time, they were dreaming of voyages to the stars, and that's particularly true of von Braun."

Eventually, with certain capture at hand, von Braun and his fellow scientists grappled with a decision that would greatly impact the race to space: which country - Russia or America - would allow them to continue building their rockets? In the end, America won out. The Germans surrendered to the U.S. and agreed to share their secrets, hoping for VIP treatment in return.

America did give the German rocket scientists the opportunity to continue their work, but to the dismay of many, "inconvenient" facts like von Braun's SS membership and his use of slave labor were swept under the rug in order to make the transition to America a smooth one. The Russians still beat the United States into space, although von Braun's expertise eventually paid off when the Americans leapfrogged the USSR and landed the first men on the moon in 1969. Von Braun became an instant icon, but for some, the moment of American triumph was bittersweet.

"When I heard that they were feted and treated as national heroes in the United States I was outraged and disgusted," says Herskovits in The Hunt for Nazi Scientists. "Thousands and thousands of American soldiers died liberating Europe to defeat Hitler and these people were the mainstays of Hitler's reign of terror and there they were being feted like heroes."

Hundreds of German scientists lived and worked in America and Russia after the war, and both sides exploited their expertise for decades as the Cold War played out. The Hunt for Nazi Scientists tells the story of the scientists' dramatic capture, and reveals startling connections between the German WWII technology and the next generation of American and Soviet war planes, missiles and bombs.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: The Hunt for Nazi Scientists is a Windfall Films production for Thirteen/WNET New York, in association with National Geographic Channels International and Five (UK). The film is written, produced and directed by Mark Radice. For Thirteen, the executive producer is Jared Lipworth.

Visit the SECRETS OF THE DEAD Web site at for more information.


American Experience
"Two Days in October"
Middle / High School
Monday, October 17, 2005
9 - 10:30 pm
In October 1967, history turned a corner. In a jungle in
Vietnam, a Viet Cong ambush nearly wiped out an American
battalion, prompting some in power to question whether the war
might be unwinnable. On a campus in Wisconsin, a student
protest against the war spiraled out of control, marking the
first time that a campus anti-war demonstration had turned
violent. Told almost entirely by the people who took part in
the harrowing events of those two days, the film opens a window
onto a moment that divided a nation and a war that continues to
haunt us. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Some survived the horror of a deadly ambush in Vietnam. Some
were in the thick of student antiwar protests. All continue to
be affected by the events of October 1967. Log on to explore
the stories of ten people interviewed in the film.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Destination America
"The Golden Door" (part 1 of 4)
Middle / High School
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
9 - 10:00 pm
This series explores the remarkable mass migration to the
United States. The first episode features an illegal Mexican
immigrant and outlines the sweep of immigration across more
than 350 years of American history, focusing on the early
history of Mexican immigration, the Norwegian immigrants to the
Midwest and the Irish famine. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Take our online quiz and find out from where the term "melting
pot" originated.

Destination America
"The Art of Departure" (part 2 of 4)
Middle / High School
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
10 - 11:00 pm
Creative spirits have come to America from all over the world,
drawn to the possibilities of a free society, but it has never
been easy to leave home. This episode features a dancer from
Taiwan and two artists from Russia. It also tells the story of
the unprecedented array of scientists, artists and
intellectuals who fled fascism in the 1930s. (CC, Stereo, 1

Download a lesson plan in which students learn about the
process of applying for asylum.
"Wacipi PowWow"
Middle / High School

This Web site, produced by PBS member station TPT, attempts to
capture the beauty, excitement and cultural importance of the

Understandings of Consequence Project
Elementary / Middle / High School

“The Understandings of Consequence Project aims to help students
learn difficult science concepts by engaging them in how
scientists think about the underlying causality.” Curriculum
modules include density, ecosystems, pressure and simple

Copyright 2005 PBS Online.
---------Forwarded Message--------
[NOVA Teachers] October 18, 2005
Hello Educators,

Next week, tune into NOVA scienceNOW, which will feature video
segments on the quest to create artificial life, the latest
thinking on the origins of lightning, a profile of neuroscientist
Erich Jarvis, and the little-known specialty of fish surgery. Watch
the segments online beginning October 19. (QuickTime, RealVideo, or
Windows Media plug-in required.) (Subjects covered: Earth science,
life science, physics, technology/engineering)

Do your students have questions about any of these topics? From now
until the day after the broadcast (October 19), NOVA will collect
reader questions and send them to experts for each topic. Selected
responses will be posted on October 21. (Please note that your
questions may be edited for clarity.) Visit the following pages to
send in questions for your area of interest:

Artificial Life


Erich Jarvis (bird neuroscience)

Fish Surgery

Hurricane Katrina

In the coming weeks:

Oct. 25 -- Ancient Creatures of the Deep (R)

Nov. 1 -- Volcano Under the City

Nov. 8 -- Hitler's Sunken Secret

For an extended list of upcoming programs, including a downloadable
PDF of the fall season, visit

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents NOVA scienceNOW
Broadcast: October 18, 2005
(Check your local listings as broadcast dates and times may vary.
These programs have one-year off-air taping rights.)

Artificial Life

Let's Make a Microbe!
Get a sense of what it means to be alive by making a very simple
cartoon microbe and, at each step, find out where actual efforts
are to make synthetic life in the lab. (Flash plug-in required;
printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Frances Collins Interview
Read this interview to find out what the head of the Human
Genome Project thinks about concocting life in the lab.
(Grades 9-12)

Fish Surgery

Rx for Fish
Listen to and view this four-segment audio slide show that talks
about some of the diseases that fish and humans have in common
and shows how fish are treated, sometimes surgically, for
various ailments. Total running time: 10 minutes 49 seconds.
(Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Profile: Erich Jarvis

Meet Erich Jarvis
Read what Jarvis has to say about why he finds bird brains so
interesting, why he needs more than just science in his life,
why he calls himself a scientific artist, and more.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Bird Brain
Get an inside look at just what makes up a bird brain.
(QuickTime plug-in required for rotating brain image.)
(Grades 9-12)


How Lightning Works
Find out what scientists think may trigger the four million
lightning flashes that occur on Earth each day. (Grades 9-12)

Lightning Varieties
View this slide show to learn about nine types of lighting,
including red sprites, elves, and volcanic lightning. (Flash
plug-in required; printable version available.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Hurricane Katrina

Wetland Destruction
Visit the damaged wetlands south of the city with correspondent
Peter Standring. Running time: 1 minute 57 seconds. (QuickTime,
RealVideo, or Windows Media plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

The Levees
Watch brief animations to see where and how each of the three
New Orleans levees failed. (QuickTime, RealVideo, or Windows
Media plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

The Producer's Story
Read a firsthand account from producer Peter Doyle describing
what the wetlands south of New Orleans were like shortly after
the disaster. (Grades 9-12)

Learn about features and dispatches as they are posted to the NOVA
scienceNOW Web site by signing up for Really Simple Syndication
(RSS), a format that allows you to easily read the latest news from
a number of Web sites. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Read what the NOVA scienceNOW producers, editors, and correspondents
are thinking about. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Get Involved
Find ways to get involved in science, from attending science
lectures to joining real science projects. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

For Educators
Discover the many ways you can integrate NOVA scienceNOW into your
classroom, including teacher's guides, links to science news
stories, and more. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

For Scientists
Obtain advice on how you can get your research news out to others.

Science News
Keep current with the most important stories by reading the top
science news articles from the mainstream media. Check back daily
for the top stories. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)


Thursday, October 13, 2005


Thurs., Oct. 13, 2005 - Geologic Time: Story of a Changing Earth

Geologic Time: The Story of a Changing Earth (interactive)

“The Hadean Eon of geologic time began with the birth of the solar system, including our planet, Earth, and ended with the formation of the oldest rocks that are still preserved on the surface of Earth.”


Thurs., Oct. 13, 2005 - Butterfly Rainforest / Earth's Ring of Fire

Found in:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for June 9, 2005

Butterfly Rainforest ----------------------------------------------------
A companion site to "a living exhibit that supports hundreds of
butterflies from around the world." The site features information
about the exhibit, a butterfly discovery game, and an image
gallery with hundreds of vivid, high-quality photographs of
butterfly species from around the world (in "Butterfly Fun"). Also
find questions and answers about butterflies and moths, including
"what they eat, how long they live, [and] who wins the prizes for
largest and smallest species." From the Florida Museum of Natural
* Butterflies
* Natural history museums
* Museums
Created by: ne


The Earth's Ring of Fire -------------------------------------------------
An overview and map of this area circling the Pacific Ocean. "The
zone #151 the 'Ring of Fire' — notorious for frequent
earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, coincides with the edges of
one of the world's main tectonic plates. More than half of the
world's active volcanoes above sea level are part of the ring."
From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
* Volcanoes
* Earthquakes
* Plate tectonics
* Geodynamics
Created by: mcb


Use of the annotations from this list must be accompanied by:
Copyright 2005 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII.
Thank you for using Librarians' Index to the Internet!

Karen G. Schneider,
New This Week Listowner, and Director, Librarians' Index to the Internet
Websites you can trust!


Thurs., Oct. 13, 2005 - Biological Basis of Heredity / Butterflies

Found in:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences =====
====== June 10, 2005 =====
====== Volume 4, Number 12 ======

Palomar College: Biological Basis of Heredity

This online tutorial on the Biological Basis of Heredity was developed by
Dennis O'Neil of the Behavioral Sciences Department at Palomar College. The
tutorial provides information about five main topics: Basic Cell Structures,
Cell Reproduction, Recombination and Linkage, Sex Linked Genes, and
Molecular Level of Genetics. Students wishing to review content material
from the different topic areas can utilize online flashcards and crossword
puzzles, which are also available in printed form. The site also contains a
sizeable Glossary of Terms, a selection of related links, and information
about tutorial accessibility. In addition, this site links to a number of
other physical anthropology tutorials developed by O'Neil.
( ) [NL]
[NOTE: Other tutorials previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Virtual Museum of Canada: Butterflies North and South
This website from the Virtual Museum of Canada introduces buddingentomologists and other curious visitors to butterflies and moths found inboth Canada and Peru. The site's Gallery allows visitors to peruse images ofmany beautiful moths and butterflies accompanied by concise descriptiveinformation about Life History, Habitat and Range, Host Plants, FlightPeriod, and more. Notably, site visitors can choose to display thumbnailimages of different butterfly and moth species by Habitat, Families, orColour. The Teachers and Games section of the site offers a number ofclassroom activity descriptions, and self-directed educational games forstudents. The site also has a nice illustrated Questions & Answers section,information about butterfly conservation in Canada and Peru, a sizeableBibliography, and a helpful Glossary. [NL]
[NOTE: Other exhibitions from
(shortened URL: ) previously posted. – Phyllis ]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences, Copyright Internet ScoutProject 1994-2005.


Thrus., Oct. 13, 2005 - ZeroBio

--------Forwarded Message--------
It's Tuesday, June 21, 2005 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

This is a website that was designed for science students in grades 9-12 (who
attend a particular high school). It doesn't contain curriculum, but it does
contain some really interesting and fun interactive quizzes, games and
puzzles to practice what one usually learns in high school biology classes.
Just by doing the activities you can test your knowledge of a subject or
learn the material for the first time. (Frankly, I think younger students
would enjoy some of these activities and it would serve as an introduction
to the kind of material they are expected to learn in the upper grades.)

When you get to the site you will see a welcome message. There is a
drop-down menu you can use at the bottom of the page to navigate the site --
but it may be easier to just use the click-through menu on the left and
right sides at the top of the screen. You can access games and quizzes on
genetics, molecule identification, and even a dissection lab!

Diane Flynn Keith
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Tuesday, October 11, 2005


Tues., Oct. 11, 2005 - Everything Pirate-related

Found on:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites 6/27/05

Dead Men Tell No Tales
“Arrrggggh, Matey!
Do you dream of sailing the high seas with a band of scalywags? At 'Dead Men Tell No Tales', you can find everything pirate-related. Peg legs sold separately.”

Copyright 2005 USA TODAY


Tues., Oct. 11, 2005 - A Nagasaki Report

Found in:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for June 30, 2005

A Nagasaki Report ---------------------------------------------------------
On-the-scene reporting of Nagasaki, written in September, 1945 by
American George Weller, "the first foreign reporter to enter
Nagasaki following the U.S. atomic attack." Copies of these
stories, originally censored by U.S. occupation forces, were
discovered after among Weller's effects after his death in 2002.
From the Mainichi Daily News, Japan.
* Atomic bomb
* Nagasaki-shi (Japan)
* World War, 1939-1945
Created by: mcb
[NOTE: Could not connect to the Mainichi Daily News page, but found the report on Shortened URL: - Phyllis ]

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Tues., Oct. 11, 2005 - Vietnam War Resources

Vietnam War Resources
(in alphabetical order)
[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some were previously posted. Other pages
from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Vietnam Veterans WWW Resources


Tues., Oct. 11, 2005

Found in:
Date Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2005 5:52 PM
News from American Experience

In this issue:
- AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and the Sixties Online

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and the Sixties Online

The Sixties were a decade of turmoil and change in politics, war,
society, and culture. For a generation of Americans, things would
never be the same. Assassinations ripped at the heart of the country.
The Vietnam War further divided an already troubled nation. And new
kinds of music provided the soundtrack for social change and
counter-culture lifestyles.

This week, PBS has been traveling back to the 1960s with special
television programming. Explore the history of those turbulent years

The Kennedys: Family Tree
[NOTE: Home page:
previously posted. – Phyllis ]

The assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 touched off a decade of
painful losses. Eight years later, his brother Robert Kennedy met a
similar fate. But facing a decade of challenges, the Kennedy family
represented hope and leadership for many Americans. Explore this
iconic family in the Kennedy Family Tree.

Reflections on Malcolm X
[NOTE: Home page:
previously posted. – Phyllis ]

In his lifetime, Malcolm X was many men. Born Malcolm Little, he later
became "Detroit Red" and "New York Red" -- a hustler, drug pusher,
pimp, con man and the head of a Boston robbery ring. After spending
time in prison, he emerged as Malcolm X, the fiery, eloquent spokesman
for the Nation of Islam. In these videos, hear reflections on Malcolm
X from his friends and family.

Vietnam from 1945 to the Postwar
[NOTE: Home page:
previously posted. – Phyllis ]

In the Sixties, Americans became intimately familiar with the cities
and towns of a small nation half a world away. Access maps of Vietnam
from its colonial years to the end of the Vietnam War.


Coming Up


Monday, October 17 on PBS

During two turbulent days in October 1967, history turned a corner. In
Vietnam, a U.S. battalion unwittingly marched into a Viet Cong trap.
Half a world away, concerned students at the University of Wisconsin
mounted a protest. Explore a moment that divided a nation, and a war
that continues to haunt us.

Monday, October 10, 2005


Mon., Oct. 10, 2005 - Work of Shigeo Fukuda / Eye Magic (optical illusions)

The Work of Shigeo Fukuda
From the site:
“Shigeo Fukuda is a master of the ambiguous illusion. He creates sculptures which look like complete chaos when viewed at many angles, yet from one or more precise angles, chaos is turned into perfection with an exact likeness of a sculpture without flaw!”

Eye Magic
From the site:
“There are many tricks that can be played on the eye without having the need of a conjurer!
Try these out for yourself, read the physical explanation, then try them out on your friends!


Mon., Oct. 10, 2005 - Thailand / Optical Illusions / Pop-up & Movable Books

Found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 357 6/30/05

Beautiful Thailand

Anyone who has visited Thailand can attest to the diverse beauty of the
country and the genuine kindness of its people. In the aftermath of the
Tsunami disaster and the international attention it brought, this site
provides a reminder of the deeper soul that exists within Thailand's
history and culture.

The Beautiful Thailand website is an oasis on the Internet where visitors
can learn about the history, geography, customs, religion, and tourism of
Thailand. Listen to the Thai national anthem, read about the Royal Family,
and scroll the gallery of beautiful photographs that chronicle daily life
in both urban and rural Thailand.

Optical Illusions Etc

Challenge your skills of perception at this cool site, which is all about
the many different forms of Optical Illusion. Whether these illusions are
conveyed through fractals, architecture, art, or other mediums, they are
bound to remind you that seeing "is not believing."

There is so much to see on this website, from Science Art and Visual Street
Art to the many man-made fractal illusions. Be sure to check out the work
of Julian Beever, as well as the section of the site that demystifies the
optical illusion behind The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

Pop-up and Movable Books

Many of us have fond childhood memories of reading "Pop-up" or "Moveable"
books. These large tomes, filled with creatively constructed pages,
provide an added "physical" element to the storytelling experience.

Learn the surprisingly long history of "Pop-Up and Movable Books" at this
interesting site, which features pieces from the Weaver Collection at the
University of North Texas. Visitors will learn all about the inventors,
publishers, and evolution of moveable books, including one notable treasure
from 19th Century France entitled Le Chaperon Rouge ("Little Red Riding
A complete archive of previous Cool Tricks can be viewed at


Mon., Oct. 10, 2005 - China / Korea

China Virtual Tours
Includes virtual tours of the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, many cities, Tibet, and more.
[NOTE: Link to the Forbidden City previously posted. – Phyllis ]

China's Ancient Buried Army
over 500 life-sized statues of. human figures and horses


CNN: Korea: States of War
“The Korean War erupted on June 25, 1950. The three years of brutal fighting between the North and South ended in a truce, leaving the two Koreas bitter, armed to the teeth and technically still at war.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

Online New Hour: North Korea: Nuclear Standoff

Hidden Korea
From the site: “Embark on a culinary and cultural tour! HIDDEN KOREA
is a nourishing introduction to – or reminder of – the rich food & culture
of an ancient society.”


Mon, Oct. 10, 2005 - Glasgow & Scotland / Australia / Canada

Best Laid Schemes
From the site:
“Best Laid Schemes lets you watch full films from the Scottish Screen Archive
online, on demand.” offering a history of both Glasgow and Scotland.


All About Australia!
Includes animals, culture, fast facts, flag, government, history, map, and sports.

Found in:

Teacher Tip Newsletter Issue 263
Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Subject Matter Site of the Week
Teaching & Learning About Canada
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Home > Teacher Resource > Subject Matter > Social Studies > Canada
Scroll down for links

© 2005 Teachnology, Inc. All rights reserved

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, July 1, 2005

An American's Guide to Canada

Today's site, by American expatriate Emily Way, presents an engaging look
at that looming land mass north of the 49th parallel. Gentle Subscribers
will find both information and amusement in this view of Canada, otherwise
known by travel writer extraordinaire, Bill Bryson, as that "non-American
territory" between New Hampshire and Alaska.

"Most Americans know next to nothing about their neighbo(u)r to the north,
except that Canadians play a lot of hockey, drink beer, and end sentences
with "eh?". These pages ... are intended to give Americans a better idea
just what goes on in the Great White North. ... Its relatively small
population and expansive landscape give it a distinctive character ..." -
from the website

The site offers enjoyable sections on "Canadianisms" including terms like
'loonies' and 'The States'; "What Every Canadian Knows", explaining the
mysteries of poppy wearing and Canadian Tire Money; and "True Facts" with a
bountiful selection of statistics on population, land area, politics,
government and the outstanding -- more doughnut shops per capita than the
U.S. Additional sections highlight roadside attractions, sport, history,
the media and academia, all with a nod to spotlighting the oftentimes
diverting dissimilarities of this other English-speaking nation sharing the
North American continent.

Saunter to the site for a fond perspective on Canada at:

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:

Sunday, October 09, 2005


Sun., Oct. 9, 2005 - Multiple Subject Lessons / Shape & Space in Geometry

Found in:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology ==
======== June 17, 2005 ===
======== Volume 4, Number 12 ======

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition: Math Lessons

The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language
Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA) is funded through the No Child Left
Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) to support the Office of English Language
Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited
English Proficient Students (OELA). The National Clearinghouse "is
authorized to collect, analyze, synthesize, and disseminate information
about language instruction educational programs for limited English
proficient children, and related programs," with an emphasis on academic
content, English proficiency assessments, and accountability systems. This
section of the website lists select websites that offer online Math lesson
plan ideas. Other subjects featured in the lesson plans section include
science, social studies, language arts, and foreign language/ESL. The
National Clearinghouse website is also a resource for information on
demographics and other statistics related to English Language Learners
(ELLs), educational policy information, and a variety of other educational
resources of interest to practicing teachers, prospective teachers, parents,
community members, researchers, and service providers. Several terms
commonly used in relation to the education of linguistically and culturally
diverse students are defined in the Glossary of the Ask an Expert section,
where visitors to the website can also submit a question they want answered.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted.
Includes links for multiple subject areas. – Phyllis ]

Annenberg Teachers Lab: Shape and Space in Geometry

Annenberg/CPB, part of The Annenberg Foundation, develops multimedia
resources to help teachers "increase their expertise in their fields and
assist them in improving their teaching methods." This section of the
Annenberg Teachers Lab features lessons on Shape and Space in Geometry. The
website reviews the ways in which geometry is not abstract, but rather is
"fun and colorful, instructive and practical." A background article explains
how geometry is part of real life and why geometry is an important part of
math education. The site offers several classroom activities, which are
divided into two broad categories. The first set of activities is about
shape and focus on identifying properties of various shapes and measuring
their dimensions. The second set is about space and focus on moving objects
in your imagination, and visualizing how things will look. An overview page
for each set of activities discusses the rationale for the focus on shape
and space, and reviews the NCTM Standards addressed through the activities.
[VF] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, CopyrightInternet Scout Project 1994-2005.


Sun., Oct. 9, 2005 - That Quiz (math)

That Quiz
From the site:
“ThatQuiz is a free online resource for math practice and testing. It was written by Andrew Lyczak in the summer of 2004 and later expanded according to teacher needs and requests. The original goal was to provide easily accessible software for schools which were not fully utilizing the computers they had in their classrooms. The site has also become popular for students who want extra math practice at home. Although the first tests available were most suitable for elementary school students, new areas have been added for higher grades: algebra, angles, triangles, probability and geometry.
All users have access to all of the tests without registration. There is no reason for students to register since the additional features are only useful for teachers. Registration is free and teachers who choose to register receive record-keeping of scores for their classes. They have access to more precise test-generation tools, can create single tests with questions from different categories, and can make their own multiple choice questions.”


Sun., Oct. 9, 2005 - DIG Stats

DIG stats
Series: Teaching Inquiry with the Latest Technology (TILT)
Grades: 9 10 11 12 Post-Sec.
ENC#: ENC-023966
Publisher: Central Virginia Governors School for Science and Technology
Date: 1999

Synopsis: I dig stats; do you dig stats? Delve into descriptive and inferential statistics, and then proceed to graphical analysis. Each section provides overviews with related activities. The activities contain data sets for students to use, either with spreadsheets or calculators.

This Internet site is a resource for integrating statistics and data visualization into mathematics and science courses. It features activities that conceptually introduce students in grades 9-14 to statistical and graphical analysis techniques. Technology is used to do the mathematical calculations so students can focus on interpreting the results and developing a conceptual understanding of the statistical and graphical techniques. Modules offering topic discussions and hands-on activities cover concepts that include descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, two-dimensional graphical analysis, and three-dimensional data visualization. The goal is to help teachers teach statistics without using simple canned data sets and to integrate data visualization activities into existing courses. Students work with real world data sets from a variety of scientific disciplines and engage in problem solving. Data sets sources include databases, university and government researchers, and student research projects.
For example, students calculate the standard deviation of different ingredients present in cigarettes. The data, a collection of statistics published by the manufacturers of each product, describe the tar, nicotine, and carbon dioxide content in each brand of cigarette. Students investigate questions such as the following: Which, of the tar and nicotine, has the smaller standard deviation? What is the range for the tar and for nicotine? Which data set, the tar or the nicotine, has data points that tend to cluster more around its mean? Abstracted 03/02. (Author/JRS)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Oct. 9, 2005 - 321Know Math

321Know Math (Gr. 1-8)
From the site:
“Hundreds of pages of Basic Math Skills.
Interactive Practice on every page.
An Explanation of the math topic on each page.”

Major Math Web Sites
Many of these sites maintain extensive lists of links to web pages.

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