Reference Materials - Science: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
A free educational site designed to help readers be informed about the natural world. From the American Institute of Biological Sciences.
From NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, this site provides up to date information about asteroids.
The online home of Astrobiology Magazine.
An Atlas of the Universe
A website with maps of the universe.
Chemistry-related podcasts created by the journal Nature.
Cosmic Journey: A History of Scientific Cosmology
An online exhibit by the American Institute of Physics.
Full text of the complete works of Charles Darwin online.
DNA Learning Center
"The DNA Learning Center (DNALC) is the world's first science center devoted entirely to genetics education and is an operating unit of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an important center for molecular genetics research."
"Webcasts, video clips, podcasts, and slideshows from the Exploratorium's collection of original programming, from remote scientific expeditions to fun hands-on activities." From the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California.
Exploring Life's Origins: A Virtual Exhibit
Explorign Life's Origins "use[s] molecular illustration and animation to help describe origins of life research and theories to broad audiences." From the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts.
"Futurity features the latest discoveries by scientists at top research universities in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia."
A site dedicated to the Hubble telescope and astronomy for a general audience.
Linus Pauling Online
Oregon State University's Linus Pauling collection.
Periodic Table Live!
An interactive periodic table of the elements that "allows you to explore a broad range of information about the elements, their reactions, their properties, their structures, and their histories."
The Periodic Table of Videos
An interactive periodic table of the elements that leads to short videos about each element.
Photobiological Sciences Online
Information about photobiology from the American Society for Photobiology.
Physics to Go
"An online monthly mini-magazine and a collection of more than 1,000 websites with physics images, activities, and info."
Plant Evolution Timeline
"A semantic web tool designed to help students studying the topics of Plant Evolution. It allows learners to visualise the circumstances and factors contributing to the current diversity of plant life." From the University of Cambridge. Also listed under Environmental Science/Studies and Green Living.
Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Open-access articles about science topics.
Ranking Web of Repositories
A source for finding repositories of scientific information.
"Science.gov searches over 55 databases and over 2100 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results."
Provides access to over 70 science blogs by leading bloggers in different scientific disciplines.
"Scitable is a free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group."
"SciVee was founded in 2007 by two well known researchers, Phil Bourne of UC San Diego and Leo Chalupa of UC Davis, as a science community site to promote researchers' work and collaboration. After initial success, we have expanded our mission to provide rich media solutions to the scientific, technical and medical market."
"Videos about the symbols of physics and astronomy."
Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms
"The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) created the Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms to help everyone understand the terms and concepts used in genetic research. In addition to definitions, specialists in the field of genetics share their descriptions of terms, and many terms include images, animation and links to related terms."
"Understanding Evolution is a non-commercial, education website, teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. This site is here to help you understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time." From the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education.
A site that "accurately communicates what science is and how it really works. ... gives users an inside look at the general principles, methods, and motivations that underlie all of science." From the UC Museum of Paleontology of the University of California at Berkeley.
Video lectures "given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science."
The World of Chemistry
"A video instructional series for college and high school classrooms and adult learners."
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