Reference Materials - Science: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

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Action Bioscience
A free educational site designed to help readers be informed about the natural world. From the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

The American Chemical Society

Asteroid Watch
From NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, this site provides up-to-date information about asteroids.

Astrobiology Magazine
The online home of Astrobiology Magazine.

An Atlas of the Universe
A website with maps of the universe.

Provides the periodic table of elements and detailed information about each element.

Chemistry-related podcasts created by the journal Nature.

Cosmic Journey: A History of Scientific Cosmology
An online exhibit by the American Institute of Physics.

Darwin Online
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."

E-Print Network
E-Print Network is " . . . a vast, integrated network of electronic scientific and technical information created by scientists and research engineers active in their respective fields, all full-text searchable. E-print Network is intended for use by other scientists, engineers, and students at advanced levels. [It is] a gateway to over 35,300 websites and databases worldwide, containing over 5.5 million e-prints in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also including subject areas such as chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to DOE." From the US Department of Energy.

A science news website that focuses primarily on astronomy but has other science news as well. Also listed under Environmental Science/Studies and Green Living.

Exploratorium TV
"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 U.S., 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.

National Science Foundation

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."

Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Open-access articles about science topics.

Ranking Web of Repositories
A source for finding repositories of scientific information.
" 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."

Science Blogs
Provides access to over 70 science blogs by leading bloggers in different scientific disciplines.

"ScienceOpen is a freely accessible research network to share and evaluate scientific information. We aggregate Open Access articles from a variety of sources – opening them up to commenting and discussion. Manuscripts submitted to ScienceOpen will be published Open Access and evaluated in a fully transparent Post-Publication Peer Review process."

"Scitable is a free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group."

SciTech Connect
"Your connection to science, technology, and engineering research information from the U.S. Department of Energy." Also listed under Environmental Science/Studies and Green Living.

"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."

Sixty Symbols
"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
"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.

Understanding Science
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."

Provides information about the elements.

The World of Chemistry
"A video instructional series for college and high school classrooms and adult learners."

" is a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific  databases and portals. accelerates scientific discovery and progress by providing one-stop searching of databases from around the world."

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