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2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid Pathway Map
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The University of Minnesota Biocatalysis/Biodegradation Database (UM/BBD) contains "microbial biocatalytic reactions and biodegradation pathways primarily for xenobiotic, chemical compounds." A new microbial enzyme-catalyzed reactions has been posted for 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid. 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) is used in cultivated agricultural areas, rangeland and pastures, forests, and homes or gardens, and is "a chlorinated phenoxy compound [that] functions as a systemic herbicide and is used to control many types of broadleaf weeds." The degradation pathway map includes organisms which can initiate the pathway. The pathway map provides detailed information on each hyperlinked step, including graphics, product/substrate reactions, and external links to further information.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
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Diagram/Illustration
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Author:
Hill, Brian.
Oh, Dong Jun.
Young, Eva.
Date Added:
06/02/2007
2MASS Second Incremental Data Release Gallery
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On July 14, NASA announced the public release of a huge collection of images (1.9 million) from the Two-Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), the most thorough census of stars ever made. Using two automated, 51-inch telescopes, one in Arizona and the other in Chile, the three-year-old survey has so far taken images of half a million galaxies and 162 million stars. By its completion, the survey's catalogs will contain more than 300 million objects. A sampling of these images has been placed online at the 2MASS site at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at the California Institute of Technology. The twelve-page gallery contains some amazing images, including the center of the Milky Way, the Sombrero galaxy, the Crab Nebula, and the Dark Nebula, offered as large thumbnails which link to a full-sized image. Users can learn more about 2MASS at the survey's homepages at Caltech and the University of Massachusetts.

Subject:
Education
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
03/18/2004
4-H Youth Development Organization
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With over 100 years of service, the 4-H Organization is committed to helping "young people and their families gain the skills they need to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy." Their work includes outreach to agricultural communities, teen leadership programs, and many other initiatives. On the site's homepage, visitors will find four primary areas, including "About 4-H", "Programs", and "Resource Library". In the "Resource Library" area, visitors can learn about 4-H curriculum materials, volunteer resources, and grant opportunities. Moving on, the "Programs" area includes information about their youth research programs that address climate change, community leadership, and childhood obesity. Also, visitors can sign up for the "Power of YOUth News" updates and other news bulletins.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
05/22/2011
ACS Green Chemistry Institute
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This special feature page from the American Chemical Society (ACS) showcases the up-and-coming field of "green chemistry," that is, the development of chemical products and processes that eliminate or reduce the use and generation of hazardous substances. A list of principles behind green chemistry, a searchable bibliography of green chemistry references, and green chemistry links (including conferences). This page comes from ACS's Green Chemistry Project, a three-year educational project to develop and disseminate green chemistry educational materials for graduate and undergraduate chemistry students.

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Technology
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
12/13/2005
AIDS Education and Training Centers: National Resource Center
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The Ryan White CARE Act provides funds for programs to "improve the quality of life of patients living with HIV/AIDS through the provision of high quality professional education and training." The AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) are part of such a program, and they "conduct targeted, multi-disciplinary education and training programs for healthcare providers treating persons with HIV/AIDS." Visitors interested in a thorough overview of this website can take the "Online Tour of the NRC", available on the homepage, on the right side menu. Both the "Clinician Resources" and "Trainer Resources" have "Featured Resources", such as a PDF of a short influenza management guide for HIV+ patients, a PowerPoint presentation on Diabetes Mellitus and HIV, a newsletter, the HIV Meds Quarterly, and a video, "HIV and the Older Adult". Visitors can also view materials on the website by topic, under the "Topics" tab. Topics include "Prevention", "Testing" and "Population/Settings".

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Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
12/10/2010
AI Topics: A Dynamic Library of Introductory Information About Artificial Intelligence
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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 section is particularly useful, as it is updated frequently with new developments. Most of AI Topics are geared toward high school students, undergraduate students, people with little knowledge of the subject, and people interested in pursuing a career in AI.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
07/21/2007
ARKive: Images of Life on Earth
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ARKive is a collection of photographs, videos, and fact-files illustrating thousands of species of animals, with emphasis on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of endangered species, and on species found in Britain. For each animal there are approximately 10 minutes of video footage, 6-10 still photos, and sound recordings (where appropriate), creating a complete profile of the species' characteristic behavior and appearance. The images are accompanied by a page of facts, including taxonomy, a physical description, conservation status, geographic range, habitat, and other information. There are also links to other animals with related taxonomic families, habitats, or conservation status.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
10/21/2014
ASU Mars Education Program
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This website is home to the Arizona State University (ASU) Mars Education Program. This program includes information about the MSIP (Mars Student Imaging Project), student visits to the Mars Space Flight Facility, educator workshops held at ASU and other national sites, and Mars hands-on activity guides. Red Planet Connection is a quarterly publication, which stimulates children's interest in science through the topic of Mars and Mars missions. The educator guides provide Mars-related information and activities for classroom use, including teacher resources, lessons, and information about Mars Surveyor, Mars Pathfinder, and Mars Global Surveyor. The website also covers ASU's involvement with the Mars program, including the Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES).

Subject:
Technology
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
Ken Edgett
Date Added:
10/31/2014
ATTRA - The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
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This organization promotes sustainable agriculture. Their website provides publications on production practices, alternative crop and livestock enterprises, innovative marketing, and organic certification, and highlights of local, regional, USDA and other federal sustainable ag activities.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Textbook
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
06/02/2008
Abacus: The Art of Calculating with Beads
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The abacus has been around for several thousand years, and it is an efficient and interesting counting machine. The standard abacus can be used to perform addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication, along with its use in extracting square roots and cubic roots. This site was created by Luis Fernandes, and it explores the wide world of the abacus through illustrations, thoughtful essays, and other items. On the site's homepage visitors can read a detailed introduction to the abacus, look over an interactive abacus tutorial, and learn about the history of the device. In the "Articles, Excerpts and Analysis" area visitors can read about an early encounter between the abacus and an electric calculator in 1946 and a hilarious encounter between famed physicist Richard Feynman and the abacus. The site is rounded out by the "All Things Abacus" area, which includes resources for teachers and photos of Fernandes' impressive abacus collection.

Subject:
Education
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
07/09/2010
About NCBI
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The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has had a Web site for some time now, but the site has recently become more user-friendly with this new About section. About NCBI explains NCBI's role in facilitating research and education specific to the "fundamental molecular and genetic processes that control health and disease." An introduction to NCBI databases and maps helps researchers select tools that may help them. A particularly helpful feature is entitled A Science Primer, which provides an easy-to-read introduction to many science topics relevant to NCBI's resources like bioinformatics, genome mapping, molecular modeling, and molecular genetics. This is an excellent site that should serve to orient both new users and those who have visited the NCBI site before.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
09/09/2008
Abstract Algebra On Line
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From abelian group to zero divisor (definitions), and from Artin-Wedderburn theorem to Wedderburn's theorem, this site provides concise explanations of complex concepts in abstract algebra. Provided by Professor John A. Beachy of Northern Illinois University as a companion to two books he has written, it is designed as a handbook for students studying the topic. The site is accessible by chapter (twelve, including integers, polynomials, rings, and Galois Theory, among others), and by alphabetical indices of definitions and theorems. Note that the definitions include many symbols, represented as embedded .gif files.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Simulation
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Author:
Beachy, John.
Beachy, John A.
Blair, William D.
Date Added:
03/15/2007
Academic Earth
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Academic Earth provides videos of lectures by top scholars in "Subjects" that range from Astronomy to Entrepreneurship to Religion, from "Universities" as celebrated as MIT, Berkeley, Harvard, and Stanford. Visitors must register to view the lectures, but registration is free. There are over 1500 video lectures available, with more being added everyday. In addition to viewing the lectures available by subject or university, visitors can choose by "Instructors" or by "Playlists". When visitors click on "Playlists" at the top of the homepage, they will see a list of lectures by theme, by several different instructors, and a grade given to the lecture series. A good example is the 6-part lecture entitled "Understanding the Financial Crisis" by four different instructors. The series is given a grade overall, in this case, an A-, and when visitors click on "See all 6 lectures" at the bottom of the series' description, they will be taken to the page with the links to the individual lectures, as well as shown the grade given each individual lecture. Visitors can even keep a playlist of their favorite lectures or download the lectures. Visitors should definitely check out the Frequently Asked Questions page, accessible by the "FAQ" link at the bottom of the website.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
06/09/2009
The Academy of Natural Sciences-Research: Center for Systematic Biology and Evolution
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The Center for Systematic Biology and Evolution at the Academy of Natural Sciences engages in biodiversity research that "involves the discovery of species and the working out of the relationships among those species, why they are distributed as they are in the world, and their interactions with other species." This website provides information about the collections and research activities of the Center's many departments including Botany, Diatoms, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Vertebrate Paleontology, and more. A link is provided to the Collections Database, which allows visitors to search a portion of the Academy's extensive biological collections containing over 17 million specimens. The site also links to other sections of the Academy of Natural Sciences website including a Staff Directory; the Scientific Publications Department; available employment opportunities and internships, and information about research opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
04/14/2008
Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count
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Bringing a more diverse student body into the world of higher education is important, and a number of organizations have teamed up "to help more students reach their individual goals, which may include earning a community college certificate or degree." The organizations involved with the "Achieving the Dream" initiative include The American Association of Community Colleges and The Community College Leadership Program. Visitors to their site can learn more about this initiative and then learn about various community college strategies and events across the United States. Moving along, the "Data and Research" area is a real gem, and visitors can learn about their research reports and read their monthly newsletter, which addresses such topics as financial aid and developmental math and science courses.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
09/28/2007
Acid Rain: Students Site
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This website introduces students to the concepts and issues surrounding acid rain. They will learn what acid rain is, how it forms, and what its effects are on humans, on the environment (lakes, rivers), and on infrastructure (buildings, monuments). There is also discussion of what is being done to reduce the presence of acid rain, and some suggestions for the students themselves to help reduce acid rain. A set of games, puzzles, and activities provides students with an opportunity to put their new knowledge of acid rain to use, and an animated slide show is provided to visually illustrate its causes and effects. A Spanish translation is available.

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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
DLESE Community Collection
Date Added:
10/31/2014
ActionBioscience
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There are many websites dedicated to providing the public with information about the biological sciences, but ActionBioScience.org may be one of the best around. Started in 2000 by a group of concerned scientists and educators, the site provides articles by scientists, science educators and students on issues related to seven primary areas, including genomics, biotechnology, evolution, and biodiversity. All of the pieces on the site go through a peer-review process and are written with a keen eye towards providing information in a way that is largely jargon-free and highly accessible. From the homepage, visitors can look for articles in one of seven thematic areas, look for materials in Spanish, and peruse materials created just for educators. The site can also be browsed topically in the larger categories of Biodiversity, Environment, Genomics, Biotechnology, Evolution, and New Frontiers or from the "topic directory" which alphabetically lists all the bioscience subjects covered on the site.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
12/29/2005
ActionBioscience: Identifying Angiosperms
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Resources for teaching botany and taxonomy can be difficult to locate online, so locating this nice teaching activity and guide was quite a find. The resource is offered as part of the ActionBioscience website, and it was written by Pamela Soltis. The guide begins by discussing the importance of angiosperms, and the site also includes an in-depth interview with Soltis. Moving on to the activity, the lesson uses visual literacy to reinforce understanding of the Linnaean classification system. It is designed for use at the college level, and the guide also includes a host of links to related sites that will be useful for educators and their botanically-minded students.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Author:
Soltis, Pamela
Date Added:
09/19/2011
Ad Access
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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The Ad*Access Project presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II, providing a coherent view of a number of major campaigns and companies through images preserved in one particular advertising collection available at Duke University.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Primary Source
Provider:
Duke University
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Duke University Libraries
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
03/23/2014
Aerial Photographs of Colorado
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From 1938 to 1947, the United States Forest Service took thousands of aerial photographs of the state of Colorado. The hope was that these images would be used by agronomists, land use planners, farmers, and other groups with a vested interest in these lands. Today, 1,700 of these images are part of the University of Colorado's Digital Collections. Visitors can search for available images by using a clickable map here, read a set of interpretation tips, and also download the maps for research and other personal uses. Visitors who choose to use the LunaInsight image viewer (also made available here) will have the ability to search images by all data fields, along with being able to zoom in to high resolution images of each photograph. Overall, this is a tremendous resource, and one that will delight and inform geographers, historians, planners, and others with an interest in Colorado.

Subject:
Education
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
03/27/2012