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The Internet Scout Report provides evaluation and annotation of high-quality online resources, particularly those that will be of value to the education community. Each resource is selected, researched, and annotated by a team of professional librarians and subject-matter experts, who evaluate sites on the basis of their content, authority, upkeep, presentation, availability, and cost. Published since 1994, the Report is one of the internet's oldest and most respected publications. The Internet Scout Project is part of the College of Letters and Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Preventing Foodborne Illness: Escherichia coli 0157:H7
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This two-page, Center for Disease Control brochure provides excellent summary information on ...

This two-page, Center for Disease Control brochure provides excellent summary information on what E. coli 0157:H7 is, why it is a problem, how it is spread, and includes information on symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Available in HTML or ASCII text, this is a good introduction to the subject. Escherichia coli refers to a diverse family of hundreds of bacteria, many of which are permanent residents of human intestines, serving a beneficial purpose in digestion. The potentially deadly strain that has received recent publicity was first described in 1982, and is known as E. coli O157:H7. This strain of the bacteria produces a substance known as Vero-cytotoxin, which can cause severe illness, characterized by bloody diarrhea and occasional kidney failure in children and the elderly. Symptoms normally appear between three to six days after ingestion of the bacteria. Most illness associated with E. coli has been traced to eating undercooked, contaminated ground beef, although it can also be transmitted via person-to-person contact, by eating raw milk, contaminated vegetables or apple cider, and by swimming in or drinking sewage-contaminated water. The organism lives in the intestine of healthy cattle, and meat can become contaminated during slaughter. Because grinding mixes the bacteria into the product, ground meats represent a greater threat than do whole cuts. Contaminated meat looks and smells normal. Raw milk can be contaminated from bacteria present on a cow's udder. It appears that even small amounts of this organism can cause severe illness.

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ScrapBook for Firefox 0.18.4
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Some may think that a scrapbook is just a way to keep ...

Some may think that a scrapbook is just a way to keep bits of important odds and ends together, whether it be electronically or in an actual physical scrapbook. This particularly helpful extension used in tandem with the Firefox browser will allow users to save web pages for their own usage. The features of this program also allow users to organize their collections of web pages as they see fit and also perform a full text search within these saved pages.

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GroupSpace 0.2.0
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The Internet can serve as a communal gathering place, where like-minded community ...

The Internet can serve as a communal gathering place, where like-minded community members can come together to discuss various pressing issues, share documents, take polls, and engage in the decision-making process as well. A recent project, GroupSpace, started at Stanford University as part of a research partnership with a local community organization, allows groups of individuals to do all of the above. As their mission statement suggests, the creation of the program is ̢ĺŰĺĎto support the type of deliberation critical to the functioning of smaller, informal organizations in civil society̢ĺŰĺ. It should be noted that this version of GroupSpace is a beta version.

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My Personal Home Page 0.2.1
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The French have given us much over the past several hundred years, ...

The French have given us much over the past several hundred years, and this latest application is also a gift from yet another person of French ancestry. My Personal Home Page 0.2.1 allows visitors to create a personal information manager, which creates toolboxes where various pieces of important data may be stored. Some of the data that may be stored using this application include addresses, birthday reminders, and "to do" lists. This version is compatible with all operating systems.

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Laughing Man 0.3
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With all of the rapidly changing websites out there, it may be ...

With all of the rapidly changing websites out there, it may be a bit time-consuming to keep track of those of greatest interest. Stepping into the fray is the webpage monitoring tool, Laughing Man. With this tool, users will be alerted each time a webpage changes, utilizing each individual web servers "last modified date," or otherwise merely generating a hash number based on the contents of the page. Laughing Man 0.3 is compatible with all systems running Mac OS X and higher.

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Youth04: Young Voters, the Internet and Political Power
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Based at the Center for Democracy and Technology, Youth04 is an effort, ...

Based at the Center for Democracy and Technology, Youth04 is an effort, mostly by college students, to "start a revolution in the role that 18 to 25-year-olds play in politics in America" by using Internet technologies and grassroots organizing. The goals are: 1) to create effective strategies for young voters to express their beliefs and values in election 2004; 2) to encourage candidates, their consultants, and the media to pay attention to young voters; and 3) to increase voter turnout among young voters. Visitors to the website can sign a petition, enter discussion groups (where some candidates have actually chimed in), and learn about ways to get involved and spread the word. A separate page is devoted to college professors with curricular suggestions.

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Lynching in America: NPR's Morning Edition 04/04/2000
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For over 25 years, collector James Allen accumulated a disturbing but important ...

For over 25 years, collector James Allen accumulated a disturbing but important visual legacy of racial violence in America: photos and postcards taken and sold as souvenirs at lynchings across the country. These photos were recently published in a book accompanied by a number of essays and then placed on display at the New York Historical Society. In addition, more information on Allen's photo collection and the exhibit is offered in a April 2000 report from National Public Radio's Morning Edition.

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Talk of the Nation, Science Friday 04/21/2000
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This resource refers to the recent discovery of a fossilized dinosaur heart ...

This resource refers to the recent discovery of a fossilized dinosaur heart that was reported in the April 21, 2000 issue of the Journal Science. This heart of a small herbivore called a Thescelosaurus reveals a structure "more like that of a bird or a mammal than those of reptiles, adding substantially to evidence suggesting that at least some dinosaurs had high metabolic rates." This audio resource site provides a radio segment from Ira Fladow's National Public Radio show Talk of the Nation, Science Friday (requires RealPlayer). The dinosaur heart segment of the show (which starts at time 21:28) features an in-depth interview with Dr. Dale Russell, director of the Center for the Exploration of the Dinosaurian World, on the ground-breaking discovery.

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WheatBlog .05b
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Given the increasing interest in developing personal weblogs and online journals, many ...

Given the increasing interest in developing personal weblogs and online journals, many users may find the WheatBlog device quite enticing. The application is designed to maintain any number of blog and news pages on personal sites, and will certainly assist users in keeping track of various developments on any variety of such related endeavors. WheatBlog .05b is compatible with all operating systems.

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Education
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Mac06: The POSIX compatible OS for MacOS
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Mac06 (pronounced "Mac oh six") is a POSIX-compatible environment (library and a ...

Mac06 (pronounced "Mac oh six") is a POSIX-compatible environment (library and a system kernel) for the MacOS. Its features include a UNIX-like file system using HFS with full Finder integration; POSIX libc.a and #include headers; a curses library; a POSIX shell; many basic UNIX commands, such as cd, cat, find, fgrep, etc.; a software development environment; and sockets for TCP/IP. Mac06 is a useful environment for learning UNIX as it runs as an application on top of the MacOS, allowing the user to switch between UNIX and the MacOS without rebooting. Currently at version 0.99, Mac06 will become a shareware application costing 20 dollars at its 1.0 release.

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Ook Video Ook! 0.6.6
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While the title of this application may be reminiscent of an experimental ...

While the title of this application may be reminiscent of an experimental art installation project (or mere gibberish), one recent reviewer remarked, "It lets you go bananas with videos." That is quite accurate, as this application does in fact allow users to download embedded videos from a wide range of systems and sites. Some might just want to pick up a bit of entertainment, while educators might be able to use certain embedded videos for illustrative purposes in the classroom. Either way, this version is compatible with computers running Windows 95 and newer, along with Firefox 1.5 through 2.0.

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Lightning 0.7
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Jumping clogged calendars faster than a speeding T3 connection, this handy application ...

Jumping clogged calendars faster than a speeding T3 connection, this handy application from Mozilla will prove to be quite helpful. Lightning 0.7 is an extension for Mozilla Thunderbird that adds an integrated calendar to the email client. With Lightning, users can view both their inbox and their calendar at the same time and they can also perform detailed calendar searches. This version is compatible with computers running Windows 2000 or XP along with Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5.

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VIF 0.7.0
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It's hard not to be at least intrigued by a new open ...

It's hard not to be at least intrigued by a new open source project that declares itself to be about "fun and politics." With the WIF 0.7.0 project, users can create compelling discussion forums with structured threads that will assist individuals from around the globe in participating in a variety of online conversations. While visitors do have to register to make a contribution to the project, this process is relatively simple. This version of VIF is compatible with all operating systems.

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Lucas_Dambergs 0.8.1
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Aspiring filmmakers and auteurs will find that this program gives them the ...

Aspiring filmmakers and auteurs will find that this program gives them the ability to add notes onto their Quick Time movies, and these notes can help with the editing process. Essentially, the application allows users to insert a text file at various time intervals, making it a handy reference tool in the filmmaking process. This version is compatible with all computers running Max OS X 10.3.9 and Quick Time.

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ForecastFox 0.8.1.2
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With many persons needing to travel for business or for pleasure, this ...

With many persons needing to travel for business or for pleasure, this handy application that brings weather information directly to the Firefox web browser will be most welcome. This version of ForecastFox draws on information from AccuWeather.com, and users may enter a US zip code to find out the exact weather conditions at any given locale. Also, a slider function effectively alerts users when current weather conditions are updated. This application is compatible with the Firefox browser.

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Geoscience
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SharpReader 0.9.6.0
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With more and more websites offering RSS feeds, curious users may be ...

With more and more websites offering RSS feeds, curious users may be looking for a program that can effectively handle all of this desired information. The SharpReader application will allow users to corral these various feeds, and also to view connected items in a threaded fashion. The program can show these connections if they have the same link or if both items link to the same external webpage. This version of SharpReader is compatible with all operating systems running Windows 98 or newer.

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Hutteman, Luke
SharpReader 0.9.7.0
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Many savvy computer users use RSS aggregators on a regular basis, and ...

Many savvy computer users use RSS aggregators on a regular basis, and SharpReader may be yet another such device that is worth examining. Along with performing the normal wrangling task of keeping various feeds in order, SharpReader also detects and shows connected items together in a threaded fashion. Finally, the application can also group subscribed feeds into custom categories. This version is compatible with computers running Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000, and XP.

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Education
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Hutteman, Luke
MISSION CONTROL CENTER STATUS REPORT #1 STS-97
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On Sunday November 30, STS-97 Mission Specialists Carlos Noriega and Joe Tanner ...

On Sunday November 30, STS-97 Mission Specialists Carlos Noriega and Joe Tanner began the eleventh space walk in the history of the International Space Station. A daily status report on this mission is available from NASA's Johnson Space Center.

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Climate 1-Stop
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Designed as a "single location to access proven climate change tools, resources ...

Designed as a "single location to access proven climate change tools, resources and information" the Climate 1-Stop website is sponsored by organizations including the National Science Foundation, the UN Development Programme, and the World Resources Institute. First-time visitors to the site may wish to use the "Information Search" area on the right-hand side of the page. Here they will be directed to answer questions such as "What are you looking for?" (i.e. "organizations" and "tools/guidance") that will help focus in on the most germane resources. Moving on, the "Community" area at the center of the homepage provides information about a recent climate resource added to the site, along with a "Quick Links" area. Visitors are also encouraged to complete a quick login so that they can add bookmarks to their favorite entries and communicate with other users of the site. Finally, visitors can also sign up for their RSS news feed here.

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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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Geography of H-1B Workers
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In 2012, it took only ten weeks for employers to reach the ...

In 2012, it took only ten weeks for employers to reach the United States' cap on the H-1B visas they need to hire immigrant workers in speciality occupations. This situation presents a problem for certain industries, such as biotechnology, and this special presentation from the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program brings together a set of policy experts to talk about this matter. The site includes videos from the July 18, 2012 session, complete with a discussion of the geography of H-1B workers and the political feasibility of amending the existing H-1B policy. The site also includes an uncorrected transcript of the proceedings, along with links to a working paper on the subject.

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