This is a crafty site: http://www.bookofages.com/.
The site revolves around the Book of Ages, a series, the first of which (the age 30) is out. Need to know any factoids about thirty year olds? This book’s for you. The site’s crafty because it’s an excellent marketing tool. The site provides enough meaty info that you can knowledgeably decide whether you are or are not interested in what the book might offer. Interesting factoids. Did you know that at age 30 both Harrison Ford and Jesus were carpenters?
Just sent off the April 2004 column for Computer Bits which goes into long and gory (but less long and gory than it had been) detail on kewl-ish Web sites I came across at AAAS in Seattle over the Presidents’ Day weekend.
Amazing stuff out there.
OSTI, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information: http://www.osti.gov — deep Web stuff
Science.gov: http://www.science.gov – access to over 1,700 government information resources
National Academies: http://www.nationalacademies.org) – publications and Web pages produced by the academies
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): http://www.nist.gov
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory at Hanford: http://www.pnl.gov
EurekAlert: http://www.eurekalert.org – cutting edge science news
SCIRUS: http://www.scirus.com/srsapp/ a science-specific search engine
Public Library of Science: http://plos.org – an interesting concept. Hope it works.
the Sheffield Chemdex: http://www.chemdex.org – over 7K chemistry links
ChemWeb.com: http://www.chemweb.com – “the largest online chemical community in the world”
US Geological Survey (USGS)’ “Status and Trends of the Nation’s Biological Resources”: http://biology.usgs.gov/s+t/SNT/index.htm – used to be available as two thick volumes of data. Now? … it’s all there on the Web. Download as PDF files.
USGS: http://www.usgs.gov/ – all hail the USGS
USGS’ publications warehouse: http://infotrek.er.usgs.gov/pubs/ – to buy or download for free
USGS’ national map: http://nationalmap.usgs.gov – more cool technology
USGS’ earthquake info: http://earthquake.usgs.gov – real time earthshaking info
USGS’ Advanced National Seismic Survey: http://www.anss.org/
Earthquakes in Oregon: http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/states/oregon/
National Library of Medicine: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gquery/gquery.fcgi – awash with useful information
PubMedCentral: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/ – an archive of life sciences journal articles provided free online
MedLinePlus’s drug information online: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html
UC’s BioTech programs: http://ucbiotech.org
Genome information: http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/posters/chromosome
DOE’s Genome programs: http://doegenomes.org
Human Gene Therapy, the magazine: http://www.liebertpub.com/hum/default1.asp
Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, the magazine: http://www.biosecurityjournal.com/
Annals of Improbable Research: http://improbable.com
More info available when the April column goes up at the Computer Bits site, sometime after the beginning of April.