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This website is the result of a collaboration between the Humanities Division and the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. The project aims, through an interdisciplinary approach, to analyse and explore the fertile and complex period in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, when early modern science began to take shape, and it aims to do this by focusing on the networks of learned correspondence from the period. In this way the project hopes to provide a unified way of approaching a subject which would otherwise - given the variety of its disciplines, professions, institutions and settings - be extremely daunting. One outcome of the project is a union catalogue - Early Modern Letters Online - currently available in a Beta version. A number of podcasts and videos document the proceedings of seminars, workshops, conferences and other meetings relating to the project.
Website with the ambitious aim of gathering together information on all 1.9 million species currently known to science. The site is constructed on the basis one page per species, with biological classification, in expandable taxonomic ranks, displaying alongside images, video, text and bibliographic references. There are a number of resources aimed at helping users navigate such a large amount of information, from explanatory articles - on topics like biodiversity and species classification - links to podcasts, informational videos and Google Earth tours . The site is aimed at enthusiasts, students, teachers and scientist alike.
This e-book uses text, images, maps, animations, interviews and time-lapse video to tell the story of how a common weed - teosinte - was transformed into maize via domestication and cross-breeding and traces the crop’s history from ancient Mexico up to the present day, covering everything from genome sequencing and transposons to genetic modification and biofortification of modern maize, culminating in the Maize Genome Sequencing Project in 2009. Also available via iTunes.
Inactive as of March 2013
This website brings together news of the latest science research from universities in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the USA. There are four main categories: Earth and the Environment; Health & Medicine; Science & Technology and Society & Culture. Most of the news consists of articles illustrated with still photographs but some moving imagery is used, as in this article which looks at how quickly can glaciers grow (and melt)?, using a study of the prehistoric activity of Baffin Island’s glaciers with a view to developing accurate models to predict how climate change in the future will affect glaciers and ice sheets.
The NSF is an American Federal Agency which funds research across a wide range of scientific areas, from astronomy to geology to zoology, with the exception of medical science. A particular aim is to fund cutting-edge research: projects and collaborations which may "seem like science fiction today" but tomorrow will be accepted as part of the fabric of everyday life. Their nanoscience page reflects this commitment to pushing back the frontiers of scientific research. The Multimedia Gallery features stills, podcasts, film and video across all fields of science and engineering, again, with an emphasis on current research and development, coupled with an awareness of the foundation’s educational mission.
The Linnean Society of London is a learned society dedicated to the study of taxonomy and natural history and named after the Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus. As its website says, the society "uniquely embraces the entire sweep of natural history [and] promotes the study of all aspects of the biological sciences, with particular emphasis on evolution, taxonomy, biodiversity and sustainability". The website hosts a number of podcasts, which although fairly small in number cover a wide range of subjects from Sir David Attenborough’s Darwin Lecture from November 2011 on Alfred Russel Wallace and The Birds of Paradise, to science, politics and policy on biodiversity and climate change, encompassing important current trends in biodiversity and conservation as well as the broad sweep of natural history since the 18th century.
A Youtube channel of short news items on science and technology posted by Nature Publishing Group, publishers of Nature and Scientific American. Leading scientists from around the world about talk about their discoveries, innovations and ideas in all areas of science and technology. Marvel at sticky tape that emits x-rays, discover the secrets of the world’s oldest computer, and watch Nature’s exclusive interview with British broadcasting legend Sir David Attenborough as he presents his views on Charles Darwin, natural selection and the Bible. Throughout 2011 the Nature YouTube channel will continue to provide you with groundbreaking streaming videos on the biggest scientific projects.
This section of the New Scientist journal’s website features an ever-changing collection of short video clips relating to blog news posts. Organised by scientific area, but also sections on illusions and time-lapse footage, and two series of one-minute animated films giving simple explanations of difficult concepts in physics and maths.
This series of Royal Society Publishing video podcasts provides an insight into the research behind some of the articles published by the Society. Each episode features an interview related to one or more of the articles published in their journals, with subscription via RSS or iTunes.
ScienceStage.com has the stated aim of being "the universal online portal for science, advanced teaching, and research’. It allows scientists, lecturers, academics, students, and practitioners from all fields to present and share ideas and findings through video streaming, audio streaming, and text documents, and to make use of community functions such as chat, email, and blogs. Video and audio clips - lectures, interviews and documentaries - come from a wide variety of sources and are accessible for free streaming via a good subject index, although very prominent advertising is at times a distraction.
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