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A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram - Starting from a collection of simple computer experiments - illustrated in the book by striking computer graphics - Wolfram shows how their unexpected results force a whole new way of looking at the operation of our universe. Wolfram uses his approach to tackle a remarkable array of fundamental problems in science: from the origin of the Second Law of thermodynamics, to the development of complexity in biology, the computational limitations of mathematics, the possibility of a truly fundamental theory of physics, and the interplay between free will and determinism.
Archives Hub - Established in 1973 to locate, sort, index and catalogue the manuscript papers of distinguished contemporary British scientists and engineers and thus make available for scholarly research original source materials for the history of science and technology, and recent history more generally across a wealth of archives held at nearly 200 institutions in England, Scotland and Wales.
Artefacts Canada: Natural Sciences - A database of approximately one million specimen records representing more than 28,000 different species based on the collections information provided by contributing museums.
BrainPOP - Educational health, science and technology movie and animation site.
British Library Data Sets - By research datasets, the British Library means scientific information generated by experiments, observation or computation, which forms an evidence base for the work of researchers. That information may be stored in any digital form, including text, numbers, images, video, audio, software, algorithms and model. Explore the Library's new search tool, bringing together the wealth of its content into a single search.
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists - Informing the public about threats to the survival and development of humanity from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences.
Cambridge Digital Library - While parts of the Library's manuscript collections have already been published in print, microfilm and digital formats, it is now building a substantial online resource so that its collections will be more accessible to students, researchers and the wider public. The Foundations of Science Collection will focus on original scientific manuscripts, beginning with the papers of Isaac Newton and his contemporaries. Cambridge University Library has very strong collections in the history of science. In addition to our Newton collections, the Library holds the papers of, among many other famous scientists, Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin, Adam Sedgwick, J.J. Thomson, Ernest Rutherford, James Clerk Maxwell and Sir George Gabriel Stokes. The Library holds the archives of Cambridge's famous Cavendish Laboratory and is also the repository of the Royal Greenwich Observatory archives, which includes the papers of the Astronomers Royal and the Board of Longitude.
Camera Culture MIT Media Lab - Conducts multi-disciplinary research in modern optics, sensors, illumination, actuators, probes and software processing. This work ranges from creating novel feature-revealing computational cameras and new lightweight medical imaging mechanisms, to facilitating positive social impact via the next billion personalized cameras.
Canada Gairdner Awards - Created in 1957 by James Arthur Gairdner to recognize and reward the achievements of medical researchers whose work contributes significantly to improving the quality of human life. Since the first awards were made in 1959, the Gairdner Awards have become Canada's foremost international award.
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) - Educating the public and advocating government policies that are consistent with scientific evidence on health and environmental issues and counter industry's powerful influence on public opinion and public policies.
Center for the History of Physics - The American Institute of Physics (AIP) preserves and makes known the history of modern physics and allied fields including astronomy, geophysics, optics, and the like.
Charles Babbage Institute - An historical archives and research center of the University of Minnesota. CBI is dedicated to promoting study of the history of information technology and information processing and their impact on society.
Châtelet, Emilie du - Emilie began in 1739 to write a textbook for her son on Leibniz's physics. In 1740 she published this work which she called Institutions de physique. This book remains one of the clearest accounts of Leibnizian physics. She is however best known for her work, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, a French translation and analysis of Newton's work the Principia. This work contained chapters on planetary phenomena, the shape of the Earth, the precession of the equinoxes, the ebb and flow of the tides, and lastly the motion of planetary satellites. Further backgrounders here and here. Also see Chateau de Cirey: Residence of Voltaire.
CiteSeer - Indexes over 600,000 full-text documents and includes features allowing for citation analysis, reference linking, awareness tracking, and more. Additionally, the site provides algorithms, techniques, and software that can be used by other digital libraries.
Crawford Prize - The Crafoord Prize in astronomy and mathematics, biosciences, geosciences or polyarthritis research is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences annually according to a rotating scheme. The prize sum of SEK 4 million makes the Crafoord one of the world´s largest scientific prizes.
CRC Press - A global publisher of science, technology, and medical resources.
Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) - The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory will be open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.
Discover Life - Provides free on-line tools to identify species, teach and study nature's wonders, report findings, build maps, process images, and contribute to and learn from a growing, interactive encyclopedia of life with 1,292,123 species pages and 649,176 maps.
Discovery - Combines adventures and expeditions from Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel. Comprehensive guides to ancient history, space, health, travel and more.
DSpace@MIT - MIT's open access artilces search page. The MIT Open Access Articles collection consists of scholarly articles written by MIT-affiliated authors that are made available through under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, or under related publisher agreements. Articles in this collection generally reflect changes made during peer-review.
E-print Network - A meta-search for scientific e-print resources and enables federated searching of more than 30 major databases and servers.
Experiland - Science projects and science experiments for kid's grades 1 to 8 that is safe and fun to do. Various e-books range containing full step by step instructions.
Exploratorium - A museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California.
The Exploratorium creates tools and experiences that help you to become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits; a website with over 50,000 pages of content; film screenings; workshops for lifelong learners including day camps for kids and family investigations; evening art and science events for adults-plus much more. It also creates professional development programs for educators. Its exhibits and expertise are shared with museums worldwide.
FIRST - Mission is to to excite more young people about the fun, accessibility, and importance of science and engineering, working toward these goals through programs such as the FIRST Robotics Competition, the FIRST Place Science and Technology Center, and FIRST LEGO League.
Fields Medal - Awarded every four years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement. Also see Wikipedia.
Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (GLORIAD) - The U.S. National Science Foundation, a consortium of Russian ministries and science organizations and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have dedicated this global computer network ring for joint scientific and educational projects. GLORIAD provides researchers a means to address scientific issues including joint responses to natural and man-made disasters, safeguards for nuclear materials, better understanding of the human genome, joint exploration of space, distributed monitoring of seismic events and environmental studies and simulations. The network also enables cooperation on international fusion energy research and support the advanced requirements of high-energy physicists.
Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres - The Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific research community. A total of 24,000 staff work in its 15 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centres. The Association's annual budget runs to more than €2 billion.
How Stuff Works - Learn how everything works, from car engines to cruise missles, satellites to telecommunications, from TVs to your refrigerators
History of Chemical Engineering - A history of chemical engineering encompassing its conceptual origins in Great Britain and subsequent struggle for survival in the U.S. Concludes with recent contributions.
History of the Wheel - From ancient times to modern times the wheel has changed the way we do everything. From transportation such as bikes, trains, and automobiles, to how we work – dollies, pushcarts and pallet jacks – the wheel has improved quality of life throughout the ages. The origins of the wheel can be traced back to ancient Mesopotamia in 5th millennium BC where it was first used as a potter's wheel. Evidence of the wheel can also be found in ancient China and ancient India. Even the western hemisphere created wheel-like toys for children in 1500 BC.
INFOMINE - Scholarly Internet resource collections search engine.
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) - Science and technology think tank. ITIF's mission is to formulate and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovation and boost productivity to spur growth and progress. ITIF focuses on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy - including in the areas of innovation and competitiveness; information technology and data; telecommunications; trade and globalization; and life sciences, agricultural biotechnology, and energy.
Joseph Leidy - One of the great American scientists of the 19th-Century, Joseph Leidy is best known as the Father of American Vertebrate Paleontology. He pioneered the fields of parasitology and protozoology. An influential teacher of natural history, he was also an expert in areas as diverse as entomology, geology and pathology and the preeminenat anatomist of his time.
Lifeboat Foundation - edicated to encouraging scientific advancements while helping humanity survive existential risks and possible misuse of increasingly powerful technologies, including genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and robotics/AI.
Linus Pauling and the Twentieth Century - A traveling exhibit celebrating the life of one of the world's great scientists and peace activists. Pauling's work earned him two Nobel Prizes: one for Chemistry in 1954 and one for Peace in 1962.
MadSci Network - A collective cranium of scientists providing answers to your questions. Also, see the Mad Scientist Laboratory, an excellent starting point for exploring science resources on the WWW.
MASSIVE (Math and Science Song Information Viewable Everywhere) - The MASSIVE database contains information on over 1700 science and math songs. Some of these songs are suitable for 2nd graders; others might only appeal to tenured professors. Some songs have been professionally recorded; others haven't. Some are quite silly; others are downright serious. Also, check out companion site, MASSIVE radio, an Internet radio station devoted entirely to science/math songs.
Max Planck Society - Performs basic research in the interest of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Maintains 80 institutes, research units, and working groups that are devoted to a wide range of especially promising research areas.
Medieval Technology Pages - Referenced information on technological innovation and related subjects in western Europe during the Middle Ages, from agricultural tools to the wine press.
Michio Kaku - Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and popularizer of science. He's the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), and continues Einstein's search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory.
MIT Media Laboratory - A convergence of computing, publishing, and broadcast, fueled by changes in the communications industry has led to interconnected developments in an unusual range of disciplines brought together by The Media Lab, including cognition, electronic music, graphic design, video, and holography, as well as work in computation and human-machine interfaces.
National Academy Press (NAP) - Created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.
National Air and Space Museum - The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum (NASM) maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight.
National Medal of Science - Established by the 86th Congress in 1959 as a Presidential Award to be given to individuals "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences."
National Technical Information Service (NTIS) - A comprehensive resource for federally funded scientific, engineering, and business-related information. The database provides full-text access and indexes to over two million publications dating back to 1990. Click here for more information.
Nine Planets, The - An overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system.
NOAA History - The ancestor agencies of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration include the U.S. Coast Survey, the U.S. Weather Bureau, and the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries. Under these agencies and their descendants the U.S. has become recognized as a world leader in the sciences of geodesy, geophysics, metrology, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, marine biology, and marine ecology.
Nobel Prize - At the age of 17, Swedish Alfred Nobel spoke five languages fluently. Nobel became an inventor and businessman, and at the time of his death on 10 December 1896, he had 355 patents worldwide - one of them was the patent on dynamite. Furthermore, he had started 87 companies all over the world. According to his will, Alfred Nobel's enormous fortune was to be used to establish prizes to award those who had done their best to benefit mankind in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901, five years after Nobel's death. In 1969, another prize was added The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.
Nobel Prize Women in Science - Since 1901 there have been over three hundred recipients of the Nobel Prize in the sciences. Only ten of them - about 3 percent - have been women. In this book, now available online, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores the reasons for this astonishing disparity by examining the lives and achievements of fifteen women scientists who either won a Nobel Prize or played a crucial role in a Nobel Prize - winning project.
Nuclear Power Plant Demonstration - The control-room operators of the Karnobyl nuclear power plant are telecommuting and are running the plant through the Web. However, the mean time between failure for the components of Karnobyl is not great. Try to keep the reactor stable when component failures occur.
OJOSE (Online Journal Search Engine) - A powerful free scientific search engine enabling you to make search-queries in different databases by using only 1 search field. With OJOSE you can find, download or buy scientific publications (journals, articles, research reports, books, etc.) in up to 40 different databases.
Open Archives Initiative Service Providers - An electronic open access service provider for finding scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, in chemistry, physics, engineering, materials sciences, nanotechnologies, microelectronics, computer sciences, astronomy, astrophysics, earth sciences, meteorology, oceanography, agricolture, and related activities.
Open Science Federation - Open source computer scientists, citizen scientists, and scientist-scientists, science writers, journalists, and educators, and makers of and advocates for Open Data, Open Access, and Open Source and Standards.
Royal Ontario Museum - Collects and exhibits the cultural and natural history of Canada and the world.
Royal Society, The - Publishes seven journals, covering the biological and physical sciences, as well as the history and philosophy of science. This site provides a range of services and facilities including access to the Society's journals, news of recently published science and the opportunity to buy our publications online. Also see:
Royal Society Picture Library - Browse and search rare, intriguing, beautiful and often surprising pictures selected from the collections of the Royal Society, the world's oldest scientific academy.
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) - orks to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education. As a catalyst for action, SPARC focuses on collaborating with other stakeholders—including authors, publishers, libraries, students, funders, policymakers and the public—to build on the opportunities created by the Internet, promoting changes to both infrastructure and culture needed to make open the default for research and education. Also see:
SciCentral - Gateway to science research news and resources.
SciDev Net - News, views and information about science, technology and the developing world.
Science.gov - Searches over 50 databases and over 2100 selected websites from 14 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.
Science Accelerator - A gateway to science, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, via resources from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy.
Science and Cocktails - Brings science and entertainment closer together by creating a series of public lectures intertwined with music/art performances and smoky dry-ice chilled cocktails in your hand.
Science and Technology in the Making (STIM) - STIM uses the Web and network technology to develop innovative approaches for investigating and documenting recents events in science and technology, such as the history of human/computer interaction and the failure of technology (such as in the New York blackouts in the '60s and '70s). The main goal of the five STIM projects and their associated Web sites is to use the interactive capabilities of the Internet to gather survey information and personal histories, encourage dialogue among the makers of history, and provide an (inter-) active archive in which focus groups are invited to contribute material.
Science Museum - Information on the history of science, industry and medicine.
Science Odyssey, A - PBS site covering 100 years of discovery, including: the airplane, penicillin, volcanoes, radio, organ transplants, the computer, psychoanalysis, plate tectonics, black holes, the Model T, DNA, Apollo 8, nylon, the Big Bang.
ScienceOpen - Freely accessible research network to share and evaluate scientific information. Aggregates open access articles from a variety of sources - opening them up to commenting and discussion. Manuscripts submitted to ScienceOpen are published open access and evaluated in a fully transparent post-publication peer review process.
ScienceBlogs - A digital science salon featuring leading bloggers from a wide array of scientific disciplines.
ScienceDirect - Electronic collection of science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information; offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 journals and almost 20,000 books.
ScienceOpen - A freely accessible research network to discover and evaluate scientific information. Search among over 27 million articles and article records, filter by citation or Altmetric score, and share your expertise via comments or peer review.
Scientific Commons - The major aim of the project is to develop the world's largest communication medium for scientific knowledge products which is freely accessible to the public.
Scientific Revolution, The - Sourcebook to Astonomy in the 16th Century, Galileo Galilei, The Philosophy of Science: Induction/Deduction, Classical Physics, Medical Theories, Scientific Institutions and more.
Scientists Without Borders - A web-based collaborative community dedicated to generating, sharing, and advancing innovative science and technology-based solutions to the world`s most pressing global development challenges.
SciQuest - A leading business-to-business e-marketplace for scientific products used by pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology, industry and educational organizations worldwide.
Sense About Science - Works in partnership with scientific bodies, research publishers, policy makers, the public and the media, to change public discussions about science and evidence. Stands up for scientific inquiry, free from stigma, intimidation, hysteria or censorship.
Shadowlands - Dedicated to ghosts and hauntings, mysterious creatures such as Bigfoot and sea serpents, UFOs and aliens, and many other unsolved mysteries.
Skeptic - Home to The Skeptics Society, a scientific and educational organization of scholars, scientists, historians, magicians, professors and teachers, and anyone curious about controversial ideas, extraordinary claims, revolutionary ideas, and the promotion of science.
SmarterScience - Consultancy and service business working predominantly for the corporate world, research organizations and individual scientists. Assists with research in the all natural and physical sciences, but specializes in marine, earth and environmental sciences.
SpringerLink - Providing researchers with access to millions of scientific documents from journals, books, series, protocols and reference works in biomedicine, life science, clinical medicine, physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, humanities, and economics.
Storming Media - Provides unclassified reports and documents from the Pentagon about science, technology, strategy or policy.
Straight Dope - Fighting ignorance since 1973 with answers to all variety of science and other questions.
Tech Freedom - Promoting the progress of technology by seeking to advance public policy that makes experimentation, entrepreneurship and investment possible.
Tech Museum of Innovation - Hands-on technology museum located in San Jose, California. Visit the Online Exhibits or search the PC Encyclopedia.
Technical Report Archive and Image Library (TRAIL) - An initiative led by the University of Arizona in collaboration with CRL and other interested agencies to identify, digitize, archive, and provide access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975. Technical reports communicate research progress in technology and science; they deliver information for technical development to industry and research institutions contributing to the continued growth of science and technology. These highly detailed reports contain valuable information serving specialized audiences of researchers. While availability to more recent (1994-current) technical report literature has greatly improved with Internet access, legacy technical report documents remain elusive to researchers.
Tesla: Master of Lightning - In-depth television PBS documentary about the life, times, and legacy of Nikola Tesla, American inventor and visionary.
The Lab - The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's online gateway to science.
Wired - Reports on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy and politics.
Worlds of David Darling - Astrobiology, astronomy and spaceflight news, encyclopedia, and links. Maintained by science writer David Darling, Ph.D.
WorldWideScience - A global science gateway that enables federated searching of national and international scientific databases and portals. Multilingual, WorldWideScience provides real-time searching and translation of globally-dispersed scientific literature.
Write Science Right - English-speaking professional scientists with experience conducting scientific research as well as reading, writing and publishing scientific articles provide scientific editing services.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media, politics, science and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 125,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to search within individual pages.
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