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[Photos, illustrations, and animations make science come to life at these sites.]

Cells Alive!

Live and in color - mug shots and movies of microscopic cells, from penicillin to parasites.

Illusion Works
Seeing is believing , eh? Try a curious collection of optical and other sensory illusions, with scientific explanations unlocking their secrets.

at&t's Microscapes Gallery
Size matters, even in inner space where atoms and light beams rule.

The Visible Human Project
Spin your partner! The goal is to create detailed, 3-D representations of the male and female human body.

Chaos Gallery
Can the chaotic dynamics of math, physics, and other sciences yield stunning works of modern art? Apparently so.

[A selection of sites that deal with space exploration.]

Space Station Web

Read the latest news, meet the crew, chart their assembly progress, see the pictures, and peruse 3-D renditions of the station.

NASA Observatorium
Drop off the planet! Nothing but stunning pictures of the universe, and the facts and stories behind those images.

Asteroids and Comet Impact Hazards
Forget the movies, here's the real deal. Includes the latest scientific thinking on the 1997XF11 asteroid that will zip (relatively) close by Earth in 30 years.

Earth from Space: An Astronaut's View
A small slice of a database containing more than 250,000 photographs of Earth, taken from beyond the bird's eye.

Solar Simulator
Pick your planet, position, date, time, and field of view, and the simulator will show what it's like to see the universe from your own special standpoint.

[Here is your chance to pay a virtual visit to Sci-tech museums across the U.S.]

Exploratorium: Exploranet

Like its real-world counterpart in San Francisco, an interactive science museum with range and depth. Features online projects, exhibits, Web cams, articles, and more.

Science for the Millennium
An online expo emphasizing outer space, advanced computing, and virtual environments with multimedia flair.

Franklin Institute of Science
The online edition of the famed Philly museum lets you follow classroom journeys into the field.

American Museum of Natural History

The renowned New York museum is where they keep the dinosaurs. The biodiversity material shows how we're all dependent upon one another.

National Air and Space Museum
Look! Up in the sky! This one's got everything that flies except Superman.

Monterey Bay Aquarium on-line
If it swims, you'll find it in this e-quarium.


[Sites that offer helpful Q&A on sci-tech topics.]

The Mad Scientist Network
Leveraging the collective crania of scientists who love to teach, the site features an archive of questions and answers, plus a series of "mad labs" demos and links to other sites.

Ask an Expert: Science & Technology
A quirky but compelling set of ask-an-expert e-mail addresses and Web sites, from astronomers and nuclear power experts to painters and population geneticists.

Junk Science Home Page
Noted junk science expert Steven Milloy leads a spirited debate over the latest "scientific" revelations regarding environmental, health, and nutritional hazards, among other topics.

Ask Dr. Universe
Aimed mainly at children, the good doctor offers the sort of detailed and authority-laced explanations to common questions ("Why can't we grow more brain cells?") any science fan can love.






[Lights, camera, action...These sites are packed with science and technology-related
movies,animations and simulations.]

Asteroid Virtual Reality Movies
An asteroid wipes out New York City. OK, it's unlikely. But you're going to look at these video clips anyway for the thrill. Next: NYPD Deep Blue.

JPL Video Archive
Probe this! A library of real and simulated clips (mostly large files) from NASA's Jet Propulsion Labs, focusing on the Mars Pathfinder and Cassini missions.

NOVA Online
Video from (and articles related to) the popular PBS science series, making this one TV companion that's more content than promo.

Hubble Space Telescope Movies
Movies, animations, and simulations from the Space Telescope Science Institute depicting what Hubble sees, from Saturn's storms to Mars's rotation.

Virtual Trips to Black Holes
and Neutron Stars
No one's selling travel packages to black holes just yet, but you can almost book in advance with these scientifically accurate computer animations.






[Useful advice and resources, plus patent and trademark information geared
toward the gadget master lurking within each of us.]

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Yes, it's got trademark and patent basics and news, but it may be most useful for the ability to conduct free patent searches.

Free stuff! Run by a nonprofit group for independent inventors, Inventnet offers advice, forms, patent attorney referrals, an electronic newsletter, and more for the erstwhile inventor.

The Invention Dimension
An eclectic assemblage of news, surveys, resources, and links. Perhaps the most interesting is an archive of "inventors of the week," which is searchable by invention.

Wacky Patent of the Month
What were they thinking? Check out the "self waiting table" (1866), the "nose shaper" (1907), and the "pat on the back apparatus" (1986).






[A selection of science and technology-related news sites.]

The Why Files
Promising to deliver the science behind the news, The Why Files does just that in remarkably clear fashion for timely topics as diverse as cloning and school violence.

Planet Science
Selected news and feature stories on an eclectic array of topics from the pages of the respected London-based science weekly New Scientist.

EurekAlert: Global Gateway to Science, Medicine, and Technology News
Produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the site posts news releases from a wide range of prestigious research and medical institutions.

Science Daily
Here's where to get your daily dose of the latest science research news. This site is distinctive because it lets you filter stories easily according to topic ("matter and energy," for example), and its many relevant links.

This frequently updated and searchable roster of NASA news releases and images is a must for space junkies.

Sounds Like Science
Didn't catch the broadcast on National Public Radio? Tune in here for science news coverage.









[Sites that open the doors to some of the best sci-tech labs.]

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Birthplace of the Bomb, Los Alamos continues to work on nuclear weapons and materials. This one glows.

MIT Media Lab
Want to get really wired? Here's where the digital future of electronic entertainment lies.

Bell Labs Innovations
A peek into the headlines, projects, and people at the Bell Labs, now a unit of Lucent and still arguably the world's premier computing and telecommunication laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories
As a national security lab in a post-Cold War world, Sandia delves into many kinds of energy research and high-tech projects these days. Three or more of these efforts are featured here.

IBM Research
No company matches the diversity of IBM's research into computer and related materials sciences, and this site offers a Big Blue taste of it, from voice recognition to nanotechnology.




[A virtual apple a day, these sites offer a host of useful health-related information.]

National Institutes of Health
In addition to news and reports, this site provides a rich set of links, including a consumer health service and a guide to other health institutes.

A consumer-oriented government health site, Health-finder offers extensive information on a variety of medical conditions, as well as prevention tips. It also serves as a gateway to many other resources.

Internet FDA
A key resource for drug and medical product information and warnings, the FDA site also lets you search for drug approvals by active ingredient or brand name.




[A grab bag of cool science sites that didn't fit in elsewhere.]

Albert Einstein: Image and Impact
Don't quite understand E=mc2? Let Einstein explain it to you via an audio clip. And check out his photo albums while you're at it.

Explore Science
How do waves form? What's up with gravity? Animated demos explain the scientific concepts behind our world (shockwave plug-in required).

Web Elements
A unique example of how something old can become new again online. This periodic table of elements provides an ease of access and a depth of data textbooks cannot match.

Xavier the Robot
See what Xavier sees, and for a couple of hours each day, you might even be able to remotely control where he goes and what he does. If it only worked with children.


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