21 Museums Every Science Fanatic Should Visit

Published by admin on March 09, 2011

One of the best ways to learn about science, and certainly one of the best ways to ensure that your children love science is by visiting museums. Though you may not find as many science museums as, say, art museums throughout the world; there are some great ones that you definitely want to make it a point to visit. Here are 21 science museums you’re sure to love.

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Top 50 Astronomy Blogs

Published by admin on November 22, 2010

Astronomy is a very interesting subject. Many science students know how interesting the stars, and other objects out in space, can be. There are many beautiful and mysterious things in space, and astronomers look at them on a daily basis. You don’t have to have a Masters in science to enjoy learning about astronomy; there are a number of web sites and resources designed for the enthusiastic amateur. If you are interested in astronomy, here are 50 blogs that are definitely worth your while:

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18 Irreplaceable Google Chrome Extensions for Scientists

Published by admin on October 19, 2010

Google Chrome is the country’s most widely used search engine. It has also become one of the most popular home pages, in part because of all the extensions you can get for free once you upgrade to Google Chrome. Here are 18 Google Chrome extensions we think scientists will really love.

  1. Shareaholic: This extension lets you quickly share web pages and the articles on them with others. You can even share upcoming events by simply sending the page with information about the event to those you think would be interested in attending.
  2. Fastest Tube: You Tube videos are often great resources. This app makes finding and bookmarking You Tube videos for later use a breeze.
  3. Autopager: Autopager allows you to automatically load the next page of a site in line when you get to the end of the first page. It’s a real time saver when you’re reading through a lot of material.
  4. Daily Favorites: This extension loads your frequently visited pages quickly with the touch of a button. No longer will you have to constantly reload those pages that you visit every day. They’ll be right there in a simple list so that you can get to them with one click.
  5. Apture Highlights: This is a great tool for doing research for papers. Simply highlight a word or phrase and get instant access to Wikipedia or Twitter or You Tube to help you learn more about the text you highlighted.
  6. Split Screen: Split your view between two different web pages with this extension. It’s perfect for comparing material when you’re researching.
  7. Note Anywhere: Make notes on any webpage. Then, when you open the page again, your notes load automatically.
  8. X Marks: If you have tools and extensions you love at work, you’d probably love to have them at home, too. With Xmarks, you can sync up your computers so that they have the same extensions and tools. It will sync across multiple computers and even across multiple web browsers.
  9. Google Translate: When you’re researching, you may run into some sites that aren’t in English. Google Translate translates the site with the click of the mouse.
  10. Stay Focused: This application is great for a lot of us who tend to spend a little too much time surfing the web for fun (or have kids who do). You can set it to block certain sites after a specified allotted amount of time. This way you can’t stay on Facebook all day.
  11. Vertical Tabs: Like all your tabs organized vertically? That’s what Vertical Tabs will do for you. You get a quick dropdown view of all your tabs at once.
  12. Feedly: This is a really fun extension. It organizes your favorite sources into a start page that has a great magazine like format.
  13. Google Mail Checker: Being able to check your email right on Google is such a timesaver. This Chrome extension allows you to automatically link to your email account to check for new mail quickly and easily. There are soon to be upgrades that will let you check more than one email account this way.
  14. Fastest Chrome: This extension makes everything go faster. Load pages and do searches faster than you ever thought possible.
  15. Last Pass: This is a great password manager and form filler tool. It keeps track of all your passwords for you and fills out forms with your info.
  16. RSS Subscription Extension: Get your subscriptions via RSS feed quickly and easily with this extension. Monitoring your favorite blogs and websites has never been easier.
  17. Remember the Milk for Gmail: The Remember the Milk tools are some of today’s most popular. This version for Google Chrome helps you keep track of everything you have to do so nothing gets forgotten.
  18. Instant Image Editor: This image editor works a lot like Photoshop, but it’s free!

With Google Chrome, and all its great extensions on your side, life will be better organized and more productive. There are lots of great ways to use this tool to improve your life in the lab and at home.

10 Essential Web Tools for Research Scientists

Published by James on April 06, 2010

1. Stumbleupon is not just for blog-surfers. Research scientists can set Stumbleupon to peruse funding and grants websites and scientific journals to keep up to date on the latest opportunities and discoveries.

2. Grants and Funding website: This is your one-stop resource to find funds for research and training in the sciences. This service is completely free.

3. Science Mag.org has articles on the latest news for every branch of science. Even mad scientists need some fun reading once in a while, and here you can find out how massive a quark really is, read a cheery piece titled “Death by Necroptosis,” and check in on the status of Madagascar’s forests and China’s sustainability efforts.

4. If you’re ready to leave academia and make some money, NewScientistJobs.com is a great job search engine to start with. Upload your resume, browse by discipline, find out who is recruiting or just check out the old-fashioned job search.

5. Lab Support is a job placement website specifically for scientific, engineering and preclinical professionals. The jobs range from contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire opportunities in areas like lab work, Environmental, Health & Safety etc.

6. Kelly Scientific is another job placement website, but with a global scope and offices nation-wide. You can find temp jobs and permanent positions all over the world, and you can use the search for free.

7. For tips on how to research online effectively check out this very scientific article, written by a librarian, specifically for scientific researchers.

8. Scirus is the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 370 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists’ homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.

9. INFOMINE is the search engine to go to when you need to find databases, electronic journals, online library card catalogs, articles and directories of researchers.

10. Intute is a similar free online search service from the UK that specializes in helping people find the best websites for academic research. Browse by subject – like Agriculture, food and forestry; Geography and environment; physical sciences; and Mathematics and computer science to find articles by top researchers. 

5 Free Online Web Apps for Science Nuts

Published by admin on January 21, 2010

Science nuts come in more flavors than peanuts, walnuts, chestnuts, macadamia nuts and all other nuts combined. There’s just so much to read about, learn, contemplate, and enjoy when it comes to science. And the proliferation of science information on the Internet has only exacerbated the situation for the committed philomath.

Here we present 5 free online web apps for science nuts out there. Hopefully these will help expand our understanding of things and will stimulate the thinking juices of the many budding Einsteins out there.

1. Schoolr – This search engine is a researcher’s delight. It is a great reference resource for information on the many things that a science nut frequently needs. Citations for book reports, plain old search, search on Wikipedia, and even image search. The site links to Wolfram, which is considered by many to be the most ambitious project ever undertaken on the Internet. Wolfram hopes to one day cover all the knowledge that can be systematically computed.

2. Periodic table of the elements – All science students, regardless of their specialization, are exposed to the periodic table. This application is a beautiful one for all science aficionados. It is a superb interactive information source on elements. A simple click takes you from the history of elements to the geology section where clicking any symbol opens up information on the geology of the element. Check it out, even guys who dreaded the periodic table will fall in love with this one.

3. Online Conversion – Simply the mother of all units’ conversion sites online. You can convert just about anything to anything here. You have more than 5000 units and over 50,000 conversions. At some point in time everyone has had to face a conversion conundrum, whether it’s converting weight from kilogram to pounds or checking out your height in meters. The site goes way beyond what you would expect of a conventional conversion resource. All scientific and daily use conversions that you can possibly think of. Informative, educational and also a worthy companion when sitting for exams.

4. Earth Live – A great visual tool for understanding the state of the earth. A beautiful application for all of us, more so for the serious students of environmental science. You can view almost real-time satellite data of the earth’s cloud cover, ocean temperatures, and the water vapor levels. You can remix the elements to get your own worldview and a better perspective of the living earth. You can track events such as the migration path of birds, butterflies, and animals. You can find out what the ocean currents are looking like at any point in time; there is so much more – for the armchair earth warrior to the committed scientist.

5. Health Map – A global disease alert map, ingenious use of information available on the net. The application collates information from different authority sources and brings them together in a global map. You can form your own opinions on the outbreak of infectious disease and their effect on human and animal health based on the information from news sources, personal accounts, and official alerts from organization such as WHO. The information is of great use to the science enthusiast, public health officials, and international travelers. You can search maps of N. America, S. America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia, and the World.

These five free web apps are just the tip of the proverbial information iceberg. Here’s a superb resource to search for some outstanding free and paid web applications of tremendous utility for science teachers, students, grads, undergrads, dads and grand-dads. Finally, here’s a funny page for scholastic science nuts. Simpletons like me can chuckle once they figure out what the joke was.