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Back to TopicsWeb Guide - Sciences
Updated 4/18/15

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Periodic Table of the Elements
This site is brought to you by the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Users need only click on the element they are interested in to get a brief summary of the element's history, sources, properties, uses, isotopes, forms, and costs. Most of the information comes from the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics and the American Chemical Society. Any questions that aren't answered here will probably be answered in the "Additional Periodic Table Information" section where links to other educational sites are listed.

Periodic Table of the Elements.


The Particle Adventure: The Fundamentals of Matter and Force
An award-winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, Higgs bosons, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators and particle detectors from the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

News and information from Astronomy Magazine.

A Guide to Outer Space Surveillance
A useful guide for the amateur star gazer. Covers types of stars, our Solar System, Galaxies and the universe and answers such questions as "what does it take to become an astronomer".

Expanding Universe
"A classified search tool for amateur astronomy." This site is a very well organized collection of links to all things astronomical. The folks at the Metro Toronto Reference Library have created an appealing and useful resource in Expanding Universe.

Hubble Space Telescope

NASA Observatorium

NASA's SpaceLink
An aeronautics and space resource for educators.

National Air and Space Museum

Sky Online
Sky and Telescope's Homepage

Solar System
From National Geographic website.

A learning center for young astronomers.

StarDate Online
Besides the ability to listen to StarDate Radio (the longest running science feature in the country), this site offers plenty of facts and pictures of all things celestial. From the Sky Almanac to Solar System and Galaxy Guides, the information is both current and well-organized.

Learn how to identify houseplants and outdoor plants. Plant Encyclopedia describes each plant, how to cultivate, soil and temperature requirements, pruning, etc.

Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at Ohio State University has merged several digital collections to provide over 260,000 pages of horticulture and crop science information.


This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics
The U.S. Geological Survey has put the entire contents of this 1996 book by W. Jacquelyne Kious and Robert I. Tilling up on the web. You can read the whole text (complete with pictures) at this site, or you can download the book as a zipped file. Great introduction to plate tectonics.

Global Volcanism Program
The Global Volcanism Program is a project of the National Museum of Natural History (of the Smithsonian Institute). The site features volcanic activity notices and reports, lists and data on the world's volcanoes, and links to volcano information on the Internet.

Our Planet
United Nations Environmental Program -- bimonthly magazine.

What's it Like Where You Live?
A site for grades 4 and up describes six biomes: rainforest, tundra, taiga, desert, temperate forests and grasslands. Information on each biome includes location, basic facts, plants, animals, a story, links to other sites and a variety of images and activities. There are additional links to related sites for students and teachers.  This is an Evergreen Project Adventure from the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Wind and Sea
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Good site for local forecasts.

National Climatic Data Center

National Weather Service - Ft. Worth/Dallas Center

NOAA Climatalogical Data for North Texas

Database with detailed weather information for Texas cities from 1888 to the present. 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather

Provides a continually updated U.S. map showing warnings and advisories for tornadoes, hurricanes and other severe weather, winter storms, high winds, flooding, dense fog, etc.  Localized weather forecasts, air quality and much more from an agency of the U.S. government.

Temperature World
From "preventing dehydration" to world forecasts to global warming info.

The Weather Channel
The companion page to the TV channel, this site offers radar and satellite maps, local ofrecasts for the entire US, and much more.

World Climate
Find out the normal climate for an area.

World Temperature Extremes

Weather Underground


Dinosaurs: Fact and Fiction
The U.S Geological Survey puts out this pamphlet which "contains answers to some frequently asked questions about dinosaurs, with current ideas and evidence to correct some long-lived popular misconceptions."

UC Museum of Paleontology
The folks at the University of California (Berkeley) Museum of Paleontology make it very clear that paleontology is more than just fossils -- it involves a thorough understanding of plants and animals, phylogeny (the "family" tree of life), geologic time, evolution, and much more. Check out their online exhibits for more details (historical and current) in all of these areas. The level of much of the information they present will appeal to high school students and the general public.
"Zoom Dinosaurs is a comprehensive on-line hypertext book about dinosaurs. It is designed for students of all ages and levels of comprehension. It has an easy-to-use structure that allows readers to start at a basic level on each topic, and then to progress to much more advanced information as desired, simply by clicking on links."


Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences
Features brief biographies of African American scientists from biochemists to zoologists. Includes pictures of many of the scientists as well as bibliographies of further biographical material.

Frank Potter's Science Gems
K-12 Science and Math Links.

Mad Scientist Network ~ Library
Ask a scientist your question + explore the science links.

Definitely one of the first places you should check for scientific topics on the Internet. SciCentral is a very well organized portal site (a portal site is one whose main focus is to link to other sites rather than to provide information). You can search by broad scientific area (e.g., Earth & Space Sciences), then by type of resource (e.g., career resources, databases, and journals). SciCentral also has lots of links to science news, and you can set up a personalized science news alert so developments in your favorite field are emailed to you.

Science Learning Network
"The Science Learning Network (SLN) is an online community of educators, students, schools, science museums and other institutions demonstrating a new model for inquiry science education." This collaboration of the National Science Foundation, Unisys Corp., science museums throughout the world, and other partners (including several elementary schools) has produced a wonderful resource for students of all ages. The topics covered are too numerous to mention, but some of the standout sections include "The Atoms Family," "Oceans Alive," and "From Windmills to Whirligigs."

Science Netlinks
Science NetLinks is a premier K-12 science education resource produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Included are teaching tools, interactives, podcasts, and hands-on activities.

Science News Online
Includes some full text articles from the magazine.

Scientific American
This site includes selected articles from the past few years of Scientific American, as well as articles written for the web. . Other features include an "Ask the Experts" section, exhibits, interviews, and links to other science sources on the web. If you like Sci. Am., remember that APL has over a hundred years of the magazine on microfilm (the most recent couple years in print), and that we have the indexes to search articles on particular topics.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Why? Files -- Science Behind the News
When you want to find out more about the science behind the news, turn to the Why Files, a project of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School, funded by the National Institute for Science Education. The home page features easy-to-understand articles about science topics discussed in the news. During hurricane season, for example, you might find an article about new research into the storms--along with basic information to help you understand what the heck the meteorologists are so excited about! Use the site's search engine to quickly find information on a particular topic. Or if you're in the mood to browse, click the More Stories box, where you can find dozens of articles on current topics in physical science, biology, social science, health, and environmental science--as well as an entertaining and informative section on the science behind sports.


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