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Science and Nature

 

Astronomy

The Constellations and their Stars
Detailed information about stars and constellations sponsored by the Astronomy Department of the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

George Observatory
Information on classes, events, and schedules for this observatory, located in Brazos Bend State Park. The site also has a monthly star chart and a sky calendar that includes moon phases, meteor showers, when to see the planets, and when to view eclipses.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Visit the lab that undertakes the robotic exploration of the solar system for NASA. JPL-managed telescopes, on the ground and in space, are peering into the cosmos beyond, studying distant galaxies, searching for Earth-like planets, and learning more about the origins of the universe.

A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System
Overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, and most provide references to additional related information.

NASA
The official site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Planetary Photojournal: NASA's Image Access Home Page
Click on a planet to view NASA images. Also view images and information from the different telescopes and spacecrafts that have explored our solar system.

U.S. Naval Observatory. Astronomical Applications Department: Data Services
Contains information on astronomical phenomena such as rise/set/transit/twilight data, phases of the moon, eclipses & transits, positions of celestial objects, synthetic views of the Earth & solar system bodies, celestial navigation and more.

Biology/Human

Becoming Human: Paleoanthropology, Evolution, and Human Origins
Up-to-date scientific information about the study of human evolution and paleoanthropology in an interactive documentary environment.

The Biology Project
Interactive resource for learning biology, designed for high school and college students. Subjects include cell biology, human biology, immunology, chemicals and human health, molecular biology, and more.

Human Genome Project Information
Learn the basics about the Human Genome Project; what it is: its progress, history and more.

Neuroscience for Kids!
Explore the nervous system or view experiments and activities that utilize the senses, memory, reflexes and more.

Botany/Zoology

Aggie Horticulture
Information on wildflowers, vegetables, citrus, flower gardening and much more. This site is provided by the Texas Horticulture Program at Texas A&M.

AmphibiaWeb
Taxonomic information for every recognized species of amphibian in the world. Species descriptions, life-history information, conservation status, literature references, photos, and range maps are available for many species.

Animal Info – Information on Endangered Mammals
Contains information such as profile, pictures, status, population estimates, history of distribution, threats, and animal characteristics regarding endangered and rare mammals worldwide.

Birding Map of Fort Bend County
Map of the area, with locations for viewing native birds.

Birds of the Upper Texas Coast
Native birds of the Upper Texas Coast.

Butterflies and Moths of North America
Find pictures and data about butterflies and moths native to Fort Bend County, through the Map Search link.

ENature
0nline field guides for birds, mammals, butterflies, wildflowers, native plants and trees, insects, and much more. The site also features a library of more than 500 bird calls, guides to National Parks and Refuges, and a backyard-habitat planner.

Encyclopedia of Life
The Encyclopedia of Life is a collaborative project for scientists and lay-people whose goal is to document the nearly 2,000,000 living species on the planet. Over the last eight years, some one million species have earned their own encyclopedia page featuring such information as a complete taxonomy, description, images, videos and sound files.

Field Guide to Common Texas Insects (Texas A&M)
An alphabetical listing of Texas insects, with detailed information and a vast collection of images, sounds, and pictures. Includes youth pages and animation.

North American Mammals
Contains pictures, maps, and essays related to North American mammals, with emphasis on those from the United States. Search by species name, family tree, conservation status, and special collections.

Plant Image Gallery
Contains colorful pictures of forbs, grasses, trees, shrubs and woody vines. Search by common name, scientific name, or browse a list of plants. Free access to the images for educational purposes; commercial purposes require a license and a fee. For more information about fees and licenses, go to Plant Image Gallery: Licensing Information.

Threatened and Endangered Wildlife and Plants
Search the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service site for species listed as threatened or endangered. Search by type or by region.

US Fish & Wildlife Services
Information on birds, coastal conservation programs, fish and wildlife species, endangered species, conservation, legislation, and much more. Includes an online image library with many copyright-free photographs and illustrations of plants and wildlife.

Chemistry & Earth Science

Chemical Scorecard
Information on environmental issues concerning your area, or anywhere in the U.S. Scorecard can rank and compare the pollution situation in areas across the U.S. It also profiles 6,800 chemicals, making it easy to find out where they are used and how hazardous they are. This site is provided by Environmental Defense, a non-profit organization.

Earth Observatory
Satellite imagery and scientific information about the planet's atmosphere, oceans, land, energy, and life. On this site offered by NASA the focus is on earth's climate and environmental change.

Encyclopedia of Earth
A comprehensive resource for timely, objective, science-based information about the environment. Users can browse through an extensive list of topics in the Encyclopedia of Earth.

Mineralogy Database
Contains information on 4,442 individual mineral species, with links to further information.

Periodic Table of Elements
Click on each element to find out about its properties, and more.

VolcanoWorld
Find a volcano by name, country or world region. Information includes current eruptions.

World Biomes
Basic information about the Earth's five main biomes, including a color-coded world map.

Resources

Eric Weisstein's World of Scientific Biography
Biographies of scientists in the fields of math, physics, astronomy, chemistry, and more.

Exploratorium
An online experience of the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California. Many of these online exhibits are patterned after real exhibits on the museum floor. The site also contains instructions for more than 500 simple experiments.

How Products are Made
Contains essays and diagrams that describe the manufacturing process of a wide variety of products, from daily household items to complicated electronic equipment and heavy machinery.

How Stuff Works
Learn how things work in the world around you.

National Geographic Online

SciCentral
Links to science resources and breaking scientific-research news.

Science.gov
Search for authoritative U.S. government science information found in numerous databases and websites from more than a dozen agencies. Find information on key areas of concern, including health, defense, the environment, and science education.

Science Daily
Contains breaking news and top stories from various scientific fields, such as health & medicine, plants & animals, space & time, earth & climate, and much more.



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