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June 25, 2008: Links & Books

Dark Matter


NASA Science: Dark Energy, Dark Matter
Read an overview of the physics behind dark matter and dark energy on this NASA site.

NASA: Our Universe 101
This NASA site gives a good overview of dark matter and dark energy. It includes a list of possible candidates for dark matter as well as links for further exploration.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory: Dark Matter Mystery
On this site hosted by Harvard University, examine competing dark matter theories or browse an extensive Q&A page.

Soudan Underground Laboratory
Follow the Soudan Underground Lab's search for dark matter, view a slide show of its facilities, or browse a list of resources for students and teachers.

Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe
View detailed PowerPoint presentations from a symposium on dark matter hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles.


Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Cosmos
by Iain Nicolson. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

In Search of Dark Matter
by Ken Freeman. Geoff McNamara, Praxis Publishing, 2006.


"Searching for an Elusive Particle, Physicists Take a Shot in the Dark"
by J.R. Minkel. Scientific American, April 29, 2008.

Of Mice and Memory


HHMI Online Companion
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute provides an extensive collection of resources on aging and memory in its online companion to this segment of NOVA scienceNOW.
More on HHMI and its partnership with NOVA

Alzheimer's Association
Find comprehensive information about Alzheimer's disease, read personal stories from patients coping with the disorder, and take an interactive tour of the brain.

Web MD: Alzheimer's Disease Health Center
Read articles about Alzheimer's disease or connect with patients and their family members through blogs and message boards.

Eden Alternative
Research the principles of eldercare behind Eden Alternative. See a calendar of events aiming to equip attendees with better eldercare skills.

Tsai Lab
Li-Huei Tsai's Web page at MIT offers an overview of her research on neurological disorders.

And Thou Shalt Honor
This PBS Web site chronicles a series of nationwide town hall meetings and interviews with politicians regarding health-care issues facing aging Americans. View video clips or see an overview of related legislation.

NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
Watch a segment of NewsHour with Jim Lehrer in which reporter Susan Dentzer takes a closer look at the state of nursing homes in America.

Sweatt Lab
Learn more about molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory at J. David Sweatt's laboratory Web site at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Mechanisms of Memory
by J. David Sweatt. Academic Press, 2003.

In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind
by Eric Kandel. W.W. Norton, 2006.

Life Worth Living: How Someone You Love Can Still Enjoy Life in a Nursing Home
by William H. Thomas. VanderWyk & Burnham, 1996.


"The Promise, Practice, and Problems of the Eden Alternative: One Facility's Learning Experience"
by Bethany G. Sampsell. Nursing Homes, December 2003.

Profile: Hany Farid


Hany Farid: Research
Learn what projects Hany Farid is working on as leader of Dartmouth's Image Science Group, from medical imaging to reconstructing ancient Egyptian tombs.

The Digital Journalist: An Interview with Hany Farid
Learn about Hany Farid's studies with digital forgeries in this interview from The Digital Journalist. Find out how the admissibility of digital photos in criminal cases sparked Farid's interest in photo manipulation.

Wired Magazine: Adobe Tackles Photo Forgeries
Wired magazine finds out what Adobe is doing to combat photo frauds, and experts weigh in on the reliability of new photo-authentication technology.

Big Think—Hany Farid
Hear more from Hany Farid in this interview on the Big Think website.


Photo Fakery: The History and Techniques of Photographic Deception and Manipulation
by Dino A. Brugioni. Brassi's Inc., 1999.

Adobe Photoshop Forensics
by Cynthia Baron. Course Technology PTR, 2007.


"Digital Doctoring: How to Tell the Real From the Fake"
by Hany Farid, Significance 3(4): 162-166, December 2006.

"Proving that Seeing Shouldn't Always be Believing"
by Claudia Dreifus, The New York Times, October 2, 2007.

Wisdom of the Crowds


James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds
Listen to audio excerpts from Surowiecki's book on crowd wisdom or view the author's question-and-answer page.

Ask 500 People: World Opinion While You Watch
This instant polling site, inspired by Surowiecki's book on crowd wisdom, offers daily surveys on politics and pop culture. Viewers can cast their vote on a particular issue, ask their own questions, or comment on blog postings.

MIT: Center for Collective Intelligence
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosts this site dedicated to exploring the relationship between new communications technologies and collective intelligence.


The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations
by James Surowiecki. Random House, 2004.

The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind
by Gustave Le Bon. Cosimo, 2006.


"Vox Populi"
by Francis Galton. Nature 75, 450-51. March 7, 1907.

"The Tale of Galton's Mean: The Influence of Experts"
by David M. Levy & Sandra J. Peart, Center for Study of Public Choice, October 4, 2007.


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