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January 10, 2006: Links & Books

10th Planet


10th Planet Discovered
The Science@NASA Web site includes a feature on the discovery of a 10th planet in our solar system. Read the piece in text form or download it as an audio file.

Michael E. Brown
Find information on "Xena" and other distant celestial bodies on the homepage of astronomer Michael Brown.

The Tenth Planet
Join an informal discussion about the discovery of our newest planetary neighbor on The Tenth Planet, a blog devoted to the subject.

W. M. Keck Observatory
Astronomers from the William M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii discovered a moon orbiting "Xena" in September 2005. Find links to information on this and other Kuiper Belt Objects on its Web site.

National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Learn about the research of other major U.S. observatories on the National Optical Astronomy Observatory Web site.


"Object Bigger Than Pluto Discovered, Called 10th Planet"
by Robert Roy Britt., July 29, 2005.

"You Call That a Planet?"
by Megan O'Connor., August 2, 2005.

"Astronomers Detect '10th Planet'"
by Dr. David Whitehouse. BBC News Online, July 30, 2005.

"Tenth Planet Discovered"
by Francis Reddy. Astronomy Magazine, July 30, 2005.

"Tenth planet discovered in outer solar system"
by Jeff Hecht., July 30, 2005.

Twin Prime Conjecture


Goldston's Mathpage
Find mathematical papers and publications from Dr. Daniel Goldston, including his recent work on the twin prime conjecture.

GIMPS Home Page
Download a small program from the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search that will allow your home PC to aid mathematicians in calculating large prime numbers.

Twin Prime Conjecture
This Web page from MathWorld offers a short explanation of the twin prime conjecture using graphs, equations, and a downloadable file for the program Mathematica.

The Prime Pages
Hosted by the University of Tennessee, "The Prime Pages" are a hub for all things related to prime numbers and prime number theory.

American Institute of Mathematics
The American Institute of Mathematics Web site provides technical descriptions of the twin prime conjecture and offers downloadable copies of the recent paper by Daniel Goldston, Cem Yildirim, and János Pintz.


Prime Numbers: The Most Mysterious Figures in Math
by David Wells. John Wiley & Sons, 2005.

The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics
by Marcus Du Sautoy. HarperCollins, 2003.

The Prime Numbers and Their Distribution
by Gerald Tenenbaum, Michel Mendes France, and Philip Spain. American Mathematical Society, 2000.


"Prime Number Breakthrough"
by Dr. David Whitehouse. BBC News Online, April 4, 2003.

"Mind the Gap"
+Plus Magazine, May 13, 2003.

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker


Rediscovering the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers an extensive Web site on the search for the ivory-billed woodpecker. Find information on recent fieldwork, view photo galleries, and more. Be sure to download the lab's impressive interactive audio analyzer program for a closer look at bird calls.

The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker is Rediscovered in Arkansas!
Read accounts from amateur birders as they help search for the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker.

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Rediscovered in Arkansas
Hear a report on the sighting of the long-lost ivory-billed from NPR's Radio Expeditions.

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservatory is working to preserve the Big Woods of Arkansas, which are the natural habitat of the "Lord God Bird." Learn about the effort to save these wetland forests on its Web site.

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
On this Web site from the Audubon Society, learn the key differences between the ivory-billed woodpecker and its cousin, the piliated woodpecker.


The Race to Save the Lord God Bird
by Phillip Hoose. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.

In Search of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
by Jerome A. Jackson. Smithsonian Books, 2004

The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
by Tim Gallagher. Houghton Mifflin, 2005.


"Ivory-Billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) Persists in Continental North America"
by John W. Fitzpatrick et al. Science, June 3, 2005.

"'Extinct' Woodpecker Found Alive"
BBC News Online, April 28, 2005.

"'Extinct' Woodpecker Found in Arkansas, Experts Say"
by James Owen. National Geographic News, April 28, 2005.

"Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Flies Back From the Dead"
by Andy Coghlan., April 28, 2005.

Pandemic Flu


HHMI Online Companion
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers an extensive collection of pandemic-flu research resources in its online companion to this episode of NOVA scienceNOW.
More on HHMI and its partnership with NOVA

Avian Influenza
The World Health Organization offers a comprehensive online resource on the medical response to a potential epidemic or pandemic of avian flu. Find fact sheets, frequently asked questions, and more.
Find information on health safety, planning, research activities, and more on the U.S. government's official Web site on pandemic flu and avian influenza.

Pandemic Influenza: Worldwide Preparedness
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention offer this informative Web site on the possibility of a pandemic flu. Find fact sheets, health tips, emergency planning checklists, and other useful links.

Web Focus: Warnings of a Flu Pandemic
This Web site from the science journal Nature provides a lengthy index of past bird flu articles.

Bird Flu
This BBC Web site features numerous articles on the global impact of avian flu. Read key news reports, view interactive maps, and watch multimedia presentations.

Bird Flu: Spread of the H5N1 Strain
The PBS NewsHour offers this online information center on the spread of the bird flu virus. Find reference information, archived NewsHour reports, interactive features, and more.

Rx For Survival
The companion Web site to the PBS series Rx For Survival includes transcripts of an in-depth panel discussion on the medical challenges of the next global pandemic.


The Invisible Enemy: A Natural History of Viruses
by Dorothy H. Crawford. Oxford University Press, 2000.

The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague In History
by John M. Barry. Viking Press, 2004.

The Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu
by Mike Davis. New Press, 2005.


"A War and a Mystery: Confronting Avian Flu"
by Keith Bradsher and Lawrence Altman. The New York Times, October 12, 2004.

"Public Health Risk From the Avian H5N1 Influenza Epidemic"
by Neil M. Ferguson et al. Science, May 14, 2005.

"Avian Flu: H5N1 Virus Outbreak in Migratory Waterfowl"
by H. Chen et al. Nature, July 14, 2005.

Lab Meat?


New Harvest
New Harvest is a nonprofit organization that seeks to develop new meat substitutes through the use of cell cultures. Learn about its work on lab-made, cultured meats through its Web site.

Tissue Engineering
Visit the homepage of Tissue Engineering, the official journal of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society.


"In Vitro Cultured Meat Production"
by P. D. Edelman et al., 2004.

"Scientists Aim for Lab-Grown Meat"
BBC News Online, August 13, 2003.

"Brave New Hamburger: Researchers Cook Up Far-Out Ways to Grow Meat"
by Geeta Dayal. The Village Voice, August 2, 2005.,education4,66451,12.html

Stem Cells Update


Exploring the Ethical Boundaries on Genomic and Genetic Research
Read debates on the ethics of genetic enhancement, stem cells, cloning, and more on this Web site from the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Stem Cell Information
The National Institutes of Health provides a comprehensive online resource on the science and ethics of stem cells, including large sections on scientific research and U.S. policy.

Special Online Collection: Hwang et al. and Stem Cell Issues
Science Magazine provides this Web site for readers following the controversy surrounding the stem cell research of Hwang et al. Find original Science papers, associated news coverage, a policy forum on stem cell ethics published earlier in 2005, Science's statement on the situation, and more.

Rudolf Jaenisch: Overview
Read about the latest research of Dr. Rudolf Jaenisch, including his latest work with embryonic stem cells, nuclear cloning, and the reprogramming of the genome.

Stem Cells and Cloning
This Web site from the Royal Society of the U.K. offers a wide range of resources on stem cells and cloning. Read current articles, debate bioethics, and learn about Dolly, the world's first cloned sheep.

HHMI Stem Cell Research
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers an extensive collection of stem cell research resources in its online companion to this episode of NOVA scienceNOW.

The Stem Cell Debate
This Web special from Time Magazine offers a broad look at the political and scientific issues of stem cell research. Find interactive explanations, viewer polls, links to online resources, and more.


Human Embryonic Stem Cells: An Introduction to the Science and Therapeutic Potential
by Anne Keissling. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2003.

Stem Cells: Scientific Progress and Future Research Directions
by National Institutes of Health. University Press of the Pacific, 2004.

The Stem Cell Controversy: Debating the Issues
edited by Michael Ruse and Christopher A. Pynes. Prometheus Books, 2003.

Human Cloning and Human Dignity: The Report of the President's Council on Bioethics.
foreword by Leon Kass. Public Affairs, 2002.

The Human Cloning Debate
by Glenn McGee and Arthur Caplan, editors. Berkeley Hills Books, 2004.

Stronger Hurricanes


Global Warming
This Web site from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides detailed information on the impact of global warming. Learn about the possible causes of global climate change, explore the effects it may have on our environment, find links to additional resources, and more.

Global Warming and Hurricanes
On this NOAA Web page, explore the possible connections between global warming and the increasingly powerful hurricanes that have been forming in the South Atlantic.

Hurricanes, Climate, and Katrina: Research, Reviews, and Articles from Science Online
Science Magazine offers a large selection of online articles related to hurricanes, coastal disasters, and disaster policy.

Hurricanes and Global Warming - Q&A
The Pew Center for Global Climate Change offers answers to several frequently asked questions about global warming.

Seeking to Link Climate Change and Hurricanes
Hear an interview with hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel on NPR's All Things Considered.

Hurricane Science
In this PBS NewsHour segment, weather experts Christopher Landsea and Judith Curry examine the reasons why the 2005 hurricane season was so extraordinarily devastating.

Kerry Emanuel's Home Page
On Dr. Kerry Emanuel's homepage, find links to academic papers, computer simulations of hurricane intensity, and other resources related to global warming.

Peter J. Webster
Dr. Peter Webster's homepage offers downloadable papers, information on recent fieldwork, photo galleries, and more.


Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes
by Kerry Emanuel. Oxford University Press, 2005.

Thermodynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans
by Judith Curry and Peter Webster. Academic Press, 1999.

Hurricane Watch: Forecasting the Deadliest Storms on Earth
by Jack Williams and Bob Sheets. Vintage Books, 2001.

by Seymour Simon. Harpercollins, 2003.


"Increasing Destructiveness of Tropical Cyclones Over the Past 30 Years"
by Kerry Emanuel. Nature, July 31, 2005.

"Changes in Tropical Cyclone Number, Duration, and Intensity in a Warming Environment"
by Peter Webster. Science, September 16, 2005.

"Is Global Warming Making Hurricanes Worse?"
by John Roach. National Geographic News, August 4, 2005.

"Is Global Warming Fueling Katrina?"
by Jeffrey Kluger. Time Online Edition, August 29, 2005.,8599,1099102,00.html

Profile: Tyler Curiel


Section of Hematology and Medical Oncology Research Laboratories, Tulane Department of Medicine
Find information on the latest research from Dr. Tyler Curiel's lab on this Web page from Tulane University.

Unexpected Necessities — Inside Charity Hospital
For nearly a week after Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Curiel and his wife, Dr. Ruth Berggren, helped care for patients who remained at New Orleans' Charity Hospital. Read Dr. Berggren's riveting account of their experience on the New England Journal of Medicine Web site.

Med Student Who Researched His Own Cancer Dies
Before his death from a rare form of cancer, medical student Andy Martin spoke with NPR's Robert Seigel about the experience of being both doctor and patient. Hear part of this interview on the NPR Web site.

Bounce For Life
Visit the homepage for Bounce For Life, an organization founded by Andy Martin to raise funds for SNUC and related cancer research.

National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute's Web site provides a wealth of information on all varieties of cancer. Find drug dictionaries, links to clinical trials, cancer statistics, and more.


"Hurricane Katrina: Left Behind"
by Erika Check. Nature, September 22, 2005.

"Heroic Efforts Salvage Research"
by Amy Dockser Marcus. University of Houston Educational News, Monday, October 3, 2005.

"Medical Student Takes On a Rare Disease—His Own"
by Amy Dockser Marcus. The Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2004.


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