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July 9, 2008: Links & Books

Saving Hubble


NASA: The Hubble Space Telescope
On this NASA site, find information about past and present Hubble servicing missions and view details of the telescope's optical assembly.

A Brief History of the Hubble Space Telescope
Read an overview of Hubble's history and goals as provided by NASA.

Find recent news about the Hubble Space Telescope and download computer wallpaper, photos, and videos from this Web site hosted by the Space Telescope Science Institute.

The Hubble Heritage Project
Browse a gallery of cosmic images and view poems and artwork submitted by Hubble enthusiasts.

Space Telescope Science Institute
Check out this site for events hosted by the Space Telescope Institute and to learn about the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA's next step in infrared optimized space imaging.


Hubble: The Mirror on the Universe
by Robin Kerrod and Carole Stott. Firefly Books, 2007.

Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe
by Mark Voit. Harry N. Adams, 2000.

State of the Universe 2008: New Images, Discoveries, and Events
by Martin Ratcliffe. Praxis Publishing, 2008.

Space Systems Failures: Disasters and Rescues of Satellites, Rockets and Space Probes
by David Harland and Ralph Lorenz. Praxis Publishing, 2005.


"The Hubble Space Telescope Optical Systems Failure Report"
by Allen Lew. NASA Technical Report NASA-TM-103443, 1990.

"Hubble Space Telescope Primer for Cycle 17"
From the Space Telescope Science Institute, December 2007.

"Hubble Mission: Big on Safety, Pressed for Time"
by Traci Watson. USA Today, April 20, 2008.

First Primates


Understanding Evolution
Learn about natural selection and the process of evolution on this Web site from the University of California, Berkeley.

Encyclopedia of Life
Track the progress of this ambitious new site as it attempts to post detailed profiles for all of the approximately 1.8 million known species on Earth.

Tree of Life Web Project
Read about biodiversity and search the family trees of organisms both living and extinct.

The Paleontology Portal
Hosted by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, this site is a resource for learning about the geographic and fossil records of North America.

PBS: Evolution
On this companion site to the PBS Series Evolution, browse interactive features dealing with mass extinction, the struggle between science and religion, and more.


The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
by Richard Dawkins. Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

The Book of Life: An Illustrated History of the Evolution of Life on Earth
by Stephen Jay Gould. W. W. Norton, 2001.

Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins
by Carl Zimmer. HarperCollins, 2005.


"Revisiting the Adaptive Origins of Primates (Again)"
by Mary Silcox, Doug Boyer, Jonathan Bloch, and Eric Sargis. Journal of Human Evolution, Vol. 53, 321-324, 2007.

"New Paleocene Skeletons and the Relationship of Plesiadapiforms to Crown-Clade Primates"
by Mary Silcox, Doug Boyer, Jonathan Bloch, and Eric Sargis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, January 17, 2007.

"Two Skeletons Push Primates Closer to Dinosaur Era"
by Andrea Thompson., February 7, 2007.

Profile: Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa


Neurology and Neurosurgery
Learn more about Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa's research at this site from the Johns Hopkins Medicine Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory.

NPR: Farmworker to Surgeon, Immigrant Lives Dream
Listen to a National Public Radio interview with Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa describing his journey from migrant farmworker to neurosurgeon.

American Brain Tumor Association
Make a donation, contact people who have been affected by brain tumors, and read treatment updates on this site from the American Brain Tumor Association.

Medline Plus: Brain Cancer
Find glossaries, videos, information on clinical trials, and other resources on brain cancer at this Medline Plus site.

NOVA Online: Secrets of the Mind
This site for NOVA's "Secrets of the Mind" offers interactive features with optical illusions and other resources related to neuroscience.

Big Think—Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa
Hear more from Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa at his website on Big Think.


Brain Tumors (Diseases and Disorders)
by Arda Darakjian Clark. Lucent Books, 2006.

Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life
by Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang. Bloomsbury USA, 2008.


"Terra Firma—A Journey from Migrant Farm Labor to Neurosurgery" by Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa. New England Journal of Medicine, August 9, 2007.

"A Surgeon's Path From Migrant Fields to Operating Room"
by Claudia Dreifus. The New York Times, May 13, 2008.

"From Immigrant to Brain Surgeon: Neurosurgeon's Drive Propels Him From Border Fence To Faculty"
Science Daily, October 1, 2007.

Killer Microbe


Snyder Lab at Yale University
Read about molecular research at Yale University from the page of Michael Snyder, Yale Center for Genomics and Proteomics Director.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter
This Acinetobacter page provides facts about prevention, diagnosis and treatment as well as references for further research.

Drug-resistant Acinetobacter Infections in Healthcare Settings
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers this page of information on Acinetobacter infection and treatment.

Target 32 Investigates: Super Germs
Watch video clips about Acinetobacter baumannii as provided by Kentucky's news station WLKY 32.

Chas Henry: Reporting and Analysis on Defense, Intelligence and Homeland Security
Reporter and Gulf War veteran Chas Henry's site provides video reports addressing the issue of Acinetobacter baumannii infections in military hospitals.

U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System
For information about health-care issues affecting members of the American armed forces, browse this site from the U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System, which offers a blog, debate page, and recent news.


Revenge of The Microbes: How Bacterial Resistance is Undermining the Antibiotic Miracle
by Abigail Salyers and Dixie Whitt. ASM Press, 2005.

Antibiotics: Actions, Origins, Resistance
by Christopher Walsh. ASM Press, 2003.

In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing
by Lee and Bob Woodruff. Random House, 2008.


"The Iraqibacter"
by Margaret Davidson. American Legion Magazine, March 2008.

"The Invisible Enemy"
by Steve Silberman. Wired Magazine, February, 2007.

"Acinetobacter baumannii Infections Among Patients at Military Medical Facilities Treating Injured U.S. Service Members, 2002–2004"
Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, November 19, 2004.

"Moving Up the Charts: Drug-Resistant Bug Invades Military, Civilian Hospitals"
by Brian Vastag. Science News, October 13, 2007.

"What I Faced After Iraq"
by Kimberly Dozier. The Washington Post, September 30, 2007.


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