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April 19, 2005: Links & Books

Little People of Flores


The Mind's Big Bang
This PBS Web site offers several interactive activities on the topic of human origins. Examine the remains of the earliest known humanoids, explore the theories of Charles Darwin, and see what the future might hold for our species.

Flores Man
The magazine Nature offers comprehensive coverage of Homo floresiensis online, including news updates, analysis of the find's impact on the human family tree, interactive maps and graphics, and more.

Becoming Human
The Institute of Human Origins offers narrated video, diagrams, and interactive features on human evolution. Learn about the discovery of Lucy and other major skeletal finds, explore the human family tree according to three different theories, and browse profiles of various hominid species.

Issues in Evolution
This extensive online collection of articles on evolution, human origins, and fossil dating techniques offers an up-to-date survey on current research in paleobiology.

Homo Floresiensis
The University of Minnesota Web site provides articles and photographs about H. floresiensis and what experts are beginning to discovery about its brain capacity, its position on the human family tree, and more.


The Third Chimpanzee
by Jared Diamond. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1992.

What Evolution Is
by Ernst Mayr. New York: Basic Books, 2002.

Human Origins: The Fossil Record
by Clark Spencer Larsen, Robert Matter, and Daniel Gebo. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 1998.

Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
by Daniel C. Dennett. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996.

T. rex


The Dinosauria: Truth is Stranger than Fiction
UC Berkeley's Museum of Paleontology dispels dinosaur myths and offers information on various species and what experts know about them. The site also traces dinosaurs' relationship to modern birds and reptiles.

Unearthing T. rex
Join the Black Hills Institute as they excavate a T. rex skeleton in North Dakota. Through daily updates, slide shows, and audio interactives, this comprehensive Web site will give you a front row seat to the dig team's activities in the field.

Expeditions at The Field Museum
The Field Museum's online destination hosts an illustrated interactive tour of assistant curator Peter Makovicky's expedition to look for dinosaur fossils in Wyoming.

Florida State University Department of Biological Science
Greg Erickson's Florida State University Web site gives detailed descriptions of his current research on dinosaurs and related living animals.

Sue at The Field Museum
Tour the Web site of the largest, oldest, and best preserved T. rex skeleton, which features an image gallery, answers to frequently asked questions about Sue and other T. rexes, and more.


The Dinosauria
by David Weishampel, Peter Dodson, and Halszka Osmolska, editors. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.

Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs
by David Fastovsky and David Weishampel. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Hunting Dinosaurs
by Louie Psihoyos and John Knoebber. New York: Random House, 1995.

Rex Appeal: The Amazing Story of Sue, the Dinosaur That Changed Science, the Law, and My Life
by Peter Larson and Kristin Donnan. Montpelier, VT: Invisible Cities Press, 2002.

Profile: Naomi Halas


Halas Nanophotonics Group
Dr. Naomi Halas' lab at Rice University posts information on current research projects its members are working on, publications by lab researchers, and popular articles featuring their work.

Heated Nanoshells Kill Cancer Cells
Nanotech Web offers a detailed article on the success of nanoshells in recent tests on mouse tumors.

Scientific American on Nanotechnology
The venerable science magazine keeps a running tab of all of its nanotechnology-related pieces on its Web site for your perusal.

Nanotechnology in Cancer
The National Cancer Institute presents a comprehensive source for news and information about the field of nanotechnology and its applications for cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

The Foresight Institute
Foresight, chaired by David Drexler, the MIT scientist who launched the field of nanotechnology in earnest, is an educational organization formed to help educate the public about nanotechnology.


Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea
by Mark Ratner and Daniel Ratner. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002.

Understanding Nanotechnology
by the editors of Scientific American. New York: Warner Books, 2002.

Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics, and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World
by Douglass Mulhall. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2002.

Stem Cells


HHMI Online Companion
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers an extensive collection of stem cell research resources in its online companion to this episode of NOVA scienceNOW.
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Stem Cell Information
A series of pages from the National Institutes of Health offers a succinct introduction to the topic of stem cells and provides links to more detailed materials, including scientific papers.

Stem Cell Research
The companion Web site to the PBS television series "Newshour" offers current news on stem cell research through interviews, articles, panel discussion transcripts, and video clips.

The National Human Genome Research Institute has an explanation of cloning for reproductive and therapeutic purposes on its site. The site also offers detailed information on the ethical debate surrounding cloning.

Embryonic Stem Cells
Browse the University of Wisconsin's news pages for exhaustive coverage of the most current developments in stem cell research. The site includes fact sheets, images, video clips, and links to other relevant online portals.

Click and Clone
In this interactive, use the process of stem cell somatic nuclear cell transfer to create a genetically identical clone of Mimi, a virtual brown mouse.

Laboratory Homepage of George Q. Daley
Read about stem cell research's potential for cancer therapy at Harvard researcher Dr. George Daley's Web page.

Harvard Stem Cell Institute
Read about new research that scientists at HSCI are conducting as well as about new uses for their cutting-edge therapies.

Sam Adams and Stem Cells
On the WGBH Forum Network, watch streaming video of a lecture and moderated discussion on stem cell research with Harvard scientist Kevin Eggan.


Human Cloning and Human Dignity: The Report of the President's Council on Bioethics.
With a foreword by Leon Kass. New York: PublicAffairs, 2002.

Cloning: For and Against
by M.L. Rantala and Arthur J. Milgram, editors. Peru, IL: Carus Publishing Company, 1999.

Understanding Cloning
by Sandy Fritz and Scientific American. New York, NY: Warner Books, 2002.

Human Cloning: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy
by Barbara MacKinnon, editor. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000.

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

Frozen Frogs


Laboratory for Ecophysiological Cryobiology
This Miami University Web site from the lab where researchers are studying the the winter behavior of wood frogs includes information on the cryobiology of various other amphibians and reptiles and time lapse videos of the animals.

Cold-Blooded Solutions to Warm-Blooded Problems
In this Exploratorium portal, find out how UC Berkeley's Boris Rubinsky developed a new protocol for freezing mammalian organs by studying the wood frog. You'll find Dr. Rubinsky's audio commentary, MRIs of a wood frog's freeze-and-thaw cycle, and more.

Cryobiology—A Short Course
Two professors from the University of Calgary present this detailed Web-based textbook for non-scientists interested in cryobiology.

The Wood Frog
Hear, see, and read everything you ever wanted to know about wood frogs.


Forever for All: Moral Philosophy, Cryonics, and the Scientific Prospects for Immortality
by R. Michael Perry. New York: Universal Publishers, 2000.

A Natural History of Amphibians
by Robert Stebbins and Nathan Cohen. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995.


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