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Scientific American.com
Find articles and images describing current events in cutting edge and popular science. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Scientific American, Inc.
Stanford Solar Center
Interested in learning more about sunspots, Auroras, space weather, global warming, and other solar topics? This site will explain it all. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Stanford University
Strange Matter
Understanding how stuff is put together, how it can be used, how it can be changed and made better to do more amazing things - even creating completely new kinds of stuff: that's what materials science is all about. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Materials Research Society and Ontario Science Centre
Superconductor Information for the Beginner
An introduction to the world of superconductors, "one of the last great frontiers of scientific discovery." (Learn more)
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Provided by: Joe Eck
The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech Museum of Innovation is an interactive museum. This website describes the museum and offers information about its schedule, events, and exhibits. The museum offers opportunities to explore today's ever changing technology.The Tech Museum of Innovation... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: The Tech Museum of Innovation
Theater of Electricity
This site about electricity contains instructional videos, photos, links to related and useful resources, a safety quiz, activities to explore static electricity (which are almost complete lesson plans), teacher resources, links, a photo gallery, and more. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Museum of Science, Boston
Thinking Fountain
Science activities for children with step-by-step directions, photos, and mind maps. Ideas are grouped by theme, available alphabetically, and searchable on the site. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Science Museum of Minnesota
TryScience
TryScience.org is a gateway to experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through online and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide. TryScience and over 400 science centers worldwide invite you to investigate,... (Learn more)
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Provided by: TryScience
Universal Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci Online
This site, created by the Universal Leonardo project team, provides a visually stunning, interactive, and informative new approach to studying da Vinci's life, works, and ideas. (Learn more)
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Provided by: University of the Arts, London
Volcano World
A site bubbling over with volcano information. There is information on volcano types and there are virtual field trips to vocanoes. You can also learn about volcanoes categorized by world region, country/area, volcano name, and volcano descriptions. (Learn more)
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Provided by: University of North Dakota
The Why Files
A webzine that focuses on the science behind the news.  You can read stories about current events and biology, earth & space, environment, health, physical science, social science, and technology.  There is a wide variety of information on the site due to... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: University of Wisconsin
Why the Towers Fell
The companion website to the PBS program,"Why the Towers Fell" which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, April 30, 2002. The website offers an in-depth investigation of the precise causes of the Twin Towers' collapse with an interview of one of the four survivors... (Learn more)
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Provided by: PBS and WGBH
Windows to the Universe
A user-friendly, colorful, and exciting learning system on the Earth and Space sciences funded by NASA, this site includes news articles at different reading levels, images, movies, animation, and data sets that explore the Earth and Space sciences and the... (Learn more)
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Provided by: NASA
WISE - Web-based Inquiry Science Environment
This is a consortium funded by the National Science Foundation. The consortium works to build and maintain classroom activities and lesson plans that increase students' interest in science education. (Learn more)
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Provided by: University of California at Berkeley
Your Weight on Other Worlds
Imagine how high you could jump on Mars where your weight feels like less than half of what it is or on Jupiter where you would feel way over twice as heavy. This calculator will help you figure your weight on other planets! (Learn more)
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Provided by: Exploratorium
Zona Land
Physics is easier and more user-friendly using the math and science assistance with basic and advanced information on this site! Students who are better at science can choose the science approach to physics on the website. Students who are better at math... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Ed Zobel