Spring has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. The weather is heating up and the longer days invite us to linger outside in the evening. But after a postprandial stroll, you might want to take a few moments to explore the sites listed below. And for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, we invite you to get cozy and check out our spring edition.
the past few decades, scientists say, the earth's poles
have experienced twice the rate of warming as the rest
of the earth. One important focus of International Polar
Year efforts will be to understand how and why the poles
are affected so dramatically by global climate change.
Our site contains interviews with scientists and archived
Webcasts and podcasts that cover topics such as Global
Warming 101 and How Global Warming Affects Penguins.
2 - DIG INTO SPRING AT THE SCIENCE OF GARDENING WEB SITE
It's time to begin a new gardening season. This site provides interactives, videos, and articles covering many aspects of gardening, including carnivorous plants, gardening in the Antarctic, and the secret lives of flowers. Get the dirt on dirt. Find out what motivates people to grow giant pumpkins or prized orchids and enter them in competitions. Learn this and more on the Science of Gardening Web site.
3 - EXPLORATORIUM EARNS MORE WEB AWARDS
The Exploratorium's Web site has been in the news lately as the recipient of twoWeb awards:
The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for Web sites, awarded the Exploratorium's Total Solar Eclipse: Live from Turkey Webcast http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/2006/index.html
the People's Voice Award in the new "Best Events and Live Broadcast" category of 2007 in the annual People's Voice voting.
The Exploratorium's Extremophiles in Kamchatka Web site earned the American Association of Museums (AAM) 2007 Muse Bronze Award for Online Presence http://www.exploratorium.edu/kamchatkaRevealing to a general audience the real-world processes for gathering scientific evidence, Extremophiles in Kamchatka transports us to the pristine habitat inside a collapsed volcano in Eastern Siberia, where microbial life forms thrive in the boiling-hot geothermal waters. Visually rich and accompanied by optional audio narration, the site features slideshows, as well as video collections in both English and Russian, focusing on both the uniqueness of the location and its extremophile inhabitants. These tiny yet hardy life forms, whose colonies appear as colorful patches on rock or as hairy white mats, give scientists clues about what life might be like on other planets. The site offers insight into the experience of researchers in the field--through documenting an international collaboration between microbiologists, geochemists, and geologists, and letting us observe the temporary tents that function as laboratories, and the sulfur pools that serve as both observatories and the only available opportunity for bathing.