Selected Science Web Sites

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General Science | Agriculture | Associations and Societies | Astronomy | Biology | Botany | Chemistry | Computers and Technology | Earthquakes | Environmental Science | Geology | History of Science | Journals Online | New York State | Nuclear Science | Paleontology | Physics | Statistics | Weather | Zoology
Last reviewed: September 26, 2013
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General Science

The Exploratorium
Virtual science visits to the Exploratorium, San Francisco's innovative science museum. This educational site includes the monthly "Ten Cool Sites" and is suitable for the general public.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/

Library of Congress Selected Internet Resources in Science and Technology
An extensive, browsable directory of science websites with annotations.
http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/resources.html

National Science Foundation
Federal government grants and awards information for science and engineering.
http://www.nsf.gov/

National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
Publication of surveys on science and engineering education, research and development funding, the impact of information technology; and demographics on scientists and engineers.
http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/

Science.gov
Central gateway to search or navigate to U.S. Government resources for the sciences.
http://www.science.gov/

Agriculture

AgBioForum
An online journal of agricultural biotechnology in society.
http://www.agbioforum.org/

Agricultural Factbook (USDA)
Extensive information about U.S. agriculture, statistics, the USDA, homeland security in agriculture and more.
http://www.usda.gov/factbook/

Agricultural Research Service
United States Department of Agriculture Research programs, news, a photo gallery and current and previous online issues of Agricultural Research Magazine.
http://www.ars.usda.gov/

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
USDA portal to information on organic farming, sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and community supported agriculture. Provides links, annotated bibliographies and industry resources.
http://afsic.nal.usda.gov/

Amber Waves
USDA online and print magazine intended to make material researched by the Economic Research Service accessible and useful. Trends, legal issues, health and international influences are all covered.
http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/

The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA)
An electronic collection of historically important texts on agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops, crop protection, soil science, food science, forestry, and nutrition. Maintained by the Mann Library at Cornell University.
http://chla.library.cornell.edu/

Information Systems for Biotechnology
Documents and searchable databases covering the development, testing and regulatory review of genetically modified plants, animals and microorganisms.
http://gophisb.biochem.vt.edu/

National Agricultural Library
Search Agricola, the library's database of article citations on agriculture, animal sciences, forestry, entomology, soil and water resources, alternative farming practices and more.
http://www.nal.usda.gov/

National Agricultural Statistics Service
Primary USDA source of statistical data. This site includes interactive maps, charts, data tables and more.
http://www.nass.usda.gov/index.asp

Associations and Societies

American Association for the Advancement of Science
http://www.aaas.org

American Astronomical Society
http://www.aas.org

American Chemical Society
http://www.chemistry.org/

Association for Computing Machinery
http://acm.org

American Council of Engineering Companies
http://www.acec.org

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
http://www.aiche.org/

American Institute of Physics
http://www.aip.org/

American Mathematical Society
http://www.ams.org/

American Meteorological Society
http://www.ametsoc.org/

American Nuclear Society
http://www.ans.org/

American Physical Society
http://www.aps.org/

American Society of Civil Engineers
http://www.asce.org/

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
http://www.asme.org/

Ecological Society of America
http://www.esa.org/

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
http://www.faseb.org/

Federation of Animal Science Societies
Member societies include the American Dairy Science Association, the American Society of Animal Science, and the Poultry Science Association.
http://www.fass.org/

The Geological Society of America
http://www.geosociety.org/

History of Science Society
http://www.hssonline.org/

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
http://www.ieee.org/

The IEEE Computer Society
http://www.computer.org

National Society of Black Engineers
http://www.nsbe.org/

New York Academy of Sciences
http://www.nyas.org/

The Palaeontological Association (UK)
http://www.palass.org/

Society of Women Engineers
http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/

Soil Science Society of America
http://www.soils.org/

Astronomy

Astronomy Picture of the Day
Amazing photographs of the Universe accompanied by links to educational information and an archives of previously-posted pictures.
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

The Galileo Project
Rice University's excellent site on the life, work, family and times of Galileo.
http://galileo.rice.edu/

Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature
Detailed information--latitude, longitude, diameter, name origin and more--about the surface features of planets and satellites.
http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/

Sloan Digital Sky Survey/SkyServer
A resource for professional astronomers, teachers, kids and others with images, games, and multiple astronomy databases with advanced query capabilities including SQL run directly from the website.
http://cas.sdss.org/dr3/en/

Solar System Planet Data
A table of physical data on the planets of our solar system.
http://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/exploring-the-planets/online/ss/ss_planetdata.html

StarDate Online
Constellation guide, schedule of meteor showers, image gallery, and frequently-asked questions.
http://stardate.org/

Biology

Biology Browser
A huge directory of online journals, data, organizations and other Web-based resources.
http://www.biologybrowser.org/

Virtual Library: Developmental Biology
Maintained by the Society for Developmental Biology. Links to laboratories where researchers specialize in gametogenesis and fertilization, early development, organogenesis and morphogenesis, pattern formation, gene regulation and genetics, cell lineage and fate maps, evolution and development, diseases, defects and development.
http://www.sdbonline.org/

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
A national resource for molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics information. Searchable databases include: GenBank, which is built of DNA sequences submitted by individual laboratories; Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM); Entrez, which provides users to sequence, mapping , taxonomy, and graphical views of chromosome maps; and BLAST, which can execute sequence searches against the entire DNA database in less than 15 seconds.
http://www.ncbi.nim.nih.gov

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)
Searchable and authoritative database of living things by scientific and common name, representing an international effort.
http://www.itis.gov/

Botany

Botany Online
An online botany textbook, hosted by the University of Hamburg, Germany. The English version is complete for 45 chapters as of this writing and represents an extensive and valuable resource despite difficult navigation.
http://www.biologie.uni-hamburg.de/b-online/e00/default.htm

Internet Directory for Botany
Comprehensive portal to botany sites.
http://www.botany.net/IDB/index.html

The International Plant Names Index
Database of names and basic bibliographical details of all seed plants.
http://www.ipni.org

The Parasitic Plant Connection
A professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale shares his expertise on this field of plant biology. Includes photographs, distribution maps, phylogeny, DNA material, and bibliographic references.
http://www.parasiticplants.siu.edu/

Chemistry

The Chemical Industry Home Page
Portal to well-chosen chemical industry Web sites. Includes an industry-specific search engine and quality information sources.
http://www.chemindustry.com/index.html

CHEMINFO, Chemical Information Sources
A guide to chemical information sources from Indiana University - Bloomington.
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Chemical_Information_Sources

Links for Chemists
A portal to World Wide Web chemistry sites, including university departments, MSDS, general information and more.
http://www.liv.ac.uk/chemistry/Links/links.html

NIST Chemistry WebBook
A reference guide to chemical constants, formulas and other data from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Over 40,000 compounds are covered. This is currently a free resource though the NIST explicitly reserves the right to charge for it in the future.
http://webbook.nist.gov/chemistry/

Vermont Safety Information Resources, Inc. MSDS Database
Searchable and browsable material safety data sheets online.
http://siri.org/msds/

WebElements - The Periodic Table on the WWW
The periodic table in student and professional versions.
http://www.webelements.com/

Computers and Technology

Computer Topics at HowStuffWorks.com
Technical details of how various aspects of computers work in plain language. Other topics available on this site include computer programming, security and a wide variety of other technology topics.
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/computer-hardware-channel.htm

The Linux Documentation Project
Learn all kinds of computer concepts and practical skills--from getting comfortable with email to managing an LDAP server.
http://www.tldp.org

NIST - Intelligent Systems Division
Over 600 searchable, full-text articles on intelligent systems and control mechanisms. A repostory of free C++ and Java code is also hosted at this site.
http://www.nist.gov/el/isd/

University at Albany Subject Guide on Computer Science
Extensive collection of links to university departments, algorithms, technical reports, compilers and much more.
http://libguides.library.albany.edu/csci

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
A group responsible for standardizing the Web. Here one can read technical reports and recommendations for such things as XML, HTML, CSS and other things that make the World Wide Web what it is.
http://www.w3.org

Webopedia
A reference source on computers and the Internet--in plain English.
http://www.webopaedia.com/

Earthquakes

National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering
Offers literature on earthquake-resistant building design, images of recent and historical earthquakes and a structural engineering slide library.
http://nisee2.berkeley.edu/

Southern California Earthquake Center
One of 23 National Science Foundation Science and Technology Centers, the Southern California Earthquake Center estimates when and where future earthquakes will occur in Southern California and communicates this information to the public. Includes earthquake myths, house safety tips and earthquake basics.
http://www.scec.org/

USGS (United States Geological Survey) National Earthquake Information Center
A list of the world's most recent earthquakes, frequently asked questions and a history of earthquakes in the United States.
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/neic/

Environmental Science

Ask Dr. Global Change
A resource of the Global Change Research Information Office, a clearing house for government information about global change issues, that includes a searchable question and answer archive.
http://gcrio.org/ask-doctor.html

Environmental News from the National Science Foundation
http://www.nsf.gov/news/index.jsp?prio_area=6

Massachusettes Institute of Technology: Reports on Climate Change 
Reports from MIT's Center for Global Change indexed with many available in pdf.
http://cgcs.mit.edu/

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Information on outdoor activities, animals, plants, and aquatic life, pollution, energy, climate, education, permits and licenses, and some forms and maps. An electronic versions of portions of Title 6 of the NYCRR (Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York) which covers environmental conservation is also available.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/

Our Planet
This site from UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) includes the full text of the AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment and links to environmental Web sites.
http://www.ourplanet.com/

Smart Communities Network
U.S. Dept. of Energy site about creating a more energy efficient and environmentally-friendly America. Includes news and resources for industry, academia and the public.
http://www.smartcommunities.ncat.org/

State of the Great Lakes Ecosystem Conference Reports
Full text reports on the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes with links to more environmental information. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Reports are available for the years 2009, 2007, 2005, 2000, 1998, 1996, and 1994.
http://www.epa.gov/solec/

World Conservation Monitoring Centre
A collection of databases with information on nature conservation.
http://www.unep-wcmc.org/

Geology

Cornell's Digital Earth
A joint project of Cornell University's Institute for the Study of Continents and the Department of Geological Sciences, ongoing projects include developing a comprehensive information system for the geosciences, interactive mapping and digital data sets for the entire globe and an understanding of the continent-continent collision mechanism along the Eurasian-Arabian plate boundary in eastern Turkey.
http://atlas.geo.cornell.edu/

Earth Science World
From the American Geosciences Institute, this website contains information about geoscience careers and resources for educators. The Image Bank, a database with over 6,000 quality photos, is searchable by category, continent, country, and keyword.
http://www.earthscienceworld.org/

National Geophysical Data Center
The national repository for geophysical data on glaciers, ice cores, solar-terrestrial physics, tree-rings and the global environment.
http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/

U.S. Geological Survey
As the Nation's largest earth, water, and biological sciences and civilian mapping agency, this bureau's Web site contains a vast amount of information. You will find a geographic names database, digital topographic maps, digital aerial photographs, as well as data on earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, hurricanes, birds, fish, water resources and much more.
http://www.usgs.gov/

Volcano World
Solid, educational information on volcanoes presented in a lighthearted manner. Photographs of current eruptions and volcano listings and descriptions by name and location. Maintained by Oregon State University.
http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/

History of Science

Alan Turing Archive for the History of Computing
A collection of documents about computer science history with a special focus on Alan Turing, the recognized father of that discipline.
http://www.alanturing.net/

Center for History of Physics
A project of the American Institute of Physics, this site covers the history of modern physics and the allied fields of astronomy, geophysics and optics. Highlights include virtual exhibits, the Niels Bohr Library's finding aids and the Institute's International Catalog of Sources of archival materials held in repositories around the world.
http://www.aip.org/history/

Inventor's Hall of Fame
A searchable collection of biographies and photos of inventors with the patent numbers and basic explanations of the inventions that made them famous.
http://www.invent.org/hall_of_fame/1_0_0_hall_of_fame.asp

Internet History of Science Sourcebook
A vast collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented for educational use.
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/science/sciencesbook.html

Museum of the History of Science
The University of Oxford's collection of historic scientific instruments--western and non-western. It is possible to view much of the collection on the Web via the museum's online library of over 8,000 images.
http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/

The Nobel Prize
The official site of the Nobel Prize, listing the Nobel Laureates as well as articles, often about the history of science, written by Laureates. The site also includes educational games and simulations relating to Nobel Prize-winning discoveries and inventions.
http://nobelprize.org/

Journals Online

Information Bridge
Full-text and bibliographic information of reports from U.S. Department of Energy grantees and national laboratories going back to 1995. Topics range from renewable energy to biology and computers.
http://www.osti.gov/scitech/

Nature
"Nature Science Update"--daily reports by Nature's science writers and some full text articles.
http://www.nature.com/nature/

The Public Library of Science
An ambitious effort by concerned scientists and physicians to make scientific discoveries accessible to all. This site currently houses five journals on biological and medical topics which are completely available to the public free of charge.
http://www.plos.org/

PubMed Central
An archive of biological and medical journals on the Web, maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/

Science News Online
Table of contents of current issue and full text of featured articles. Searchable archives of selected full-text articles.
http://www.sciencenews.org/

New York State

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Information on outdoor activities, animals, plants, and aquatic life, pollution, energy, climate, education, permits and licenses, and some forms and maps. An electronic versions of portions of Title 6 of the NYCRR (Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York) which covers environmental conservation is also available.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/

New York State GIS Clearinghouse
Lists New York State agencies and local governments that have produced GIS (Geographic Information Systems) data, some of which is downloadable. Information on the New York State GIS data-sharing cooperative for government agencies and not-for-profit organizations and links to GIS educational and training opportunities is also provided.
http://gis.ny.gov/

New York State Museum
A research museum whose scientists actively study New York State's geology, biology, anthropology, and history. Features virtual exhibitions on the Erie Canal, the Shaker Collection, Stark's Knob Scientific Reservation, The People of Colonial Albany, Contemporary Native American Crafts, and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) datasets.
http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/

Nuclear Science

National Nuclear Data Center
Brookhaven National Laboratory's online databases of nuclear structure and decay and nuclear reactions. Also included are palm pilot tools, manuals, code and links.
http://www.nndc.bnl.gov/

T-2 Nuclear Information Service (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Two tours of nuclear science and the T-2 group are available here. One is aimed at students of high school students. The other at a more sophisticated knowledge of nuclear science. A collection of nuclear data, computer codes for nuclear data and publications on the use of both is also present.
http://t2.lanl.gov/

Table of Isotopes
A joint project of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Sweden's Lund University, this site contains data on nuclear structure and radioactive decay. There's also an "ABC's of Nuclear Science" for high school students and undergraduates.
http://ie.lbl.gov/toi.htm

Paleontology

Palaeobotany Research Group, University of Münster
A collection of pages on the history of Paleozoic and Mesozoic forests.
http://www.uni-muenster.de/GeoPalaeontologie/Palaeo/Palbot/ebot.html

University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology
This site hosts a collection of online exhibits on the geologic history of life, evolution and phylogeny as well as resources directed at K-12 educators for classroom use.
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/

Physics

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Physics Laboratory
Physical reference data, measurements and calibrations and a searchable bibliography of Physics Laboratory staff publications.
http://www.nist.gov/pml/index.cfm

The Official String Theory Web Site
This Web site from a researcher at Stanford University features String Theory basics, a forum, a timeline and links to other String Theory sites.
http://www.superstringtheory.com/index.html

Physics Central
Educational site suitable for high school students. Includes the "Buckyball Guide" to the best physics Web sites.
http://www.physicscentral.com/

Physics World
Physics news, job listings and links. Maintained by the Institute of Physics.
http://physicsworld.com/

Statistics

The Data and Story Library
A set of data files and stories illustrating statistical methods.
http://lib.stat.cmu.edu/DASL/DataArchive.html

GISS ICP: Introduction to Statistics
A very straightforward, no-nonsense online introduction to statistics hosted by NASA. This website would be especially appropriate as a refresher course.
http://icp.giss.nasa.gov/education/statistics/

Simple Interactive Statistical Analysis (SISA)
A collection of script-based pages that perform statistical calculations, distributions and other operations on data.
http://www.quantitativeskills.com/sisa/

Weather

Extreme Weather and Climate Events
A service of the National Climatic Data Center of the NOAA. This is a comprehensive database of extreme weather events in the United States including satellite imagery, a searchable storms database, a hurricane log, historical global information and climate change data.
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/severeweather/extremes.html

National Weather Service
Forecasts, maps, monthly data and warnings.
http://www.weather.gov/

National Weather Association Satellite Image Resource List
An extensive collection of links to online weather image data.
http://www.nwas.org/committees/rs/nwasat.html

UM-Weather
University of Michigan portal to weather maps, software, travel information, web cameras, and weather data.
http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet/

WindandSea Internet Guide
An Internet bibiography compiled by the Central Library of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Material is primarily enviromental in focus, but the weather segment is one of the most extensive lists to be found on the Web.
http://www.lib.noaa.gov/docs/wind/windandsea8.html#Weather1

Zoology

AmphibiaWeb
A database of taxonomic information for every recognized species of amphibian in the world.
http://elib.cs.berkeley.edu/aw/

FishScope
Focuses on the developmental biology of fish. Maintained by the Department of Zoology at the University of Washington.
http://depts.washington.edu/fishscop/

International Wolf Center
Pages of information about wolves aimed at the general public, children, educators and scientists. A partially annotated bibliography and a glossary of terms used by wolf researchers are quite helpful features of the site as well.
http://www.wolf.org/

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
America's first wildlife experimental station. Research projects include bird population studies, amphibian monitoring, and effects of environmental contaminants.
http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/

SICB Bio Portal
This Web site from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) includes a searchable database of university researchers and educational links to zoology-related Web sites.
http://www.sicb.org

Last Updated: February 26, 2014