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banana_slug_thumbThe Encyclopedia of Life has an ambitious mission statement to increase awareness and understanding of living nature through a resource that gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource. They remain committed to bringing you information on all organisms, as they say “Our knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth – of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria – is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere. Imagine what it would mean if this information could be gathered together and made available to everyone – anywhere – at a moment’s notice.”

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Brian-Cox-in-Wonders-of-t-007The first in a new much-hyped BBC series presented by Professor Brian Cox, Wonders of Life starts by asking, What is life? Cox uses his natural enthusiasm to communicate the complexities of such a question. This programme achieves that rare balancing act of being both entertaining and educational. The layperson and the science undergraduate will find much to applaud in this series.

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arkive_syneducationARKive – the ultimate multimedia guide to the world’s endangered species. Includes endangered species videos, photos, facts & education resources.
With the help of the world’s best wildlife filmmakers and photographers, conservationists and scientists, Arkive are creating an awe-inspiring record of life on Earth.

Freely accessible to everyone and preserved for the benefit of future generations, ARKive is a truly invaluable resource for conservation, education and public awareness.

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Scientists have published the most detailed analysis to date of the human genome. They’ve discovered a far larger chunk of our genetic code is biologically active than previously thought. The researchers hope the findings will lead to a deeper understanding of numerous diseases, which could lead to better treatments. The BBC have provided a link to the 30 open-access papers that outline the researchers’ work. Nature magazine also provides a link to the function and findings of ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements).

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Learn.Genetics delivers educational materials on genetics, bioscience and health topics. They are designed to be used by students, teachers and members of the public. The materials meet selected US education standards for science and health. Learn.Genetics website is one of the most widely-disseminated education sites in the world. It is an activity-rich approach to science.

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Demo version of the new Map of Life resource which brings together information about species distribution using a Google Maps-based website.

Specifically you are able to:

  1. Display expert range maps, point occurrence records, records from study areas such as reserves and larger regions. These are shown as layers on maps, and a layer control widget allows you to adjust ordering, visibility, etc .
  2. Retrieve a list of species for the vicinity of any location worldwide using the species list tool. Simply set search radius and group of interest, and right click (control-click on Macs) your mouse button on a point of the map.

This Beta version is the first stage in the Map of Life project. For more information see the project team’s article in Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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Learn.Genetics delivers educational materials on genetics, bioscience and health topics. They are designed to be used by students, teachers and members of the public. The materials meet selected US education standards for science and health. Learn.Genetics website is one of the most widely-disseminated education sites in the world. It is an activity-rich approach to science.

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