Chemistry Mavens: Get Your Interactive Periodic Table Here!

The Dynamic Periodic Chart at ptable.com may be very helpful to those engaged in Chemistry classes of various levels. When you log in you see a standard periodic table:

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You may also parse the chart in various ways by checking/unchecking these boxes:

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When you click on a particular element a popup takes you to a Wikipedia entry about the element:

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You may also use these tabs to change the type of information that is available to you:

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For example, if you choose Orbitals and click on Arsenic (As) then you see this information:

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Honestly I can tell you little about what that means, but there it is! Maybe I need to go back to Chemistry class myself!

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

http://oxfordre.com/

If you are researching an unfamiliar topic and seek peer-reviewed material, the Oxford Research Encyclopedias may be a good resource.  From the site:

“The OREs offer long-form overview articles written and edited by leading scholars and researchers, addressing both foundational and cutting-edge topics across the major disciplines. Oxford University Press is developing this program in response to a growing need for reliable information to be used at the start of serious research on an unfamiliar topic.

Designed to inform academic research at all levels, the Oxford Research Encyclopedias will be a constantly growing and evolving reference source. Each subject goes beyond the basic facts to contextualize topics within existing scholarship and help pave the way to deeper engagement and inquiry.”

Several different subject areas are covered, from African History to Religion, and from the link above you search the topic on the right hand side of the site.  Once you choose a link you are directed to an entire site dedicated in great detail to the topic.  One drawback to the site is that some of the information may only be accessed via subscription, though there is some free content as well.

Climate Change Indicators in the United States

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-08/documents/climate_indicators_2016.pdf

The Environmental Protection Agency has put out a report detailing the effects of climate change on the nation. “Climate Change Indicators in the United States” “partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change”, from the site. Previous editions of the report can be found here.

The report includes greenhouse gases, ocean temperature changes, weather anomalies, snow and ice melt, health effects, and ecosystem effects. Number of cases of lyme’s disease and west nile virus in the U.S. are also included. There is no index in the back of the book, but the table of contents is very inclusive.

Infotopia

http://www.infotopia.info/

From the site, “Infotopia is an academic search engine designed for “students, teachers, and especially homeschoolers.” Created by Dr. Michael Bell (former chair of the Texas Association of School Librarians) and Carole Bell (former middle school librarian and director of libraries), Infotopia uses a Google custom search to provide access to previously vetted websites selected by librarians, teachers, and educational professionals.” Infotopia provides tabs to different subject areas. These include: Arts, Biography, Games, Health, History, Images, Languages, Literature, Math, News, Reference, Sci/Tech, and Social Sciences. Under each tab, a topic can be selected from different websites, besides the Google-like search that can be done. Citation sources and search tips are also shown on the site.

Collections Search Center – Smithsonian Institution

http://collections.si.edu/search/

The Collections Search Center from the Smithsonian Institution allows a “search over 9.3 million records of museum objects, archives and library materials including more than 1.4 million online media files” (from the site). A Google-like search allows for a perusal of what is in the collections by keyword. Or, the Browse by Category button shows the Art & Design, History & Culture, and Science & Technology collections. A search can also be done for the items on exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution Museums.

3D Virtual Fossil Collection

http://www.3d-fossils.ac.uk/home.html

This website, from the British Geological Survey, provides the first link to 3D images of fossils. From the site, “the pictures link to photographs (including ‘anaglyph’ stereo pairs) and a selection of 3D digital models. Just type the fossil you are looking for in the search box. The full details of the fossil results provide the taxonomy group the fossil belongs to. The 3D images come up under view scanner. The three choices to bring them up include by web browsers, by zipped .ply file, and by zipped .obj file.

Science Daily

sciencedaily.com

Science Daily provides breaking news about scientific discoveries and science issues. Over 65,000 research articles, 15,000 images, 2,500 encyclopedia entries, 1,500 book reviews, and hundreds of educational videos are generated on the site. The story, along with its source is listed. General science, health, biomedical sciences, biological sciences, earth sciences, physical sciences, and applied sciences stories are all listed.