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Parnassus Scientiarum : catalogue of the Waller collection of history of science and medicine The 'Parnassus Scientiarum', named after a lost work by Descartes, is the online catalogue of the Waller Collection of History of Science and Medicine. Collected by the Swedish surgeon, Erik Waller, the collection includes letters, manuscripts, printed texts and artefacts. The size of the collection is a feature of its value, as its acquisition immediately doubled the number of volumes in the catalogue of the Uppsala University Library, where it is housed. As an example of a private library, it is considered to be unique, containing around 110,000 items. The database may be searched From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


Seeing is believing : 700 years of scientific and medical illustration, New York public library 'Seeing is Believing' is the website complementing an exhibition of the same name, which took place in 2000 at the New York Public Library, devoted to the illustrations 'essential in spreading new scientific and medical ideas', and also the way in which 'new developments in the sciences were accompanied by corresponding developments in illustrative technique'. The online exhibit takes a detailed and comprehensive look at these techniques, offering information for all levels of research. The layout of the site's main page gives a concise summary of the whole c From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


World lecture hall : philosophy This is the philosophy section of the World Lecture Hall, an internet site based at the University of Texas at Austin, which collects a wide variety of online teaching materials from around the world as posted by academics who volunteer to put their pages on the site. Annotated links to sites containing philosophy syllabi, lecture notes, and course materials for in-class or online courses can all be found. Links to sites are organised by title, date, and by those that provide a syllabus, and those that provide course notes. An advanced search facility is made available. Some of the areas cover From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


Cognitive questions This site hosts a series of papers by Teed Rockwell on issues in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, with replies from philosophers including Richard Rorty (1931- ) and U.T. Place (1924-2000). Notable areas covered include: non-cognitive aspects of mental life; pragmatism; consciousness; mental causation; non-reductive materialism; the modularity of mind; and atomistic ontology and mind. There are also selected archives from the Cognitive Questions mailing list dialogue that spawned the site, links to related papers, and to a chapter-by-chapter summary of Rockwell's book on a non-du From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


Some biogeographers, evolutionists and ecologists: chrono-biographical sketches This web resource offers a comprehensive list of naturalists from 1950 back to the eighteenth century, with a biographical sketch, overview of work and suggestions for further research. It has been set up by Charles H. Smith, Professor of Library Public Services and Science Librarian at Western Kentucky University, to support his websites 'Early Classics in Biogeography, Distribution and Diversity Studies', to which links are available. The list may be searched by name, country or discipline, with the prime focus on biogeography, but including names better known as, for example, bota From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


Edge Edge is a web magazine and e-mail list emanating from the Reality Club, which is a group of self-styled intellectuals concerned with topical issues of scientific, philosophical, and cultural resonance. In particular, the magazine recognises scientists as a part of the intellectual community. There is hence a heavy bias in the magazine towards the sciences, especially the public presentation of advancements and controversies in physics, evolutionary biology, and neurophysiology. The site is at first glance puzzling to navigate, as the purpose of separate sections is not transparent, and parts o From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


George Berkeley (1685 - 1753) This is a list of electronic resources on the life and works of Bishop George Berkeley (1685-1753), compiled by mathematician David Wilkins. There is a selection of both short and long biographies of Berkeley, and links to complete versions of Berkeley's texts, a number of which Wilkins has prepared himself for electronic distribution. There is also a separate section on the Analyst controversy -- Berkeley's attack on the method of mathematical analysis employed by Isaac Newton (1643-1727) and others. The original attack, plus various responses and counter-responses to it are all mad From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


Oxford scholarship online Oxford Scholarship Online is a subscription-based service provided by the Oxford University Press (OUP), making available a large selection OUP books in philosophy, religion, political science, and economics and finance. All users can freely and openly view book and chapter abstracts, plus keywords. Subscribers are able to view the full text. Subscriber services also include printer-friendly formatting, an advanced searching facility, and the ability to link between relevant parts of the text and the bibliography and footnotes. The OUP aims to add at least 200 titles to the collection each yea From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


The simulation argument This is a website created by Nick Bostrom, containing investigations into the possibility that we may all be living in a computer-generated simulation of reality. Bostrom's original scholarly paper putting forward this variation on a classical sceptical scenario is included on this site, as are several more accesible synopses of the argument written for general consumption. Related writings and commentaries on Bostrom's simulation argument are made available, with abstracts. There are also links to sites concerning questions of humankind's evolutionary and technological advancem From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


The daily translation This site gives a new translation task each day, from English into formal logic. Each translation exercise is set in the context of a mock newspaper article, often based on actual past news events. The level of logic required is elementary. An archive of previous translations is made available, and involves one or more possible translations of the sentence plus a brief commentary. Each challenge is presented as a GIF format image. This is part of the University of Northern Colorado Philosophy website, and links to other pages and external sites of interest to philosophy students can be found, From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


The epistemology page Created by prominent epistemologist Keith DeRose (1962- ), this site provides information on and a guide to further resources in epistemology and related areas. For teachers and students, there are recommendations for textbooks, anthologies, and collections of original papers on epistemology, with links through to publishers' websites, where available. There is also a set of links to online courses with syllibi. For the undergraduate in particular, there is an introductory essay by DeRose on epistemology. For the postgraduate, there is a detailed discussion of universities in North Americ From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


NAHSTE (Navigational aids for the history of science, technology and the environment) The Navigational Aids for the History of Science, Technology and the Environment project website is hosted by the University of Edinburgh. The project, which was completed in 2002, set out to make available the outstanding archive and manuscript resources held by Edinburgh, Glasgow and Heriot-Watt Universities. The website is primarily a search facility, offering open access to the online databases of these institutions. The resources it offers are exceptional in their importance to understanding the history of science in Scotland, especially in recording the 'whole range of national and From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


The international association for philosophy and literature This is the homepage for the International Association for Philosophy and Literature (IAPL), an organization established in the mid-1970s to bring together scholars from around the world who are interested in the intersection between philosophy and literature. This Web site informs visitors of works published by the Association, and of previous and forthcoming conferences organized by them. The site includes a directory of graduate programmes in the relevant fields. Also provided are staff and contact details; a photo gallery; and membership information. (Kartina A. Choong) From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


The archaeological application of kernel density estimates This Internet Archaeology article is concerned with the advantages of kernel density estimates (KDEs) for data presentation in archaeology. The authors state that KDEs, although rarely used, offer users a real alternative to histograms since the data can be viewed as either a univariate or bivariate KDE. Although a univariate KDE looks similar to a traditional histogram it allows the user to manipulate the data in order to eradicate any error that the data set may contain. However the second half of this paper looks at bivariate KDE's which although similar show the data in 2D. This allow From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


Sensuous and reflexive GIS: exploring visualisation and VRML This Internet Archaeology article is concerned with both the recent growth of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and where archaeologists both are taking and should be taking this technique in the future. The authors argue that there is a lack of theoretical underpinning with regards to GIS and state that one possible pathway for its development is its use in Virtual Reality Modelling Language (VRML). This paper defines this term and then goes on to investigate its current role with GIS. After doing so it then discusses how VRML and GIS can co-exist in the future together by exploring the From New Humbul Resources on April 19, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..


2006 iAwards winners Winners of the 2006 iAwards, the Australian ICT industry premier annual awards, have been announced. From EdNA Online on April 19, 2006 at 9:30 p.m..


Plant Explorer The site describes the basic biology and human use of plants. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 p.m..


The Parasitic Plant Connection Parasitic plants are found in 19 families containing 277 genera and 4178 species. The site contains photos, taxonomic and systematic information, and molecular data (especially in support of evolutionary relationships) From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 p.m..


Flowering Plant Gateway To quote the site, "Biological classification systems are multi-purpose constructs with 'internal' information content in that they chart patterns of affinity and phyletic relationship. Systematists make every effort to develop and refine these systems to insure that the relationships expressed are as close to evolutionary reality as possible. This function - the depiction of lineage relationships - allows the classification system to provide a structural framework that can be used to predict, extrapolate, and explore along paths of symmetry that reflect relative genetic/genomic affi From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 p.m..


Animation of Replication A shockwave animation of DNA replication. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 p.m..


The International Plant Names Index The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) is a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of all seed plants, ferns and fern allies. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary sources for basic bibliographic information about plant names. The data are freely available and are gradually being standardized and checked. IPNI will be a dynamic resource, depending on direct contributions by all members of the botanical community. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 p.m..


Pascal's Triangle This site contains an introduction and general background information about Pascal’s Triangle. There is also information as to how to construct one. There is a student center and a teachers place for additional information that could help to learn information about other things pertaining to Pascal’s Triangle. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 p.m..


Vascular Plant Image Library - Digital Flora of Texas A searchable data base of images of Texas plants and are available for educational, non-profit use. The database is organized for browsing by family. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 p.m..


American Phytopathological Society Education Center A collection of resources for teaching about plant diseases and includes materials from basic to advanced levels. These materials take the form of lessons, laboratory exercises, an illustrated glossary. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 p.m..


Webaroo - Download The Web to your Laptop Webaroo software sorts online content into "Web Packs", which can be downloaded to a laptop and viewed offline. Do webmasters have a choice about their copyrighted content being used in such a manner? From Read laptop reviews and notebook news at the laptops weblog - Laptopical on April 19, 2006 at 4:30 p.m..


The Writings of Charles Darwin on the Web To quote the site, "The most complete collection of Darwin's work ever published- with original page numbers, illustrations etc. Most Darwin texts on the internet exclude essential bibliographical information such as edition, publisher, place of publication, etc. Page numbers are nowhere to be seen. These factors vastly reduce the usefulness of these texts as they cannot be easily cited. It is impossible to know if one is reading a first or sixth edition. An example are the many online 'first editions' of Darwin's Origin of Species. Often these cannot be correct as the text From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 a.m..


Darwin An overview of the work of Charles Darwin and impact that his discoveries have had on modern biology. It describes the understanding of biology before Darwin's works, the research he performed and the evidence he collected that led him to form his theory of natural selection. It then proceeds describe the advances this theory allows biologists to make. The site includes links of resources and an educator's guide. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 a.m..


Darwin An overview of the work of Charles Darwin and impact that his discoveries have had on modern biology. It describes the understanding of biology before Darwin's works, the research he performed and the evidence he collected that led him to form his theory of natural selection. It then proceeds describe the advances this theory allows biologists to make. The site includes links of resources and an educator's guide. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 a.m..


Children Resemble Their Parents This is the first module in DNA from the Beginning. DNA from the Beginning is an animated tutorial on DNA, genes and heredity. The science behind each concept is explained using animations, an image gallery, video interviews, problems, biographies, and links. This module introduces Mendel and his peas and shows how he did his crosses. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 a.m..


Le Cyberschoolbus des Nations Unies Un projet global d'enseignement des Nations Unies destiné aux jeunes en plusieurs langues, y compris le français. Dossiers pédagogiques. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 a.m..


Virtual Cell To Quote the site: "Simulation of a single plant cell. In real life it would be very difficult to isolate it like this. But then, this is a virtual cell. As you look around this cell things should look real, however they are models that are only an approximation of the real things. And since we do not want to deceive you, but teach you, we included real electron micrographs. Look at them and keep in touch with reality." The site allows you to explore the cell membrane, chloroplast, thylakoid, mitochondrion, crista and nucleus of a plant cell. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 a.m..


The Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology The Dictionary of Cell Biology was first published in 1989, and has since been translated into several languages. It is intended to provide quick access to easily-understood and cross-referenced definitions of terms frequently encountered in reading the modern biology literature. This server contains the text of the Third edition, published in Late 1999. There were 5450 entries and 5772 cross-references in the second edition, and 7072 entries and 7168 cross-references in the third (this) edition. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 a.m..


Inside a Cell A simple interactive diagram of a cell with nucleus, rough and smooth endoplasmic reticulum, golgi bodies, mitochondria, cytoplasm and cell membrane. Clicking on a part reveals a description of the function of the organelle. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 a.m..


About Darwin A site dedicated to documenting the life and discoveries of Charles Darwin. It includes chronologies of Darwin's work, documents his publication, and describes his family life. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 a.m..


Bologna Process The Bologna Process involves forty-five European countries undertaking a series of reforms in order to achieve greater consistency and portability across their higher education systems. Australian Education International has collated information on the Bologna Process including the paper, 'The Bologna Process and Australia: Next Steps', released by the Minister for Education, Science and Training, on 4 April 2006; as well as a host of useful background materials, including historical declarations and communiqu�s, relevant stocktaking reports and useful links. From EdNA Online on April 19, 2006 at 6:30 a.m..


UK Patent Office launches new Mediation Service The UK Patent Office has launched a new Mediation Service in an attempt to settle IPR disputes without expensive court proceedings: If both sides agree to mediation, the mediator will meet with each side, separately and together, to discuss the issues involved. When the main issues are identified it is then hoped that the dispute can be settled. There are no fixed results in mediation and both sides must agree on what the solution is to be. It is worth remembering that the m From StuartYeates's blog on April 19, 2006 at 5:30 a.m..


Clever Networks The Clever Networks program, part of the $1.1 billion Connect Australia package, has funding of $113 million to support development and roll-out of new broadband infrastructure, networks and innovative applications to improve the delivery of health, education and other essential services in regional, rural and remote areas. From EdNA Online on April 19, 2006 at 5:30 a.m..


Broadband Connect Broadband Connect will provide opportunities to deliver sustainable broadband solutions, room for innovation, and scope to explore the growing range of new and existing broadband technologies. From EdNA Online on April 19, 2006 at 5:30 a.m..


Innovate - Journal of Online Education April/May 2006 Volume 2, Issue 4 (requires free registration) Innovate is a bimonthly, peer-reviewed online periodical published by the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University. The journal focuses on the creative use of information technology (IT) to enhance educational processes in academic, commercial, and governmental settings. In this issue: A New Way of Thinking About Technology: An Interview with Futurists Joel Barker and Scott Erickson. James L. Morrison, Joel Barker, and Scott Erickson; MMOGs as Learning Environments: An Ecological Journey into Quest Atlantis and The Sims Online From EdNA Online on April 19, 2006 at 3:59 a.m..


EdNA Workshops Begin in May 2006 There will be two types of workshops offered in each State/Territory: Connecting You with EdNA - Efficient ways to discover and use higher education content from EdNA for teaching, learning and research; and Collaborative Tools workshops for EdNA Groups and Lists. See the site for a list of the workshops and a booking form where you can register for individual workshops. Our experience in the past has been that most workshops fill quickly. EdNA's 2006 Workshops are free and are provided as part of the EdNA Online Project. For further information contact Nelly Ivanova at nivanova@education From EdNA Online on April 19, 2006 at 3:59 a.m..


Explore Your Earth Lesson plans using Google Earth to examine climate change and Earth Day Commitment are provided on the Explore Your Earth site, an education program that features interactive, US standards-based lessons that build skills in geography, science, research, and language arts. From Recent Items on April 19, 2006 at 1:30 a.m..


Discussion Paper on VSU Transition The purpose of the Voluntary Student Unionism Transition Fund for Sporting and Recreational Facilities is to assist universities with the construction and maintenance of infrastructure for sporting and recreational facilities to support implementation of voluntary student unionism (VSU). The VSU Transition Fund Discussion Paper seeks views from universities, relevant organisations within them and the communities within which they are located, on several aspects of the programme including eligibility criteria within the priorities outlined in the paper. Responses to the discussion paper should From EdNA Online on April 18, 2006 at 11:30 p.m..


Way Forward: The Importance of VET to Australian Women in Poverty This report explores the significance and value of adult education for women living in low socioeconomic circumstances. The report has particular reference to women of refugee or migrant status, lone mothers and those experiencing inter-generational poverty. From EdNA Online on April 18, 2006 at 11:30 p.m..


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