Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code: Timeline of the Human Genome: In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick contributed to decades of genomic research when they concluded that the DNA molecule exists in the form of a double-helix. 60 years after this discovery, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) set out to highlight and commemorate the past, present, and future importance of genomics. As one component of an extensive exhibit, the Timeline of the Human Genome takes readers through this fascinating history, from 1865 when Gregor Mendel presented his research on plant hybridization to the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. Events on the timeline are accompanied by brief descriptions and many provide glossary links to key terms, such as “genomics,” “protein,” and “DNA.”
GotScience.org: Founded in 2008 by the nonprofit organization Science Connected, GotScience.org is a free, digital magazine dedicated to making recent scientific research available – and accessible – to members of the general public. Edited and authored by a diverse group of journalists, freelance writers, and photographers, GotScience.org summarizes and analyzes recent research studies and news events so that individuals understand the significance and limitations of these new studies. Each article includes links to original peer-reviewed journal studies. Visitors can search for articles by subject tags, including Astronomy, Engineering, Environment, and Health. Recent articles highlight research on solar energy, the effects of sunlight on sleep, and the impact of global climate change on the Totten Glacier in Antarctica. In addition to research summaries, GotScience.org also features interviews and book reviews. Educators can sign up for a free GotScience.org Discussion Guide.
The Reflection of Technology in Brewing: Curious about how the practice and attitudes around beer brewing have changed throughout U.S. history? If so, you’ll want to check out The Reflection of Technology in Brewing, an online exhibit curated by Meg Morrissey at the University of Michigan Library. Here, readers can learn about American beer brewing, including home brewing during the colonial era; the growth of commercial brewing as a result of Industrial Revolution innovations; beer marketing following the repeal of Prohibition; and the recent resurgence of home brewing. Readers will find a variety of primary documents that illuminate the ever-shifting role of beer and brewing in the United States. Readers may browse eighteenth century home brewing manuals or read parts of F.W. Salem’s 1880 treatise, Beer, its History and its Economic Value as a National Beverage , in which Salem, responding to the growing temperance movement, argues that beer was a preferable alternative to hard liquor.
Visual Cinnamon: Nadieh Bremer has a degree in Astronomy and worked as a consultant, where she used Machine Learning to gain insight about data. She realized that she wanted to use these skills to create interactive visuals and became “a self taught Data Visualization designer.” On her website, Visual Cinnamon, visitors can explore Bremer’s collection of captivating interactive visuals illuminating a wide variety of scientific and social scientific data. Bremer’s background in astronomy is showcased in her projects on the solar system and exoplanets, which help visitors visualize the relative size of these planets. Another project graphs U.S. employment data, allowing visitors to explore the relative number of people employed in a variety of fields in 2014 while also examining age demographics within each field. Visual Cinnamon has plenty to offer for visitors who want to browse Bremer’s work and learn interesting facts in the process. For those looking to learn more about the craft of Data Visualization, there are Data Visualization tutorials and tips in the Blog and Resources sections.