Alvin’s Animals: Alvin’s Animals is just another fabulous scientific offering from the talented people at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The “Alvin” in question is one of its deep sea exploration vehicles and this collection offers up high-quality engaging images of the various benthic-dwelling creatures it has found during its travels. Here, visitors can look over these items by topical heading such as “Benthic Life,” “Sharks & Other Fish,” and “Underwater Vehicles.” Clicking on one of these headings brings up dozens of images, organized by date. Each image contains detailed bibliographic information, and in some cases, short essays that provide additional context.
National Academies of Science: Literacy for Science What will the future of science literacy look like? That’s the subject of this study based on a panel of experts convened by the National Academies’ Board on Science Education. Brought together for a workshop held in February 2014, these scholars looked at how Common Core education standards work to achieve various federal school guidelines as well as the areas where the standards may intersect between subjects and disciplines. This 80-page document summarizes the findings from this workshop and includes a detailed appendix and list of additional resources. Policy makers and other education analysts will find much to ponder here.
Nature.com blogs: This site brings together all of the blogs for the Nature Publishing Group, including discussions on public health, genetics, chemistry, and other interesting topics. First-time visitors can glance over recent meditations from British physicians on new and improved surgical operations and the Higgs-Boson particle. Visitors can read through one or all of the fifteen blogs or scroll down to the New Comments and Popular areas. In this last section, visitors can get a sense of the Most Read, Most Shared, and Most Commented items by other readers.
PLOS Blogs Network: The Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a wonderful project that brings high-quality scientific research to anyone with an Internet connection. On this site, visitors can explore three different drop-down menus: Staff Blogs, Blogs Network, and Community. Staff Blogs offers readers a variety of chatty and interesting internal blogs, such as PLOS Biologue, along with several dozen independent blogs, such as Mind the Brain. Next up, in Blogs Network, readers will find a plethora of blogs written or commissioned by members of the PLOS Journals editorial staff with topics ranging from DNA science to paleontology. There’s a little bit of everything here, and savvy visitors might opt for helpful word tags to focus in on posts of note.