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Earth Day, April 22, 2016

“April 22, 2016, marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day ― a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Organizers started Earth Day in response to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day ― and Earth Week (April 18-22) ― this edition of Profile America Facts for Features includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment.”–From the website.

Reading Weather Maps

“Weather forecasts, … , provide critical information to many people, including farmers, construction workers, and those planning a trip to the beach. In severe weather situations, short-term forecasts and warnings can help save lives and protect property. But how does one take the wealth of weather information that is available and make a prediction from it?

In the sections that follow, we examine features to look for on weather maps to make a forecasts, general methods of preparing a forecast, and more specific tips for specific scenarios.”–From the website.

Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree

“For more than a decade, the program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free. “–From the website.

Thanks to Earnest Shinault at Gaston Park Library for this posting.

The Internet Bird Collection

The Internet Bird Collection (IBC) is a non-profit endeavour with the ultimate goal of disseminating knowledge about the world’s avifauna. It is an on-line audiovisual library of the world’s birds that is available to the general public free of charge. While the initial aim is to post at least one video or photo per species, the long-term objective is to eventually include material showing a variety of biological aspects (e.g. feeding, breeding, etc.) for every species.“–From the website.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein

Princeton University Press proudly presents The Digital Einstein Papers, an open-access site for The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, the ongoing publication of Einstein’s massive written legacy comprising more than 30,000 unique documents.

The site presents all 13 volumes published to date by the editors of the Einstein Papers Project, covering the writings and correspondence of Albert Einstein (1879-1955) from his youth to 1923.

The volumes are presented in the original language version with in-depth English language annotation and other scholarly apparatus. In addition, the reader can toggle to an English language translation of most documents.

By clicking on the unique archival identifier number below each text, readers can access the archival record of each published document at the Einstein Archives Online and in some cases, the digitized manuscript. Approximately 7,000 pages representing 2,900 unique documents have been digitized thus far.

The site will present subsequent volumes in the series roughly two years after original book publication.–From the website.

WIN : Weight-control Information Network

The Weight-control Information Network (WIN) is an information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Established in 1994, WIN provides the general public, health professionals, and the media with up-to-date, science-based information on obesity, weight control, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.”–From the website.

Reading Weather Maps

The University of Illinois offers information on how to read and understand weather maps.


“AmphibiaWeb is an online system enabling anyone online to search and retrieve information relating to amphibian biology and conservation. This site was inspired by the global declines of amphibians, the study of which has been hindered by the lack of multidisplinary studies and a lack of coordination in monitoring, in field studies, and in lab studies. We hope AmphibiaWeb will encourage a shared vision for the study of global amphibian declines and the conservation of remaining amphibians.”–From the website.

Facts for Features: 2014 Hurricane Season Begins

The North Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30, 2014.  Detailed statistics and information on hurricanes are found here.

Dynamic Periodic Table 

This is an interactive periodic table that includes a search engine.  It is easy to navigate and can provide a quick reference to chemical information as well as provide more in-depth information.

Understanding Evolution

“Understanding Evolution is a non-commercial, education website, teaching the  science and history of evolutionary biology. This site is here to help you  understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how  research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have  changed over time.”–From the website

Public Library of Science

“Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit publisher, membership, and advocacy organization with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.”–From the website.  And, “PLOS applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CCBY) to works we publish. This license was developed to facilitate open access – namely, free immediate access to, and unrestricted reuse of, original works of all types. Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute, or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited. Additionally, the journal platform that PLOS uses to publish research articles is Open Source.”–Also from the website.

U. S. Volcanoes and Activity Alerts

From the U. S. Geologic Survey.  “The Volcano Hazards Program  monitors active and potentially active volcanoes, assesses their  hazards, responds to volcanic crises, and conducts research on how  volcanoes work to fulfill a Congressional mandate (P.L. 93-288)  that the USGS issue “timely warnings” of potential volcanic hazards  to responsible emergency-management authorities and to the populace  affected.”–From the website.


A database of “useful biological numbers,” complete with a search engine and full citations.  If you need to know how many skin cells the human body has or the estimated number of insects on the Earth at a given moment, then this resource has what you need.

The Encyclopedia of Earth

“The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) is an electronic reference about the Earth, its  natural environments, and their interaction with society. The EoE is a free, expert-reviewed collection of content  contributed  by scholars, professionals, educators, practitioners and  other experts who collaborate and review each other’s work. The content  is presented in a style intended to be useful to students, educators,  scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.”–From the website.