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Nov 15, 2005 (Vol. 25, No. 20)

Nature Online

  • High overall quality
  • Some areas not for scientists
No, this is not a review of the Nature Publishing Group website, but rather a surprisingly informative site from Britain's Natural History Museum. Like other natural history sites, Nature Online has some of the low–level information collections aimed at non–scientists, but are very well done. Better yet, there is a lot of material here for scientists to enjoy too. My favorite was the Protist Video page, where one can (gulp) view over 1500 videos of Protists. OK, these aren't the Rockettes in action, but I am amazed at the number of easily downloadable high quality videos of these little creatures doing their thing there are. Definitely worth a look–see, for scientists and non–scientists alike.
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