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March 15, 2009 (Vol. 29, No. 6)

Science Bulletins

  • Excellent production, very informative
  • Mixture of deep and shallow content
The American Museum of Natural History has, as one might expect, an attractive site, with many visually pleasing pages on general topics in natural history. It was a pleasant surprise, though, to discover that, in addition to general information on things like volcanoes, astronomy, and tsunamis, the Science Bulletins section of the site has helpful coverage of biology and molecular biology that is not strictly aimed at general audiences. Probably the most interesting article at press time, in this regard, concerns a surprising discovery that survivors of the 1918 flu epidemic are still able to mount an immune defense against the virus that caused it. Previously, it was thought that immunity might give out much earlier. Other segments covered stem cells, cloning for conservation, and nicely produced videos on topics spanning all of biology. A pleasant but welcome surprise.
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