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2011-08-07 06:50:00

SPORE Award-winning projects are useful online resources for biology By Ellen Ferrante, NSF For students seeking information in the biological sciences, two award-winning online resources hold many answers--direct from biologists and scientists in the field. The Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) was awarded to PlantingScience in March 2011 and Ask a Biologist in November 2010 for their contributions as innovative tools for science education. Through PlantingScience,...

2010-10-29 10:40:00

TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- "You've just entered another dimension - a dimension of insects, a micro dimension, where milkweed bugs, assassin bugs, crickets and fruit flies crawl, walk or fly side by side to show off features that are the envy of the insect world and quite possibly beyond." This isn't the opening narration of the late 1950s television series "The Twilight Zone," but the introduction of a video announcing the 2010 Ugly Bug Contest. Last year's Ugly Bug Contest...

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2010-10-14 10:55:00

Science portal offers human touch along with cutting-edge biology The Arizona State University online children's science portal, "Ask A Biologist," provides the backdrop for an editor's pick in the Oct. 12 online edition of Public Library of Science (PLoS). In the article "Ask A Biologist: Bringing Science to the Public," ASU's Charles Kazilek, the creative force behind the popular site (with a million or more visitors each year), points to the power of providing science education in a format...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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