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best sellers in biology Friday, 23 April 2010 10:53 am

Posted by Dongmei in biology, collection development.
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From Aug 2009 to date, as identified by YBP Lib Services.

The top five are (For the whole list of 20 titles, check out this LJ article):

1) The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
Dawkins, Richard
Free Press
2009. ISBN 1416594787 [9781416594789]. $30

2) Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct and Science
Yoon, Carol Kaesuk
W.W. Norton
2009. ISBN 0393061973 [9780393061970]. $27.95

3) The Princeton Guide to Ecology
Levin, Simon A.
Princeton University Press
2009. ISBN 0691128391 [9780691128399]. $95

4) How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells
Wolpert, Lewis
W.W. Norton
2009. ISBN 0393072215 [9780393072211]. $24.95

5) Critical Transitions in Nature and Society
Scheffer, Marten
Princeton University Press
2009. ISBN 0691122032 [9780691122038]. $99.50


Charles Darwin’s private papers go online Monday, 21 April 2008 8:22 am

Posted by Dongmei in biology, history of science, Internet Resources, science related news.
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“For decades available only to scholars at Cambridge University Library, the private papers of Charles Darwin, one of the most influential scientists in history, can now be seen by anyone online and free of charge. This is the largest ever publication of Darwin papers and manuscripts, totalling about 20,000 items in nearly 90,000 electronic images.

This vast and varied collection of papers includes the first draft of his theory of evolution, notes from the voyage of the Beagle and Emma Darwin’s recipe book.”

Read more about the launch here.

You can browse, search or scan through highlights of the collection on Darwin Online:
1. Browse through whole volumes
. Click here.
Search the catalogue for specific items. Click here.
3. Highlights and typed items. Click here.

Database of Native Plants from UT-Austin Friday, 28 September 2007 3:19 pm

Posted by Dongmei in biology, botany, databases, Internet Resources.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, at the University of Texas at Austin, has a database of native plants (http://www.wildflower.org/plants/) with some really nice searching options.

You can do the basic searching by name or family (the search function suggests names as you type), there’s also a great search that allows you to search by state, light requirements, soil moisture, duration, bloom characteristics, and color.  Results are presented in a table that includes the scientific and common name of the plants as well as images of the plants.

You may also want to check out the other links from the front page of the Native Plants Database, like the collection of how-to articles, the glossary of botanical terms, and the slide show of popular regional wildflowers.  I’m sure that you’ll find this database is quite useful.

via ResearchBuzz

Authoritative version of Wikipedia for biology: Encyclopedia of Life Friday, 13 July 2007 4:13 pm

Posted by Dongmei in biology, Internet Resources, open access, wikis.
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If the $50 million biodiversity effort launched May 9 goes as hoped, the Encyclopedia of Life could eventually be an authoritative version of Wikipedia for biology fans.

Potential applications range from planning natural conservation in suburban subdivisions, to mapping coral reefs in the Pacific, to identifying that odd butterfly perched by your window. Led in part by Chicago philanthropists and researchers, the project aims to create a free internet resource to catalog and describe every one of the planet’s 1.8 million species.

After a few years, as a head of a reference works publisher pointed out: “when the site gains enough content mass, there won’t be much need for libraries to purchase traditional animal life encyclopedias.” He also pointed out that “the trend toward free, scholarly Internt reference sources–the kind not as easily dismissed from a validity standpoint as Wikipedia–will continue”.

Neuroscience Gateway Friday, 13 July 2007 4:13 pm

Posted by Dongmei in biology, genomics, health sciences, Internet Resources, neuroscience.
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The Neuroscience Gateway is a free, online resource that reviews the latest research and techniques in neuroscience and genomics. Updated weekly, the Neuroscience Gateway helps you and your students keep up-to-date with the latest primary research with easy-to-digest summaries and links to current news and events.

Sign up today for weekly email updates from the Neuroscience Gateway, brought to you by Nature and the Allen Institute for Brain Science, makers of the Allen Brain Atlas. You can also add their feed (http://www.brainatlas.org/aba/rss.rdf) to your RSS reader.