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Periodic Table of Videos Friday, 12 September 2008 11:48 am

Posted by Dongmei in chemistry, Internet Resources, videos, Web 2.0.
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I have this email sitting in my “attention” folder (a folder for important emails that I don’t have time to go to right away) for quite some time, yesterday I finally have some time to go to check it out.

It’s about a video series made by a team in Univ of Nottingham, UK and directed by BBC video journalist Brady Haran.  They are quite cool.  They are small video clips illustrating each of the 118 elements.  Besides the usual fact about each element (such as atomic number), each video has interesting stories behind each element and experiments to showcase its physical and chemical properties.

If you haven’t checked out these, maybe you should.  It would be helpful for an introductory chemistry course.

The videos are available at this web site:http://www.periodicvideos.com/, also available on YouTube (www.youtube.com/periodicvideos).

Connotea: a free online reference management tool for scientists/clinicians Monday, 16 July 2007 9:30 am

Posted by Dongmei in bibliographic management, reference management, science, Web 2.0.
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This tool (http://www.connotea.org/) aims for clinicians and scientists, but really, anybody can use it.

What you can do:
* Quickly save and organize links to your references
* Easily share references with your colleagues
* References can be accessed from any computer
* Save references with just one click
* Easy to use. Nothing to download and nothing to learn. You can start creating your library today
* Discover new leads
* No cutting and pasting. Save references as you work without having to switch programs
* References can be exported to, or imported from, desktop reference managers
* References can be public, private, or shared with a selected group of colleagues
* No storage limit
* Save links to anything you find on the web

Check it out and see if you like it.

social networking in plain English (video) Saturday, 14 July 2007 11:22 am

Posted by Dongmei in social networking, training, tutorials, Web 2.0.
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Huh! You guessed right, another great show from The Common Craft Show, this time teaches you what is social networking in simple English (now you know why social networking web sites are so popular and all that buzz!).

[blip.tv ?posts_id=287531&dest=-1]

RSS in Plain English (Video) Friday, 13 July 2007 4:25 pm

Posted by Dongmei in RSS, training, tutorials, Web 2.0.
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For those that want to save time, yet don’t know where to start.  For those that don’t know the power of RSS yet. This video from Common Craft Show explains it well and in simple English.

[blip.tv ?posts_id=209879&dest=-1]

Google adds tagging Monday, 11 June 2007 1:00 pm

Posted by Dongmei in tagging, Web 2.0, What's new at Google?!.
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Google has added a Bookmarks feature to My Search History, enabling you to quickly tag and comment any web page you’ve visited.

To bookmark a page, just visit it through Google Search, get to it in your Search History, and click the star icon.  Then click “edit” and type in any tags under the “Labels” heading. You can even add some notes in the box underneath that.  Once you’ve saved a bunch of sites, you can view them by clicking the Bookmarks heading in the left sidebar. You can show multiple tags at once by clicking all of their check boxes. You can also view your tag “homepage” on your Google Personalized homepage.

You can bookmark pages easily by drag this bookmarklet to the Links area of your browser: Google Bookmark.

Imagine Google in the future opens this up, letting users share their bookmarks and see bookmarking data in searches, we could see something very useful and popular (social bookmarking + Google search= ?).

(read more from Inside Google).