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John Hopkins University: Signals Systems Control

The demonstrations given on this Web site are a collection of Java applets and RealAudio clips that explain many underlying concepts of math and engineering. They were developed at John Hopkins University for a project that attempts to use the technology of the World Wide Web in engineering education. Students, under the supervision of electrical and computer engineering professor Dr. Rugh, have...
The International Boiling Point Project

Between September 13 and December 10, 1999, the Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey invites students and adults from all over the world to participate in The International Boiling Point Project. "The purpose of this project is to discover which factor in the experiment (room temperature, elevation, volume of...
Resilience, Sustainability, and Environmentalism

Several new resources are now available from the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security Website. This resource, a six-page paper by Sharachchandra Lele and presented by, addresses resiliency in ecological and socioeconomic systems, and the relationship between resilience and sustainability.
Physics and Society Newsletter

The July issue of the American Physical Society's e-newsletter is out (HTML). Articles include one on fission and fusion and also a diversion from the norm: a commentary on the creationist movement.
Atomic Orbitals

The Atomic Orbitals Web site "was established as part of an (ongoing) project at Purdue University to develop 'visualization modules' for general chemistry students." Using the Chime plug-in, which allows unique and stunning visualizations, visitors can learn what an atomic orbital is; what the 1s, 2s, 3s, 2p, 3p, and 3d orbitals are; what hybrid orbitals are; and more. The combination of...
The Physics of Baseball

The Physics of Baseball is an extensive resource created and maintained by Alan M. Nathan, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This long-running site catalogs Nathan's own teaching and research on "the physics of the baseball-bat collision and the flight of the baseball" and also "attempts to provide links to much of the high-quality work done over the...
CalTech Chemical Engineering: Fluid Mechanics

This website describes a research project focused on fluid mechanics and transport processes, with an emphasis on "problems at the interface between continuum mechanics and statistical mechanics." The John F. Brady research group uses its own computational method known as Stokesian Dynamics to study complex fluids, and develop and solve macroscopic equations to describe transport in heterogeneous...
Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS)

Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) "is a high-intensity high-energy X-ray source" for research in many scientific fields including materials science, physics, and chemistry. Researchers can learn about how they can join the six to seven hundred scientists who visit CHESS each year to collect data. The website features the Nobel Prize winner and CHESS user Rod MacKinnon's research in...
Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation: Periodic Table

This interactive periodic table created by the Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation provides x-ray properties for the elements. For each element, users can find data on its chemical properties, edge energies, edge jumps, and fluorescence yield. By adding an energy value, users can receive x-ray cross-sections at that energy, which includes photoelectric, coherent, and...
University of Utah: A New Step in Spintronics "Organic Spin Valves" Shown as feasible for New Electronic Devices

This news release from the University of Utah discusses the physics department's discovery of "a new generation of faster, cheaper computers and electronics by building the first 'organic spin valves.'" The physicists, who recently published their findings in _Nature_, developed semiconductors made of organic material that operate similar to switch valves to direct the flow of electrical current....