TopLinks: Science and Technology

About the Human Genome Project
This site offers a comprehensive look at the Human Genome Project, with sections on the project, news, basic information, medicine and new genetics, ethical and legal issues, research in progress, and publications.

American Society of Primatologists
The American Society of Primatologists is a scientific and educational organization. The Web site offers information on current primate research and conservation efforts as well as helpful external links.

Atomic Central
This site includes a collection of material on the development and use of the atomic bomb as well as the effects on society of the bomb's existence. Sponsored by Visual Concept Entertainment, a film production company that has produced several documentaries.

Atul Gawande's web site
Surgeon and writer Atul Gawande’s site features links to many of his articles, as well as to other articles of note on medical issues.

Berkman Center for Internet and Society
The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University is a network of scholars studying the development of the legal and societal issues surrounding the Internet, "including governance, privacy, intellectual property, antitrust, content control, and electronic commerce." The site offers links to the center’s research publications, collaborators on the Web, and downloadable video lectures.
Devoted to keeping "values connected to progress," allows you to search current and past issues for articles on genetics, cloning, bioethics and Hollywood, and many more aspects of bioethics.

Center for Democracy and Technology
This organization is concerned with democracy and liberty in the digital age, particularly with free speech and privacy in communication technology.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC conducts public health research and investigations to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats. This site contains podcasts, publications, statistical data, and up-to-date articles. Use the site's search engine to refine your search on a particular disease or condition.

Cloning and Genetic Modification Basics
The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals offers a brief primer on cloning and genetic modification at this link, which includes useful definitions and diagrams. Also available at this link is a transcript of a debate on genetic engineering.

Computer History Museum
This comprehensive source of information on computer history is most notable for its thorough timeline that contextualizes events in computer history within larger cultural shifts.

From the London School of Economics, Darwin@LSE "explores recent developments in evolutionary thinking, in particular what evolutionary theory can tell us about human nature - understanding our bodies, brains, minds, behaviour and aspects of culture as the products of adaptations evolved by natural selection."

Discovery Institute: Center for Science and Culture
The Discovery Institute is a "nonpartisan policy and research organization" based in Seattle, Washington. Its Center for Science & Culture Web page contains numerous articles and frequently asked questions regarding the development of the "scientific theory known as intelligent design."

Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working in the public interest to protect fundamental civil liberties, including privacy and freedom of expression, in the arena of computers and the Internet. Click here to learn about how the EFF works to protect essential civil liberties, represent the interest of “Netizens,” and build an Internet community; and to read news articles about censorship and free speech on the Internet.

International Society for Stem Cell Research
The ISSSCR is an independent, nonprofit organization established to promote and foster the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas relating to stem cells.

Learn about NASA's history, scientific and technological advances, and plans for the future. This site also features many educational tools for those interested in astronomy and earth and space sciences.

National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences advises the nation on science, engineering, and medicine with its engagement in research and investigation. Its site provides the most recent edition of the academy’s climate change booklet.

National Institutes of Health
Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health Web site records and promotes research that will help improve the nation’s health.

National Science Foundation
The NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense.” This site features links on research, discoveries, statistics, and recent publications.
This is a searchable site for science-related news, hot topics, conferences, letters, and more. It also includes an extensive list of relevant links.

NIH Stem Cell Information
The NIH is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Visitors to this section of the NIH site can learn basic information about, research the ethics of, and read current headlines about stem cell research.

Nuclear Energy Institute
The NEI advocates the use of nuclear energy as an alternative to fossil fuel. The site has information on new plants, safety, security, and nuclear waste disposal.

Scientific American
The Web site for Scientific American offers various articles, podcasts, and blogs on science and technology. Visitors can browse by subject and highlights such as nanotechnology, health, environment, and astronomy. The site also features an internal search engine and free previews of articles.

Seeing, Hearing, and Smelling the World
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute publishes a range of biomedical research reports for general readers. Click on this page to read about how the brain processes messages from the environment and how we use the five senses.
This site collects news about space flight, exploration, and astronomy. You can check the three-day weather report for solar flares and other phenomena visible from Earth. The site features “Virtual Space Tours” with interactive profiles of the planets, comets, and asteroids.

The Particle Adventure
This site offers "an interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors." An excellent site for anyone seeking an introduction to particle theory.

The Planetary Society
The Planetary Society is a nonprofit organization that encourages public support of space exploration through education and outreach. Its Web site offers various blogs and articles about the latest space exploration and astronomy news.

The White House on Technology
The Obama administration presents its positions on technology, alongside related blog posts.

Union of Concerned Scientists
The Union of Concerned Scientists provides information about its dedication to protecting the integrity of science.