Cells For Life
The Cells Alive Web site has received several awards for its clear explanation of cellular activity and animated graphics which accompany it. The content revolves about immune systems.
The Virtual Cell is not so dazzling as Cells Alive; the content, though, is extensive and interactive.
The Biology site at the University of Arizona is intended for students in grades 7-12. It displays up-to-date graphics and activities for the study of cells, including immunology. Many of the exemplars illustrates the development of HIV.
RasMol & Chime, molecular visualization freeware (free software), provides 3D visualization models of proteins and acids, helpful for grasping the concepts in several of the above sites.
Biology in Motion,developed by an inspiring teacher, uses the Web's animation capacities to illustrate such phenomenon as evolution, the cardiovascular system, and cell division. There are also free links to other topics and games. A dash of humor is present, too.
Using an Atomic Force Microscope, physicists and biologists at Bristol University can now "see" how locusts and moths use their hearing systems to detect very faint vibrations. Images the atomic scale.
Scientists in England developed a technique for converting stem cells into the lining of lungs. For now it will apply to respiratory distress.
Fungus is a fun focus for younger scientists. The technique is a role-playing simulation of the lifecycle of the fungus for a full class.
The University of Arizona has also developed a site which illustrates evolution thoroughly and engagingly, Becoming Human.
Centre of the Cell is a science education center hosted by Queen Mary University of London. It is the first science education center in the world to be located within working biomedical research laboratories.
Their web site includes an extensive on-line "Learn & Play" section, with games, lesson plans, and topics such as ethics and patient journeys.
Perhaps because "inside" environments are not as readily accessible in the real world as it is in the virtual world these sites have been noticed in the telecommunications world.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Directory of Science and Technology Centers Around the World
• Education Resources
• Fun & Games
• Genetics, Genomes, DNA & Stem Cell Research
• Maps and Globes
• Music Creation
• Safe Web Searching
• Simulation & Modeling Tools
• University and Non-Profit Research Resources
• Virtual High School