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The Nieman Foundation designed the site to be a one-stop source of guidance and best practices for media professionals on the flu beat. For example: Want to know why flu tends to strike in winter? The answer is here.

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The Pulitzer Center created "The Heat of the Moment" site to highlight in-depth reporting produced by Daniel Grossman in partnership with WBUR.

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The academies were created by the federal government to act as advisers on science and technological matters, but they are privately run. They are funded by federal agencies through individual contracts and grants.

Project reports can be found at this search engine. The academies comprise four entities:

National Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Engineering

Institute of Medicine. Its research, by topic (e.g., aging, diseases, public policy), is here.

National Research Council

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The Society of Environmental Journalists maintains this collection of resources and tools.

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This University of Arizona site is an interactive resource on biochemistry, cell biology, chemicals and human health, developmental biology, human biology and immunology.

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science uses this site to publicize research by universities, medical centers, government agencies and other organizations. Categories are agriculture, archeology, atmospheric science, biology, business/economics, chemistry/physics/material sciences, Earth science, education, mathematics/statistics, medicine/health, policy/ethics, social/behavioral science, space/planetary science and technology/engineering/computer science

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For reasons known only to Sheppard Software, this site divides its astronomy games by day. Monday's quizzes include a question on which two planets are the only ones that can't be seen from the Earth without a telescope (with a handy explainer of the correct answer). Saturday's quizzes challenge you to know which planet has a mountain three times higher than Mount Everest. And no, we aren't going to tell you.

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Environment 101, from ChannelOne, includes quizzes and explainers on such developments as alternative energy and high-mileage cars.

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The Elements Challenge, from ChannelOne, takes you back to the periodic table. You remember - that big poster hanging in the back of the science lab?

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Courtesy of the Understanding Science web site at the University College Cork, you can use this game to show students how the mind can be tricked - or at least teased.

While you're on this page, you'll find not only science and math puzzles, but also a nifty word puzzle and another one.

The page also links to the Color Test, which is a good demonstration of the difficulty of ignoring words, even when directed to.

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