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Science  26 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5445, pp. 1643b
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5445.1643b

China conundrum. “Can China Feed Itself?” is the question explored by this site, the Web version of a new CD-ROM that studies the food resources of the world's most populated country. Packed with maps, satellite images, charts of population growth, and other data, the site examines such factors as water scarcity and the role of technology in boosting crop yields. www.iiasa.ac.at/Research/LUC/ChinaFood/index.htm

Martian music. If all goes as planned, the Mars Polar Lander mission, scheduled to touch down on 3 December, will stick out a microphone to collect the sounds of the Red Planet—the first outer space recording ever, apart from the voices of astronauts beamed back to Earth. Whether it's creaking equipment or howling winds, the sure-to-be eerie noise will emanate from planetary.org

Teaching environment. Hoping to spur better K-12 teaching about our natural world, a nonprofit organization has launched this environmental education site. Brief essays on topics ranging from coral reefs to climate change are packed with links to resources that include treaties, research departments, and a rainforest slide show. http://www.enviroliteracy.org/

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