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Science  25 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5457, pp. 1359
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5457.1359d

Bracing for a sun storm. The sun's magnetic cycle will reach an 11-year maximum this year, bringing frequent belches of plasma and radiation that may knock out satellites orbiting Earth—or at least put on a great show for solar physicists. Tune in to this site for news, background, a glossary, and links to the dozen or so space observatories that will be keeping watch.

Book of species. Yet another among many efforts to catalog the world's species is Ecoport, a Web encyclopedia of plants and animals. Although the site's design is clunky, with patience users can look up taxonomic info on 49,000-and-counting species (mostly agricultural plants and pests) and pull up detailed accounts for some entries.

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