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Science  14 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5477, pp. 211
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5477.211b

Book of plants. Botanists on three continents have just unveiled the International Plant Names Index, “the most comprehensive listing of seed plant names available to date.” The database of bibliographic citations for a staggering 1.3 million species should prove useful for everyone from ethnobotanists to weekend gardeners.

Next best thing to being there. Tour Greenland's glaciers, fly through a model of Death Valley, check out plate tectonics in the Himalayas, drop by the prehistoric Bering land bridge, and more at this long list of virtual geology field trips.

Virus toolkit. Whether it's poliovirus or tobacco mosaic virus, biologists can quickly get a handle on viral shapes at the Virus Particle Explorer. The site offers structures oriented in a consistent way for the 60 or so icosahedral viruses archived in the Protein Data Bank, along with other info such as surface properties.

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