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Science  18 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5482, pp. 1103
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5482.1103c

Ovarian activation. The ovaries call on scads of genes to help with their hormone-producing and egg-releasing chores. Information about these genes is scattered throughout online gene and protein databases and scientific publications. The Ovarian Kaleidoscope Database aims to gather all this information in a searchable format. It's a community effort; researchers are invited to submit additional references.

ovary.stanford.edu

Beyond buckyballs. A half-dozen chemistry department Web sites spotlight Molecules of the Month. Three from the United Kingdom are the spiffiest: the Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine in London hosts a collection that dates back to 1995; the University of Bristol presents in-depth profiles, but the graphics require many plug-ins; and Oxford University's site sports vivid images and lay-reader-friendly text.

Talk the talk. Hackers, according to The Jargon File, “regard slang formation and use as a game to be played for conscious pleasure.” To translate hacker speak (hackers, by the way, are enthusiastic programmers—“crackers” break into computers), consult this quarter-century-old, continually growing lexicon. You can also learn the linguistic history of favorite terms such as “kluge” and “foo,” or follow the rules to construct your own slang.

www.tuxedo.org/∼esr/jargon/html/Introduction.html

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