EDUCATION: Life, the Universe, and Everything

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Science  21 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5538, pp. 2175
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5538.2175a

Follow the evolution of the universe, from the big bang to the appearance of our species, with this new site hosted by Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Astrophysicist Eric Chaisson and colleagues excerpted Cosmic Evolution from Chaisson's textbook on the history of the universe, updating material and adding photos, illustrations, and movies. The seven sections, aimed at high school or beginning college students, immerse you in topics like galaxy formation, the birth and death of stars, the origins of life, and the evolution of intelligence. Each section also features jazzy animations that show events like the detonation of a bloated elderly star and the condensation of the solar system from interstellar jetsam. Teachers will find plenty of follow-up activities for the classroom.

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