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2006-05-14

Science_56

Entry: Climate
Focus: Global Hydrology and Climate Center



The Global Hydrology and Climate Center provides integrated scientific understanding of the Earth system to enable better decisions improving the global quality of life.
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http://www.ghcc.msfc.nasa.gov/

Book_20

Entry: Insects
Focus: For Love of Insects



Imagine beetles ejecting defensive sprays as hot as boiling water; female moths holding their mates for ransom; caterpillars disguising themselves as flowers by fastening petals to their bodies; termites emitting a viscous glue to rally fellow soldiers - and you will have entered an insect world once beyond imagining, a world observed and described down to its tiniest astonishing detail by Thomas Eisner. The story of a lifetime of such minute explorations, "For Love of Insects" celebrates the small creatures that have emerged triumphant on the planet, the beneficiaries of extraordinary evolutionary inventiveness and unparalleled reproductive capacity. To understand the success of insects is to appreciate our own shortcomings, Eisner tells us, but never has a reckoning been such a pleasure. Recounting exploits and discoveries in his laboratory at Cornell and in the field in Uruguay, Australia, Panama, Europe and North America, Eisner time and again demonstrates how inquiry into the survival strategies of an insect leads to clarifications beyond the expected; insects are revealed as masters of achievement, forms of life worthy of study and respect from even the most recalcitrant entomophobe. Filled with descriptions of his ingenious experiments and illustrated with photographs, this book makes readers participants in the grand adventure of discovery on a scale infinitesimally small and infinitely surprising.
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http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/EISFOR.html

Design_25

Entry: Type
Focus: Lineto



Lineto - the name is borrowed from the PostScript™ page description language - was founded by Cornel Windlin and Stephan Müller in 1993. Five years later, they jointly set up Lineto.com to distribute their own typefaces through the internet, and invited a number of fellow designers to publish their fonts alongside. Since then, Lineto has grown into a reputable library of original typefaces.
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http://lineto.com/

Science_55

Entry: Environment
Focus: Harvard Center for the Environment



The Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) encourages research and education about the environment and its many interactions with human society. The Center draws its strength from faculty members and students across the University who make up a remarkable intellectual community of scholars, researchers, and teachers of diverse fields including chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, engineering and applied sciences, biology, public health and medicine, government, business, economics, religion, and the law. The most pressing problems facing our natural environment are complex, often requiring collaborative investigation by scholars versed in different disciplines.
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http://environment.harvard.edu/

Design_24

Entry: Weblog
Focus: Inhabitat



Inhabitat.com is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.
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http://www.inhabitat.com/

Architecture_40

Entry: Landscape
Focus: The Snow Show



The Snow Show explores the issues related to Art and Architectural investigation by creating works from the ephemeral materials of snow and ice. An artist was partnered with an architect and invited to develop a work together—this conversation created a bridged between the art and architectural worlds.
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http://thesnowshow.com/