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2007-04-08

Science_81

Entry: Astronomy
Focus: Gemini Observatory



The Gemini Observatory consists of twin 8-meter optical/infrared telescopes located on two of the best sites on our planet for observing the universe. Together these telescopes can access the entire sky. The Gemini South telescope is located at almost 9,000' elevation on a mountain in the Chilean Andes called Cerro Pachon. Cerro Pachon shares resources with the adjacent SOAR Telescope and the nearby telescopes of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. The Frederick C. Gillett Gemini North Telescope is located on Hawaii's Mauna Kea as part of the international community of observatories that have been built to take advantage of the superb atmospheric conditions on this long dormant volcano that rises almost 14,000' into the dry, stable air of the Pacific. The Gemini Observatory's international headquarters is located in Hilo, Hawaii at the University of Hawaii at Hilo's University Park. Both of the Gemini telescopes have been designed to take advantage of the latest technology and thermal controls to excel in a wide variety of optical and infrared capabilities. One example of this is the unique Gemini coating chamber that uses "sputtering" technology to apply protected silver coatings on the Gemini mirrors to provide unprecedented infrared performance.
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http://www.gemini.edu/

Design_45

Entry: Magazine
Focus: Monocle



Monocle is the title of a multimedia venture by Canadian journalist and entrepeneur Tyler Brûlé, spearheaded by a monthly print magazine with the same name. Described by CBC News reporter Harry Forestell as a "meeting between foreign policy and Vanity Fair", the magazine purports to provide readers with a global prespective on international affairs, breaking away from traditional, regionalized journalistic canons. The magazine started circulating on February 15, 2007, priced at twelve euros and feauturing articles on subjects as diverse as the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, Chinese investment in Africa or the best Portuguese-language Sunday newspapers.
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http://www.monocle.com/

Art_91

Entry: Online Museum
Focus: Webexhibits



WebExhibits is an online museum, with exhibits that encourage people to ask questions and examine issues from several points of view.
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http://webexhibits.org/

Science_80

Entry: Portal
Focus: PhysicsWeb



The Best of PhysicsWeb brings together articles about the most exciting areas of modern physics in a single place on PhysicsWeb. Features from Physics World magazine complement PhysicsWeb news stories and essential links to related Web sites.
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http://physicsweb.org/

Technology_44

Entry: Environment
Focus: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change



The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. It is currently finalizing its Fourth Assessment Report "Climate Change 2007". The reports by the three Working Groups provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the current state of knowledge on climate change.
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http://www.ipcc.ch/