Scout Report -- November 11, 1994 (fwd)

Douglas B Hanson (dhanson@WORLD.STD.COM)
Thu, 17 Nov 1994 12:29:54 -0500

I am forwarding this to the ANTHRO-L list because there are a number of
items that I thought may be of interest to listmembers. Enjoy

- Doug Hanson



Scout Report: November 11, 1994


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Highlights In This Week's Report:

* For those who live in both the real and virtual worlds: THE
NETWORKED PLANET, an exhibit at the Computer Museum in
Boston, MA.
* Ask-a-Geologist: Email Q &A for students
* NII section is full of telecom information sources
* Star Trek: Generations movie homepage: see Kirk and Picard together!
Hear Data laugh!
* The Rolling Stones live on the 'Net: 20 minutes on the MBone. What
have they named the service? ... StoneBone

World Wide Web

The Dictionary of Cell Biology (Second edition) is now available on the
WWW. The search engine allows regular expression searches, and also allows
users to submit their own comments, revisions or new entries directly to
the editors. The copyright holders, Academic Press, have generously
allowed this Dictionary to be made available as an experiment.

Federally-Funded Research in the U.S. is a series of databases that
provide information about research funded by the Federal Government. These
databases contain the names and addresses of Principal Investigators,
grant titles, abstracts, and keywords associated with grants funded by the
NIH - National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, the USDA
- U.S. Department of Agriculture, the SBIR - Small Business Innovation
Research Program and the ATP Advanced Technology Program.

Find out how your representatives are addressing your environmental
concerns. EcoNet has released the League of Conservation Voters' 1994
National Environmental Scorecard via the Internet. A click-able image map
allows viewing by section of the country. The Environmental Scorecard
rates House and Senate representatives according to their voting records
on critical environmental issues for the past year. You may also access
the Scorecard via electronic mail at

Immunization Action Coalition, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, works to
boost immunization rates in the United States. The Coalition promotes
physician, community, and family awareness of and responsibility for
appropriate immunization of all people of all ages against all
vaccine-preventable diseases. The Coalition's WWW home page will provide
people with electronic versions of their newsletters, "Needle Tips" and
Hepatitis B Coalition News", as well as provide a mailing address to their
organization on the Internet.

The Interfaith Health Program of The Carter Center (President Jimmy
Carter, Chairman) and Saint Francis Hospital of Evanston, Illinois are
pleased to announce their W3 site for The International Network for
Interfaith Health Practices (IHP-NET). IHP-NET is an Internet electronic
forum for dialogue and resource sharing among persons of all religious
traditions, regarding the dynamic relationship between spirituality and
health, especially its practical expression in the advancement of human
wellness. The Web site includes IHP-NET documents, digests, a collection
of Internet Health Resources and sampling of congregation and
community health promotion models.

MathMagic, the innovative K12 problem solving project that involves teams
of students "talking" about math now has a new Web site. Find out about
how to join this majordomo mailing list project and see examples of past
and present challenges.

Stanford Center For Tuberculosis Research, USA.

The Shakespeare database project at Westf=8Alische Wilhelms-Universitat
Munster, Germany posts project news and information on publications
its own WWW Home-Page. There is also a preview on the Shakespeare
Database CD-ROM to be presented at the 1994 Frankfurt Bookfair.

Time, Inc. now has an experimental World Wide Web server that includes
full text articles from Time, Vibe, and Entertainment Weekly magazines.
Time's "Pathfinder," also includes a feature called "The Virtual Garden"
which they are touting as "the most comprehensive collection of consumer
information on gardening available online." Two versions of the service
are available; one includes full-color images while the other is oriented
towards those with text-only access. {Access is slow, but it's worth


The University of Calgary Library has constructed a Polar Information
Sources Gopher for information relating to the Arctic, Antarctic and
other cold regions. All subject areas for these regions are considered.
Sections include: Polar Libraries, Polar Bibliographic Databases, Polar
Information Directories, Polar Research and Other Institutes, Polar
Electronic Serials and Newsletters, and Other Polar Internet Sources
gopher to:
select: University Library/ Polar Information Sources


Ask-A-Geologist - US Geological Survey offers new Internet service. Have
you ever wondered about why there so much oil in Texas, but not in
Wisconsin? What are the deepest canyons in the United States? (The answer
might surprise you!) While the answers to many of these questions might be
as close as an encyclopedia, some questions are difficult to answer
without checking many sources. The USGS now offers a new, experimental
Internet service - Ask-A-Geologist. All electronic mail to Ask-A-Geologist
will be routed to the geologist of the day. The geologist will reply to
your question within a day or two, or provide referrals to better sources
of information. All questions and answers will be part of the public
record. After collecting questions and answers for a few months, we will
make a Frequently Asked Questions list (with answers) available via
anonymous FTP and World-Wide-Web. We encourage grade school and high
school students with electronic mail access to send in questions -- but we
can't write your reports for you! In limited testing, we've had an
enthusiastic response from many grade school students. If you have any
questions about this service, but not about geology, please contact the
system administrator - Rex Sanders at
For geology questions:
send email to:

Under the host sponsorship of Canada's SchoolNet, INCLASS is a moderated
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interactive hands-on help for Internet newcomers, with plenty of resource
pointers. Above all, INCLASS promotes the use of the Internet as a means
to keep students interested in life-long learning, focusing on adapting
successfully and creatively to change, concentrating on aiming for
personal excellence.
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LIVEwire from D.C. -- Supercomputing '94 coverage from the folks who
bring us HPCwire. Receive free, daily coverage of the Supercomputing '94
conference whether you are attending or not, whether you're a subscriber
to HPCwire or not, by sending mail to the address below. You'll receive a
brief Table of Contents in the HPCwire format.
send email to:
leave subject line and body of message blank

National Information Infrastructure

Federal Communications Commission FTP site.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the telecom policy
making arm of the UN, based in Geneva, Switzerland, can be reached
directly through the Web or through gopher.
or gopher to:

Telecom Resources Server at the University of Michigan includes links to
dozens of telecom-related resources, including the ITU and the Columbia

The Telecommunications Library at WilTel, includes resources such as the
Long Distance Digest, Telecom Digest, Telecom Glossary, the working
papers from The Research Institute for Telecommunications and Information
Marketing, among others.


On November 12, 1994, The Computer Museum, located in Boston, MA. opened
a new exhibit THE NETWORKED PLANET, the first exhibit to make the
"information highway" and global networks accessible to the general
public. In one hour, visitors to the exhibit can see, feel and use the
"information highway" and understand when and how it touches them. The
only exhibit of its kind in the world, THE NETWORKED PLANET: Traveling
the Information Highway(TM) is a $2 million microcosm of global networks.
The exhibit reveals the inner workings of the large-scale "invisible"
networks that we rely on, such as global banking systems, telephone
networks, and aircraft tracking systems. It also provides access to new
networking opportunities at home, work and school through first-hand
experiences with the Internet and on-line services. A July 1994 Harris
poll showed that while 48 percent of adult Americans have heard of the
"information highway," most of them don't know much about its key
components. The Computer Museum decided to build the exhibit to address
this confusion. The exhibit is designed as a ride along the "information
highway" with electronic tour guides at every stop. Issued a Key Card,
visitors log in and pick a "Network Guide." In each new area, their guide
explains both the technology and impact of the network being highlighted,
and prompts them to weigh the costs and benefits of the technology. The
issues of privacy, information overload, and life and love in the new
electronic age are raised. For example, visitors to the exhibit can
travel down a 3D animated telephone line and find out how all kinds of
network connections (e-mail, cellular calls or fax) are made over the
phone system; track the location of all commercial planes in the air; or
follow the flow of over $3 trillion around the globe each day through the
S.W.I.F.T. banking network.

This exhibit involves the creative and technical expertise and support of
over 200 people from over 50 corporations and institutions around the
world. The exhibit runs on its own computer network, enabling the Network
Guides to track visitors. Sprint fiber optic T1 lines permit live network
feeds from around the globe. The NETWORKED PLANET is made possible with
support from: Principal Sponsor: Sprint. Major Underwriters: National
Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities. Major Sponsors:
Apple Computer, Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, Novell, Inc., NYNEX
Corporation, Stratus Computer, Inc., S.W.I.F.T. Supporting Sponsors:
Banyan Systems Inc., Chipcom Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fannie
Cox Foundation, Harvard Community Health Plan Foundation, Morgridge
Family Foundation, Pisces Productions, Paul and Kathleen Severino, Sun
Microsystems, Inc., Thomson Financial Services, and Wellfleet
Communications, Inc. Contacts:
Gail Jennes (East Coast) 617-426-2800 x341
Carol Welsh (West Coast) 415-323-1909

The Third International World-Wide Web Conference: Technology, Tools and
Applications '95, which will be held in Darmstadt, Germany, April 10-14,
1995, will bring together researchers, developers and users of the
World-Wide Web. It will provide participants with the opportunity to come
together and share comprehensive knowledge, research and discussion of
the most current activities related to the Web

The new edition of the Learned NewsWire 1.5 is hereby published for free
browsing on the Internet. Among other news, top stories this month
include reports on the comings and goings in the information industry,
new European services, speculation surrounding the sale of Mead Data
Central, the developing Chinese information industry, new electronic
library developments, and projections of prosperity in the world of
on-line information services.

Weekend Scouting

Paramount Pictures and Viacom Online have developed a World Wide Web site
to herald the upcoming motion picture Star Trek Generations. The site
offers a galaxy of unique Star Trek elements for downloading, including
pictures, sounds and a preview of the movie, in addition to
behind-the-scenes information. Make sure to give Paramount "Your Input"-
all respondents will receive a digital version of the Star Trek
Generations movie poster.

The Rolling Stones have announced that they will be broadcasting
minutes of their November 18th Texas Cotton Bowl concert live on the
MBONE. Interested folks should check the list of registered StoneBone
viewing parties or Register their site for a local viewing party.

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