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Moffat Library Databases: Science

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Science is the observation, organization, and testing of nature in order to build knowledge and make accurate predictions about the universe. Ranging as far back as ancient China, Egypt, and Mesopotamia, scientific efforts have unlocked new technologies and understanding about humans and the world around us.

This guide includes resources about key branches of science such as astronomy, biology, ecology, geology, mathematics and physics. It also contains information relating to health, medicine, and wellness. Please remember to consult a doctor before changing your health plans.

Science Databases

UNdata 

UNdata is a web-based data service for the global user community. Users can search and download a variety of statistical resources compiled by the United Nations (UN) statistical system and other international agencies. The numerous databases and tables contain over 60 million data points and cover a wide range of statistical themes including agriculture, crime, communication, development assistance, education, energy, environment, finance, gender, health, labor market, manufacturing, national accounts, population and migration, science and technology, tourism, transport, and trade.

Funded by the United Nations

Computational Knowledge

WolframAlpha - Knowledge Search Engine

Compute expert-level answers using Wolfram’s breakthrough algorithms, knowledgebase and AI technology

Science Fair Ideas

Science Buddies

Find fun, innovative, and comprehensive science fair ideas. Excel in STEM classes with a host of intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education resources!

Google Science Fair

Use Google's resource library to find problems worth solving, inspiration for ideas, help developing a solution, and tips for communicating results. Review past winners and see some of the ideas helping to make our world a better place!

From The Catalog

Seeing Further

by Bill Bryson

Call Number: 506.041 SEE
Publication Date: 2010-11-02
 

Seeing Further tells the fascinating story of science and the Royal Society; with Bill Bryson's trademark wit and intelligence, and contributions from a host of well known scientists and science fiction writers. It is a delightful literary treat from the acclaimed author who previous explored the current state of scientific knowledge in his phenomenally popular book, A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Call Number: 523.1 TYS
Publication Date: 2017-05-02

 

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

The Physics of Everyday Things

by James Kakalios

Call Number: 530 KAK
Publication Date: 2017-05-16

 

Most of us are clueless when it comes to the physics that makes our modern world so convenient. What's the simple science behind motion sensors, touch screens, and toasters? How do we glide through tolls using an E-Z Pass, or find our way to new places using GPS? In The Physics of Everyday Things, James Kakalios takes us on an amazing journey into the subatomic marvels that underlie so much of what we use and take for granted.

The Disappearing Spoon

by Sam Kean

Call Number: 546 KEA
Publication Date: 2010-07-12

 

Discover incredible stories of science, history, finance, mythology, the arts, medicine, and more, as told by the Periodic Table. Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why is gallium (Ga, 31) the go-to element for laboratory pranksters? The Periodic Table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, betrayal, and obsession. These fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history.

The Weather Machine

by Andrew Blum

Call Number: 551.63 BLU
Publication Date: 2019-06-25

 

From the acclaimed author of Tubes, a lively and surprising tour of the infrastructure behind the weather forecast, the people who built it, and what it reveals about our climate and our planet The weather is the foundation of our daily lives. It's a staple of small talk, the app on our smartphones, and often the first thing we check each morning. Yet behind these quotidian interactions is one of the most expansive machines human beings have ever constructed--a triumph of science, technology and global cooperation.

Who We Are and How We Got Here

by David and Eugenie Reich

Call Number: 573.2 REI
Publication Date: 2018-03-27

 

A groundbreaking book about how technological advances in genomics and the extraction of ancient DNA have profoundly changed our understanding of human prehistory while resolving many long-standing controversies.

How to Change Your Mind

by Michael Pollan

Call Number: 615.78 POL
Publication Date: 2018-05-15

 

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

Science Magazines

Science & Government Agencies

The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

Find research and reports on topics such as air and pollution, chemicals and toxins, greener living and sustainable energy, landfills and waste cleanup, and water. 

Browse USGS science programs and activities by topics such as land resources, coasts, geology, minerals, energy, natural hazards, and geospatial data.

NASA

Explore space station updates, video and image galleries, a calendar of upcoming NASA events, and air and space topics.

Science Education Websites

Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

Meet the Animals - National Zoo

Meet the residents of the Smithsonian's National Zoo! With amazing close-up photos, details on conservation status, size, natural habitats, and more, this is a great place to learn more about the animal kingdom.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

How did humans evolve, spread across the world, and come to influence the environment so significantly? With evidence drawn from genetics, archeology, and anthropology, the Smithsonian explores what it means to be human and new discoveries paleo-anthropology.

W 3 Schools

Web Development and Computer Programming - W3Schools

Visit w3schools for a free and approachable introduction to key topics in web development. Learn about HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, SQL, and other core markup and programming languages with step-by-step examples.

Royal Society of Chemistry

Learn Chemistry - RSC

From classic and historical chemistry experiments to the periodic table, this education resource from the Royal Society of Chemistry helps students, educators, and the general public understand and enjoy the world of elements and molecules.

Thought Co.

Physics Resources - ThoughtCo.

Understand how matter and energy work. From gravity to electricity to the frontiers of modern physics, ThoughtCo. offers useful and streamlined articles on a variety of scientific topic.

HyperPhysics - Georgia State University

Engage with a comprehensive discussion of physics topics, creatively linked together to build upon each other and enhance understanding. Starting with foundational concepts and equations, HyperPhysics gradually leads students through more challenging and powerful scenarios. These ideas are then demonstrated with real-life examples and calculations.