Capstone Hyperlinks

[Expect broken links! Links UPDATED UNTIL 2007.]

Many of my hyperlinks have been recommended by the American Association for the Advancement of Science*, the premiere scientific association of the United States.  In other words, these hyperlinks are outstanding, and leading scientists use them.  So should you!

GETTING YOUR IDEA:  Perhaps the links throughout this page will inspire you.  However, several web sites have very good pre-fabricated science questions.  You could study or adapt these questions for your research:  This link explains how the scientific method may take different forms.  This link gives plenty of ideas that may be worthy of study.  Gives general ideas related to agricultural sciences that may be worthy of study.  Gives math ideas for science fair projects.   senior projects that are at about the level we are looking for in science senior seminar.  Gives general categories of interest that can be researched.



California Winning Science Fair Projects, 2001.       These noble lectures focus on evolutionary origins of humans, genes influencing cholesterol levels, and video of all 21 speakers regarding the genomics revolution  This site lists 7 monumental challenges for bioscience.  Consider these issues when brainstorming your project. 



Science Fair-about it.

Science Fair-your application.



Study the redshift data of stars:            Sinbad Astronomical Database        Both of the preceeding databases, "Denizens of Deep Space," will provide a student with PLENTY of data that can be analyzed in the study of stars

The Northern Lights.  This outstanding site is built for the student, who can send questions regarding this phenomena and probably also garner some data herein. 

Learn about space-Collisions.  See the recorded data of a comet colliding with Jupiter.  See where asteroids have landed on earth, perhaps eliminating the dinosaurs.  Learn about what could collide with planet earth, and the real risks that may or may not exist for humanity. 


Greenhouse Gas Online.  As the name says, this is a literature source for the individual studying greenhouse gases.  It links to news stories, such as pollution and climate change. 

OZONE DATA.  Here it is, atmospheric ozone data, up-to-date and archived. 

Earth's Magnetic Field-liveThis field shelters us from the solar wind, something that can even cause black-outs.  How much does this field vary?  How does it vary?  Why does it vary?  How is this field effected by solar radiation? 

Study Earthquakes.  Where are they happening?  What scale of magnitude are they?  Are they located near cities? Where are the fault lines that are dangerous to NYC?  This site is displaying all the world's seismology data, updated within a few hours!

Examine Water Pollution and other freshwater research.  This site links researchers around the world, and tells what they are studying: water-catastrophes, dam impacts, and other freshwater concerns. 

How to Track a Typhoon or Hurricane.  Here's NASA's microwave data on the earth.  When a weather event happens, you could study the microwave data that comes with the massive change in weather.  You could investigate these changes, and track them over a period of time, before and after the "change of the weather." 

Monitor a Volcano.  Kilauea, in Hawaii, is monitored at this site. 

Use Historical Ocean Data.  A data-mine that will yield many data sets.  "pH, nitate, chlorophyll concentrations, from sites around the world."  Think about algal blooms, as a function of climate data.  Perhaps you could use the information on this site, comparing to information on a site above for one of your data sets. 


Visit a field station in another country.  If you are considering this link, you are probably thinking about your senior seminar project that is due in a year or two. The site lists potential places you might be able to contact, visit, and participate in a study. We can send someone a very well constructed email explaining your ambitions.   

Research Biodiversity Hotspot Data.  This site indicates the organisms that exist in the only ~25 hotspots that exist on planet earth.  Organize, look for trends among these as part of your project. 

Reefs 1   Reefs 2  Reefs 3 How they are changing, where and when they are changing, and some insight into why these changes happen.  The second site gives accurate coral bleaching data that you could analyze, to see if there is some sort of global pattern of bleaching that is related to global temperatures.  It is summer in some part of the world, now.  What is happening to the bleaching patterns of these reefs as we speak?  This latter site provides a vulnerability score for the reefs. 

Learn about Endangered U.S. Plants.  Learn about these, including range and habitat. 

Study the Mexican Biodiversity Collection, and it is only in spanish.  At this site, you could map where the Mexican long-nosed bat has been found with the cacti (Neobuxbaumia) that it pollinates.  This site is a treasure-trove of existing specimens from Mexico, more than 6 million specimens.  Where have they been found?  How are their locations relevant to their ecology?  At one time, this site was supposed to be in English, but it is not currently multi-lingual.  If you know Spanish, here's your chance to use your language proficiency to do some research. 

Study the biogeography and systematics of neotropical fish.  Study interesting fishes, such as piranhas and giant catfish.  Locality data can be mapped, using information that has been compiled from 24 different museums. 


Food Science.  Cook with scientific insight!  Contains lot's of explanations about what causes cooking to happen, and is a good source for experimentation that you might do. 



3000 histology  and pathology slides.  These are the ticket for comparative studies. Otherwise, these are a resource if your research willinvestigate changes in cell morphology.  Seems to be only human tissue slides. 



What Bugs Sound Like        This database lists various sounds of insects, for comparison and study. 

Sounds in the Sea 1.  Sounds in the Sea 2.        How manmade sounds may affect ocean life.  Use of Sonar, and an underwater acoustics tutorial. 



Electricity Museum  Not only does this give an explanation for how recorded sound works, it invokes an understanding of the various aspects of microwaves, electricity, and edison.

Materials ProfiledFor example, Teflon.  Alloys.  Fire Retardants.  Transformers.  Density, hardness, flammability data. 

Face Recognition part 1.   Technological challenges abound, regarding accurate face recognition technologies. 

The science of Miniaturization.  Nanotechnology means really small technology.  There are practical reasons for miniaturization, and you can study some of these.  "How to craft a solar cell from rasberries." 8 nano-activities that you could incorporate into a project. 

Internet Routes around the world.  Believe it or not, mapping this traffic is really important science.  Maybe these issues will give you some ideas about how you can study internet traffic on the web. 


Discover Chimpanzees.  A Jane Goodall endorsed site. It takes you into the daily activities of chimps, part of a potential "study over the web." 

Visual Perception.  Light, dark, and illusion are modeled and thought about via this MIT link. 

Psychology Resources 1  Psychology Resources 2.  Albeit the Science department at Beacon is sometimes critical of psychology projects that use human subjects, several psychology projects are usually approved each semester.  To help with these studies, here are more than 2000 psychology links that will include, for example, "a biography of Freud, and information on the latest developments in mother-infant attachment." 



Tree Identification.  If you need to identify a tree, this is the site for you. 

Ancient Trees.  Ancient Cycads--250 still exist--even with a fossil record of 250 million years.  They have a partnership with Nitrogen fixing bacteria.  The stats of these plants, including range, descriptions, conservation status, etc., are also here. 




Obesity Genes  There are genetic trends that indicate obesity is heritable.  This database helps understand these genetic associations. 



Statistics-from the basic to over-my head: examples.  Enough said. But this site can help you analyze really tough problems.  The focus is on engineering problems and is very accessible. 



HIV genes and evolution of HIV.  These genes are associated with viral resistance to drugs, and are the viral genes associated with viruses taken from patients.  Lots to do here because, essentially, you have the tools to study the evolution of HIV. 

NYC brochures on Health.  Currently, issues address Tuberculosis, Influenza, Health and Admissions to Schools, and Diabetes and Post-traumatic stress disorders.  This information has been written for both doctors and the public. 



Quorum Sensing.  Bacteria are not loners.  How do they interact?  This depends on who they are next to.  And, with collegiality, they influence the biology of one another. 

Make Homemade Media.  Several students choose to culture bacteria for their research. It will be easiest to provide you with premade plates. This link describes one method of making homemade bacterial agar.  Your bacterial cultures can probably be grown on the surface of this agar.  The culture of fungi is similar to the culture of bacteria.  Also, this website helps you understand Microbe Nutritional Requirements.


Cancer Genes activated during certain forms of cancer  The tools on this site tell which genes are turned on in different forms of cancers.  You could explore these expressed gene profiles, and compare the genes that were or were not expressed when a patient had cancer.  Maybe you'll discover a gene unique to only certain types of cancers.

Taxonomy of species  Want to see how different organisms are related?  Use of this site will require some elbow grease, but much of the genetic information of 874,000 species has been published online and you can use this information for comparative analysis.

Comparing Proteins.  You can do structural comparisons of proteins from different organisms.  Yep, the same enzyme in people looks a little different when found in another specie.  How different do they look?  These comparisons, if a good visual comparisons are done, are worthwhile.  See if the proteins you want to compare from different species really do look the same.  From what I can tell, you need to be good with computers to use this site. 



Karl Popper - Scientific Thought



What is the best type of care to give a patient?    Yep, alternative medicine-echinacea, surgery types, answers to health questions, only in abstract form since subscribers are the only ones to get full info.  Find something interesting?  I may be able to get you the full source. 

 Face Recognition Part 2Face Recognition part 3.

Spectroscopy-how we use light to study lot's of things.  a "spectroscopy in your everyday life" approach. 

Plot the position of meteorite impacts and volcanoes.  Here is the site that will quickly let you zoom in on these positions on the North America Map. 

Multicultural Chimpanzees   This hyperlink, to the left, has been strongly recommended.

*Most of the websites have been discovered while reading the AAAS publication, "Science."  They have usually been found in the "netwatch" version of this periodical. 



These projects include air pollution, navigation vectors, gulf-stream data, and plate tectonic data.  Each has a curriculum component in the lesson plans, but students could adapt these plans for their own projects.