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Bid farewell to Floyd Patterson, read up on the art of pugilism, then explore sites about seaweed, social software, palm trees, heat waves, data mining, the Da Vinci Code, gas prices, gardening, finding lost items, eye infections, healthy gardening, and so much more. Bon appetit from Karen, Wendy, Pat, Maria, Jennifer, Charlotte, and Tom.
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Leonardo's Last Supper
Details about Leonardo Da Vinci's painting "The Last Supper," which is located in the refectory of the Church and Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. Features images of preparatory drawings, a history of the painting and its restoration, and images of the painting. Also includes a bibliography. In English and Italian.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21562
A Guide to the Seaweed Industry
This 2003 paper "is written for those who know little about the seaweed industry, but wish to know more." The document, which features illustrations, discusses agar (gelatinous foodstuff produced from algae), carrageenan (a thickening agent for products such as toothpaste), edible seaweeds (such as nori and dulse), and other types of seaweed and their uses. From the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21535
How MySpace Works
This introduction to the prominent social networking site Myspace describes what it "really is, what it can do for you, [and] how it blew past the competition." Discusses how the idea of social networking is applied online ("It's the simple act of expanding the number of people you know by meeting your friends' friends, their friends' friends and their friends' friends' friends."). Also addresses safety issues. From How Stuff Works.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21543
FAQ: NSA's Data Mining Explained
This May 2006 article answers questions about "a new report about how the National Security Agency [NSA] is involved in not merely surveillance of phone calls, but also an extensive data mining program." Topics include types of domestic phone records covered (such as call detail records, or CDRs), the legality of data mining, and criticisms of the program. Includes links to related news stories and websites. From CNET.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21568
American Red Cross: Heat Waves
This fact sheet defines terms related to extreme heat, lists precautions to take during heat waves, and discusses signs and treatment of illnesses caused by extreme heat. Covers concepts such as the heat index, heat stroke, and sunstroke. Includes related links. In English and Spanish. From the American Red Cross.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21558
Contact Lenses and Eye Infections
Public health notices and other documents about the potential link between some contact lens solutions and fusarium keratitis, a rare by serious eye infection. Includes advice for contact lens users, statistics on fusarium keratitis cases, general resources on types of contact lenses and lens care, and links to related websites. From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21506
NOAH: The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation
This site addresses topics such as ocular albinism, sun protection, and children with albinism (including vision and education issues). Includes discussion forums and related links. Some material available in Spanish. "NOAH is a volunteer organization for persons and families involved with the condition of albinism."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/1450
Chefs A' Field: Culinary Adventures That Begin on the Farm
Recipes from this television cooking show (and cookbook) focusing on food produced from local farmers. Browse episodes by region to find photos, quotes from farmers, and recipes, or view recipes by type of dish. Some of the foods featured include Vermont maple syrup, wild Alaska salmon, Kansas City (Missouri) chickens, and Puget Sound (Washington state) oysters.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21552
Cooking With Fresh Seaweed
Ideas for cooking with sea lettuce, Irish moss, dulse, and other types of seaweed. Includes instructions for seaweed in salads, seasonings, soup, and bread. From the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program based at the University of Rhode Island.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21531
Palm Tree Care and Names
"This page has information on palm tree care and how to grow palm trees on about 200 species of palms that are most commonly cultivated in gardens. Listed are the scientific and palm common names (if one exists), cultural requirements for each species, photographs, hints as to successful growing, and other interesting data." From a company that sells palm trees.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21546
The Twelve Principles
Practical and fun ideas for locating lost objects. Describes principles such as "It's Not Lost -- You Are," "Domestic Drift," and "The Camouflage Effect." From the author of a book on finding lost objects (and several other books) and self-described "findologist."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21539
Official website for this boxer who won the middleweight gold medal in Helsinki, Finland, at the 1952 Olympics, and became the youngest world heavyweight champion in 1956. "When he recaptured the title in 1960 after a brief loss, it marked the first time a boxer had ever made a successful comeback for the world heavyweight title." Includes a brief biography and list of career highlights.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21524
10 Steps To Better Eco-Diving in Kelp Forests
Guidelines for safe scuba diving in kelp forests, "both to protect the diver and to avoid damaging the kelp plants." Topics include preparation and equipment, diving techniques to avoid entanglement in kelp, ecosystem disturbance, and more. From the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21537
Allen's Guide:Summer Camps and Travel Programs
This website "provides information about many different kids and teen summer camps and travel programs. These are all structured group programs. ... Allen's Guide does not manage or book any of the programs but links you to the operators' web sites." Includes listings for children's residential and nonresidential summer camps, and specific types of camps, such as academic, arts, self-improvement, religious, sports, and special needs. This site is supported by several summer camp providers.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21482
Gardening & Health
Collection of fact sheets on gardening health and safety topics, such as plant allergies, power tool safety, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, heat stress, sunburn and skin cancer, and protecting your hands, feet, knees, and back. From the Virginia Cooperative Extension.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21549
How Not to Get Hit by Cars
Tips for bicyclists for avoiding collisions with cars. Discusses headlights (for night riding), honking and yelling, riding positions, using handlebar or helmet mirrors, passing cars, choice of streets, and related topics. Includes diagrams showing typical interactions between cars and bicycles on the road. From CICLE (Cyclists Inciting Change Thru Live Exchange), a bicycle advocacy group based in Los Angeles.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21540
Physiotherapy Facts: Gardening
This information sheet provides tips for avoiding injuries while gardening. Discusses posture, assistance and comfort tools (such as wheelbarrows and knee pads), avoiding stress and strain (including pacing yourself), and related ideas. Includes a few warm-up stretches. Opens directly into a PDF file. From the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21547
This site features photos and brief bios of men and women boxers, match results, rankings, an events calendar, and U.S boxing news. Also find a boxing rulebook and an overview of the safety of amateur boxing. "USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States' member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA)."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21528
California Plant Quarantine Manual
Full text of this manual outlining regulations concerning plants entering California. Also features a chart summarizing the quarantine requirements (including the specific plants, states from which the plants are regulated, and the associated pests) and a FAQ about privately transported houseplants. From the Pest Exclusion Branch, California Department of Food and Agriculture.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21544
The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants
Find images and details about native California plants (use the "California Native Plant Library" to browse by scientific or common name, endangered status, flowering season, flower color, water needs, and other factors). Also find garden guides for each season, and planting and growing tips. From a Southern California organization dedicated to promoting and restoring California landscapes, and habitats.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21106
Under Two Flags: Mexican Workers in Washington Fields
"This four-part series [from 2000] chronicles the lives of Mexican farmworkers in Eastern Washington and explores the underground economy that supports Washington's agricultural industry." Articles and photos portray the experiences of individual migrant workers whose lives and families are split between the rural communities of Toppenish, Washington state, and Pajacuarán, Mexico. From the Seattle Times.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21428
Ancient & Classical Cultures
Collection of links to websites about ancient cultures around the world. Includes sites about Africa, Asia Minor, Aztecs, Celts, China, Egyptians, Greeks, Hebrews, Incas, India, Inuit, Muslims, Mongolia, Persia, Romans, Viking, and wonders of the ancient world. From the Multnomah County Library, Oregon.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21570
The World Bank: Brazil
Fact sheets and articles about social and economic development and environmental projects in Brazil. Topics include Amazonian rain forests, poverty, HIV/AIDS, water, and energy. Includes details about World Bank assistance to Brazil projects, quick facts about Brazil, statistics, publications, news updates, photos, slide shows, and video clips. From the World Bank.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21529
Driving Tips: We Test the Tips: What Really Saves Gas? And How Much?
This article describes how changing your driving habits may result in substantial fuel economy improvements. Driving tips were tested "over a remote 55-mile route in the high desert of California." Tests with significant fuel savings included moderate instead of aggressive driving, lowering high speeds, using cruise control, and limiting excessive idling. Proper tire pressure and not using air conditioning did not result in significant fuel savings. From a company that produces car-pricing guides.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21559
Heat Wave: A Major Summer Killer
Advisory about hazards and illnesses associated with heat waves. Defines the heat index and the possible heat disorders (such as sunstroke and heat exhaustion) associated with different temperature ranges. Includes suggestions for avoiding illness and lists symptoms of each disorder. From the National Weather Service.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21557
Insect Pheromones: Mastering Communication to Control Pests
This publication explores research to develop pest control methods based on pheromones, chemicals "secreted by an animal, often an insect, that influence the behavior or development of other members of the same species." Includes images, a timeline of the study of insect pheromones back to 1870, glossary, and links to related research. From Beyond Discovery, a publication series from the National Academy of Sciences.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21523
The Da Vinci Code, The Catholic Church and Opus Dei
May 2006 response to Dan Brown's fictional work "The Da Vinci Code" from the Prelature of Opus Dei in the United States. Fictional members of Opus Dei are prominent characters in the novel. Topics addressed include Opus Dei and monks, crime, corporal mortification (including the cilice), cult allegations, women, and the Vatican bank.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21561
The Real Da Vinci Code
Companion to a 2005 television program that considered historical plot elements in Dan Brown's novel "The Da Vinci Code." Topics include the legend of the Holy Grail, the Priory of Sion, the Knights Templar, Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and Opus Dei. From Britain's Channel 4.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21563
The State of the World's Refugees: Human Displacement in the New Millennium
This 2006 report "presents the challenges to refugee protection and assesses the response of the international community." It looks at population dynamics, refugee protection, safety and security of refugees, emergency response, internally displaced persons, and potential solutions and future challenges. The "Annex" provides useful statistics. From the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21573
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