Last week, a wonderful book website called ShelfRenewal.com chose ScienceThrillers as their “Web Crush of the Week.” (Thanks so much to Karen Kleckner Keefe and Rebecca Vnuk, the librarians behind ShelfRenewal!)
Imitation is the sincerest flattery, so here I am starting my own weekly feature. Web Treasure Tuesday will highlight places on the Internet that I consider digital gold.
1. DHMO.org: This site is an instant geek test. I’m a geek, and I think DHMO.org is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. It pokes fun at some of the things that really bug me: scientific illiteracy, and the inability of most Americans to evaluate risk quantitatively (as in, yes, radiation is deadly but the damage is dose-dependent; a minor exposure has no ill effects). Together, these two phenomena cause people to do illogical, almost ritualistic things to attempt to reduce their everyday risks to ZERO even though this goal is impossible. DHMO stands for Dihydrogen Monoxide. I’ll tell you straight up that this whole website is an inside joke. If you know what a material safety data sheet is, you’ll get it for sure. But anyone with a high school chemistry class should figure it out too.
2. ILoveBacteria.com: This clever educational website was apparently created years ago by a PhD student who “wrote all the material, and drew lots of pretty pictures in a mad fit of creativity” and then went back to work on her real job. The result is a now-static site that I’m highlighting because of the wonderful DIY experiments page. Introduce kids to science concepts with very do-able projects like Egg Osmosis, Extract DNA, and Make pH Indicators.