In the News: Gadgets, Tools and Apps

Technology can be a source of entertainment as well as a tool which can be used to accomplish a variety of tasks.  The sheer volume of technology making an appearance on a daily basis can make trying to find the latest Apps, Gadgets or the best Web Tool an overwhelming task.  To help in this endeavor we have come up with a list of sites that should help you find the best match for the task.

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NEW! Pocket-lint
http://www.pocket-lint.com/
Pocket-lint features app news and reviews for the iPhone and Android devices, as well as photos, and video.  If you are looking for all the latest gossip, info, expert reviews, and everything you need to know, this is the place to be.  Pocket-lint’s home page also, features a special section with the App of the Day, the latest technology reviews and news making it unnecessary for you to navigate through countless links to find the latest information.

NEW! + 101 Best Android Apps
http://101bestandroidapps.com/latest/
Best Android Apps is a gallery for the best Android phone applications.  Have you ever been out and about walking and searching for a free Wi-Fi network? Well this site offers Apps that can help you.  If you decide going organic is the way for you, these sites will help you find recipes, choose products and even grow your own organic vegetables.

The ipl2 Special Mobile Apps Collection
The ipl2 has also created a Special Mobile Apps Collection to help direct all its patrons to free mobile applications.  Knowing that the task of sorting through the thousands of applications can be daunting the ipl2 has endeavored to solve the problem by categorizing free mobile apps by subject and mobile technology platform.   The collection covers a variety of free iPhone and Android apps from resources such as newspapers, weather internet sites, television, magazines and many other media sources.

Mashable  (find it on the ipl2 collection)
http://mashable.com/2010/07/30/mashable-iphone-app-ios4
Mashable gives you the latest info on Web 2.0 and social media. With Mashable’s app, you can browse channels, share, save, and comment on articles you find.

Listio  (find it on the ipl2 collection)
http://www.listio.com/web20/
Part blog, part directory, Listio provides access to a vast number of Web 2.0 technologies currently available on the Web and allows users to review and rate them. Check it out, but be prepared to be sucked in.

Engadget  (find it on the ipl2 collection)
http://www.engadget.com/downloads/android
Engadget provides news and reviews on the latest gadgets and technology, from phones to televisions to gaming, and more.

Thanks for your continued support of ipl2. We hope these resources help satisfy any questions you may have about gadgets, tools and apps. For more information, search ipl2 for Gadgets or Apps.

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In the News: Summer Movies

The days are getting longer, the temperatures are getting warmer and students are beginning to get restless.  That can only mean one thing: summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) and by extension, the summer movie season is about to begin.

From the sequel to 2009’s summer smash The Hangover, to the much-buzzed about adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s bestseller The Help, to perhaps one of the most anticipated films of all time, the 7th and final installment of the wildly popular Harry Potter franchise, the multiplexes are sure to serve up something for everyone this summer.

Movie Trailers (find it on the ipl2)
http://www.apple.com/trailers/
This browsable and searchable site presents movie trailers from over two dozen movie studios. Highlights trailers for current movies, and includes an archive of trailers listed by studio and genre. From Apple’s QuickTime site.

Yahoo! Movies (find it on the ipl2:Resources by subject—Entertainment and Leisure—Movies )
http://movies.yahoo.com/
Information about new and upcoming releases, movie industry news, box office results, actor and actress links, and a searchable database of showtimes.  Be sure to check out Yahoo!’s Summer Movie Guide.

The Internet Movie Database (find it on the ipl2: Resources by subject—Entertainment and Leisure—Television)
http://www.imdb.com
This searchable, comprehensive movie database is your one-stop shop for information on individual films, actors, directors, composers, and genres. Also has a special section on Academy Award winners and nominees.

Rotten Tomatoes (find it on the ipl2)
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/
With so many options to choose from, how do you know which films are worth spending your hard-earned cash on to see in a theater and which to wait for DVD release?  Rotten Tomatoes is a comprehensive movie review site which captures the consensus of professional critics from across the nation.

Movie Showtimes & Tickets (find it on the ipl2)
http://www.hollywood.com/movies/
Now that you have decided what to see, make sure you don’t get shut out at the box office.  Find out when and where films are showing in your neighborhood and purchase tickets. Enter your ZIP code and browse by movie. Movie information includes reviews, trailers, photos, production notes, cast interviews, official websites, and more. From Hollywood.com.

Box Office – The Business of Movies (find it on the ipl2)
http://www.boxoffice.com/
Summer movie box office receipts typically account for the lion’s share of studios’ profits each year.  Box Office lets you know which films came out top, which underperformed, and even offers projections of earnings for films yet to be released.

Thanks for your continued support of ipl2. We hope these resources help satisfy any questions you may have about the upcoming summer movie season. For more information, search ipl2 for Movies.

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In The News: Organic Food

E. coli outbreaks, salmonella scares, contaminated food recalls. It seems like food safety is frequently in the news. You may be one of the many people who are looking at organic food options as a way to improve the quality and safety of the food you and your family eat. But what does the term “organic” really mean? How is it different than “natural?” Is organic food really healthier? Here are some sites to help you sort through these questions and to help you if you decide to make the switch to organic.

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The Organic Center (find it on the ipl2)
http://www.organic-center.org/
This advocacy site for organic farming features articles and reports on subjects such as pesticides in foods, nutritional quality, antioxidants, and food safety. Also find links to related sites. From an organization whose mission is “to generate credible, peer reviewed scientific information and communicate the verifiable benefits of organic farming and products to society.” From The Organic Center.

NEW!  The Mayo Clinic – Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious?
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/organic-food/nu00255
The famed Mayo Clinic provides numerous articles on nutrition and healthy eating. Articles include, “Learn the difference between organic foods and their traditionally grown counterparts. Decide which is best for you considering nutrition, quality, taste, cost and other factors.” From the Mayo Clinic.

NEW! Organic Trade Association: Organic Facts
http://www.ota.com/organic.html
Provides a comprehensive listing of organic facts including a definition of organic, information on genetic engineering and the use of antibiotics in agriculture. The Organic Trade Association promotes organic products, advocates for organic standards and supports scientific research into the environmental and nutritional impacts of organic products.

If you decide going organic is the way for you, these sites will help you find recipes, choose products and even grow your own organic vegetables.

Organic Authority.com – Organic Food, Organic Living (find it on the ipl2 : Resources by Subject — Food — Recipes & Cookbooks)
http://www.organicauthority.com/
Provides information on organic food and organic living, including recipes, articles, health and beauty tips, and news.

Organic Gardening (find it on the ipl2 : Resources by Subject — Magazines — Entertainment and Leisure — Home and Garden)
http://www.organicgardening.com/
In its print form, Organic Gardening has long been a trusted resource for both new and experienced organic gardeners. This companion website offers organic gardening tips and solutions, monthly advice, national events listing, links to other organic commercial sites and organizations, book recommendations, and subscription information for the print magazine.

Vegetable Gardening in Containers (find it on the ipl2)
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/publications/guides/e-545_vegetable_gardening_containers.pdf
This illustrated article provides ideas for growing vegetables in containers such as pots and planter boxes. Discusses crop selection, growing media, fertilization, water, light, and diseases and insects. Includes planting charts and sample vegetable varieties for containers. From the Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A&M University.

Thanks for your continued support of ipl2. We hope these resources help satisfy any questions you may have about organic foods. For more information, search ipl2 for Organic Food or Organic Gardening.

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The Link: Weather

Destructive tornadoes. Devastating hurricanes. Deadly tsunamis. Record-setting temperatures. Each day seems to present new evidence attesting to Mother Nature’s magnificent force. Extreme weather events have the potential to simultaneously wreak havoc and inspire awe. This month, The Link brings you a series of resources to educate you on nature’s highs and lows.

Meteorology: The Science Behind the Weather

While it may sometimes seem like the weather is random and unpredictable, there is a science to predicting and explaining the phenomena that each and every one of us experiences on a daily basis.

WW2010: The Weather World 2010 Project   (find it on ipl2)
http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/home.rxml
A collection of online meteorology guides that include modules for light and optics, clouds and precipitation, forces and winds, air masses and fronts, weather forecasting, severe storms, hurricanes, El Niño, and the hydrologic cycle. (Text from the University of Illinois WW2010 Project.)

NEW! National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Observations Educational Resource
http://www.education.noaa.gov/Weather_and_Atmosphere/Weather_Observations.html
This Educational Resource page contains educational plans, multimedia presentations, science fair ideas and links to current Doppler radar and satellite imagery. Daily work keeps citizens informed on the constant changes to the atmosphere and environment.

NEW! The American Meteorological Society’s Glossary of Meteorology
http://amsglossary.allenpress.com/glossary
A searchable database of over 12,000 terms with definitions from the American Meteorological Society, the nation’s premier professional association dedicated to the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

Disaster Preparedness

Did you know that May 22nd to May 28th is Hurricane Preparedness Week? Find out how to prepare your family and your pets for hurricanes and other natural disasters by checking out these links.

Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (find it on ipl2)
http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/
This guide “provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness by walking the reader through how to get informed about local emergency plans, how to identify hazards that affect their local area, and how to develop and maintain an emergency communications plan and disaster supplies kit. Other topics covered include evacuation, emergency public shelters, animals in disaster, and information specific to people with disabilities.” From the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

StormReady Weather Safety Awareness Links (find it on ipl2: Resources by Subject – Earth Sciences – Meteorology/Climatology)
http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/awareness.htm
This section of the National Weather Service website contains links to information on various types of severe weather: heat waves, hurricanes, floods, rip currents, thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and winter weather. Each section includes safety information, historical facts, public service announcements, and downloadable brochures.

Disaster Preparedness for Pets (find it on ipl2)
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/disaster_preparedness_pets.html
Tips to ensure your pets are safe in the event of an emergency or disaster. Includes tips for evacuation in a major disaster, a supply checklist for pets and what to do after the storm. Also includes brochures, tip sheets, and links to information for disaster preparedness for horses and farm animals.

Weather Facts and Trivia for Kids

Freezing rain and snow in the southern United States, in spring?  Some of you may have heard in the news about the extreme weather that we have experienced lately or you may have first-hand experience. If you are curious about severe weather phenomena, check out these websites.

NEW! Fun Weather Facts
http://www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/weathquirky.htm
This section of the Kid Cyber website contains an assortment of fun weather facts for students K-6. Links at the bottom of the page will guide you to specific information on topics like clouds, cyclones and tornadoes and ice.

NEW! Funology: The Science of Having Fun!
http://www.funology.com/thats_odd/listing.cfm?start=6&category=77
Funology.com is dedicated to making science fun with tons of activities, games, jokes, and trivia.  Check out their pages of wacky weather facts!

Sky Diary KIDSTORM (find it on ipl2: For Kids — Math and Science — Earth Science – Weather)
http://skydiary.com/kids/chasing.html
This site has information about weather phenomena such as tornadoes, lightning and hurricanes, as well as storm chasers, who like to observe and study these phenomena up close.

Do it Yourself Weather!

Want to be the next Al Roker or Sam Champion?  These sites offer great tips on building your own weather station so that you can become a forecasting fanatic.

Franklin’s Forecast: Make your own! (find it on ipl2)
http://www.fi.edu/weather/todo/todo.html
This website informs children and teenagers bout various weather phenomena and forecasting. There is a simple experiment demonstrating the causes of El Niño and instructions for building a weather station. There are also links to related science projects, articles, career information, and classroom curricula material.

NEW! Make Your Own Weather Station
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/education/kids/weather_station.html
Powered by the UK’s National Weather Service, this is a fun site for building your own weather station and starting a weather diary.  Once that’s done, feel free to browse the other weather experiments, learn common weather words and explore some fun facts.

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