In the mood for a little lollygagging? Want to learn something interesting about your favorite subject? We recommend these websites to anyone seeking bio-entertainment.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Biointeractive features short films, lectures, click and learn mini-lessons, a virtual museum, and the earth viewer app. But the six virtual labs are the website’s main claim to fame. These fully interactive biomedical lab simulations cover topics such as stickleback evolution, immunology, and neurophysiology.
The US National Library of Medicine features a collection of on-line exhibits. Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body welcomes you into an autopsy lab; you can take part in a virtopsy, a virtual autopsy that uses imaging technology to perform an autopsy without destroying human tissue. You can also examine exhibits such as Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine and Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.
DBriers.com contains short, straight-forward articles on a wide range of topics, with clear images and graphics. There are also three games to play to help reinforce the concepts of gram staining, cytoplasmic streaming, and the Krebs cycle.
Harvard University’s BioVisions has absolutely amazing animation of The Inner Life of a Cell and The Mitochondria. Their graphics must be seen to be believed. You can also watch lectures and view other helpful but less awe-inspiring animated films.
Sarah Bellham’s Histology-World is dedicated to the premise that histology can be beautiful, interesting, and fun. You will find histology games, videos, quizzes, and explanations.