Educational videos on Google

Fosfor gave a glimpse of the educational videos that are available on Google video too bad i had not looked for them earlier..may be i'll dig something up interesting soon,meanwhile you can check out the search on Google video right here.

Windows LIVE Academic Search BETA

Windows LIVE Academic

I planned to write this post about a week back but since then i've been constantly playing around with Windows Live Academic Search Beta and well i don't see a reason to switch over from Scholar. Yes the interface is kinda catchy..but then all search products of MS are undergoing some serious design overhauls.Well Live academic like its competitor Google scholar directly indexes content directly from the journals allowing better results. Infact they've given a list of the journals that have associated with.I must say the list was impressive but could have been much longer. Of-course you can hang around Academic Search Beta to see all the cosmetic/user experience makeovers.But then its still in BETA and should not be compared with Scholar yet.

If you need a comprehensive review of all the features and nitty gritties check out the links below.For now i am sticking with Scholar..waiting on Academic Live BETA.

Windows Live Academic Search

MSN Search Blog

Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons Search
Full copyright applies to most stuff on the web. But this search helps you find photos, music, text, and other works whose authors want you to re-use it for some uses — without having to pay or ask permission.

What is this?

This search engine will help you find photos, music, text, books, educational material, and more that is free to share or build upon.

Why is this important?

Copyright applies fully and automatically to any work . a photograph, a song, a web page, an article, pretty much any form of expression . the moment it is created. This means that if you want to copy and re-use a creative work you find online, you usually have to ask the author's permission.

This "all rights reserved" protection is good thing for many authors and artists. But what about those who want you to use their work freely without permission — but on certain conditions?

This search engine helps you quickly find those authors and the work they have marked as free to use with only "some rights reserved." If you respect the rights they have reserved (which will be clearly marked, as you'll see) then you can use the work without having to contact them and ask. In some cases, you may even find work in the public domain — that is, free for any use with "no rights reserved."

Examples

Looking for a picture of the Eiffel Tower for a school report? Type "Eiffel Tower," choose the "Image" format, and see what you find.

Interested in music free to download and put in a movie? Type the kind of music you're looking for, choose the "Audio" format, and browse results from across the web.

Try it out. Look for books, weblogs, audio recordings, and more.

Need some stuff for your next presentation..you know where to stop by?Creative Commons

Nature Protocols BETA

Nature is coming up with an interesting initiative where in they publish the protocols of the papers that they publish in a seperate section called the Nature Protocols.The protocols page is coming up for BETA release in ‘mid march’ as the website says with a full release in in June 2006.Too bad that they dont release this as open access as they say that the protocols page would supplement their journal papers,it wouldn;t hurt to release just the protocols as open access so that they can be picked up by search engines.Anyhow this should help people who have to go through a complete paper just to design/adapt a protocol.

Nature Protocols
Protocol categories will include:

Recombinant DNA, protein and other macromolecules
Construction and screening of libraries and arrays of nucleic acids, proteins and chemical compounds
Isolation and purification of biological molecules
Detection and probing of biological molecules
Structural analysis of biological molecules
Functional analysis of biological molecules, including trafficking
Analysis of interactions between biological molecules
Functional analysis of drugs and drug-like entities
Analysis and manipulation of gene expression
Cell and tissue culture
Spectroscopy
Cytometry
Electrophysiology
Imaging
Immunological techniques
Bioinformatics
Chemoinformatics
Model organisms, and assays on, including creation, husbandry, development, behavioural assays, disease models
In silico modelling that, where possible, has been validated experimentally
Nanotechnology

I would also urge you to check out the other BETA from Nature the Nature|Methods BETA Application Notes.It also is a similar service.