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Microbes in the News preview


Our (that is, we humans') newscasts and newspapers are presented in segments or departments, such as weather, sports, entertainment, or local news. Have you ever wondered what departments the news might have, if it were the news broadcast to all those microbes out there in TV-land? Find out by tuning in to Microbes in the News. Our savvy roving microbial reporters are constantly scanning major news sources in the popular human press for stories relevant to you, our microscopic viewers.

The CD-ROM version of Microbes in the News will have a largely television newscast feel. The World-Wide Web version will have a presentation more akin to a printed newspaper. In each case, the news will be presented in topics relevant to a viewership/readership of microorganisms. The stories are derived from one or more citations found in magazines and newspapers commonly available in school libraries, such as Scientific American, Discover, The New York Times and Science News. The hot news topic areas often change as polls and ratings fluctuate, but the current segments of Microbes in the News include:

Individual news items will include citations of one or more popular press articles or television or radio newscasts, a summary of key points of the news items relevant to microbial ecology, and comments by one or more scientists about their views on the story. Besides accessing stories via the microbial view of the news outlined above, newshounds will be able to look up stories based on lists arranged alphabetically by story titles, chronologically by date, or filtered to show only stories from particular source. The web version will allow students (and teachers) to pose questions about news items to scientists. Common questions and scientists' responses will be linked to the associated news stories.

So for the best in microbial news coverage... stay tuned to this channel!


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The DLC-ME is being developed by the Comm Tech Lab and the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University.