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Compendium May 2007 (Vol 29, No 5)

Web Sights (May 2007)

    To Dispose of Old Cell Phones


    Don't toss your old cell phone in the garbage; instead, give it to a local zoo of your choice. More than 100 zoos and charitable organizations in the United States and Canada collect cell phones to give to Eco-Cell, a Kentucky-based recycler that donates up to $15 to the zoos and charities for each working phone received. Zoos can put this money toward conservation and education, and Eco-Cell donates a large number of phones to charities and low-income communities. More than 130 million phones are discarded each year, but through Eco-Cell, you can help keep the lead and arsenic your phone contains out of landfills and groundwater. The site has all the information you need about the organization and how to donate. So "zoo" it today!

    How Many Ounces in a Liter?


    This site, provided by The Institute of Chemistry in Berlin, Germany, offers a simple conversion tool for all types of scientific measurements as well as separate converters for currency and temperature. And it's in English. So if you want to quickly learn how many milliliters are in 2 cups or how warmly you should dress when it's 10°C outside, this is the place to go. It's easy to use: simply choose from an extensive list of measurements on the "from" side and the desired measurement on the "to" side, and the results quickly pop up. Don't be overwhelmed by the vast number of choices-once you start using it, it seems less cluttered.

    Pathogen Pronunciation


    There's more than one reason to visit this site, which was designed for medical students by a microbiology professor, but our favorite features are the pronunciation guides. Do you ever freeze before attempting to pronounce a fungal, bacterial, or parasitic pathogen, although you know what it is and even how to spell it? Thanks to this site, you'll never again treat the "y" in Dipylidium as if it were silent, and you'll wow your colleagues with your mastery of the three correct ways to pronounce Clostridium difficile. There are many links from this site: you can view a series of lecture notes on infectious disease, including many of the zoonotic diseases familiar to veterinarians; peruse images of all kinds of bacteria and fungi; and read a great review on Gram staining. These, plus many other worthwhile links, make this a fun and educational place to visit.

    Emailed Suggestion


    This product-centric site provides useful information, and the PowerPoint-type tests are fun to take. For dermatology, topicals and atopy are emphasized; for endocrinology, there is one module on hypothyroidism. Heartworm disease is also covered. Free CE credit is available.

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