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And still so much to do...
24 Jan 12 - Completed moving data from original hand-built static pages into a database.
Now the static pages are generated from the database. No note added here when that process was started, but its been a l-o-o-ng job. On this date, all 366 calendar day pages have been generated anew. As a to-do project, the database will enable generating new pages, for example, year-by-year page - which format will include some important people who don't presently show up on the day-by-day pages because the exact date of birth isn't known for them.
18 Jan 09 - Removed guestbook.
Sadly, unwelcome visitors - spam comment robots - are now as thick as flies on cow patties. As fast as their IP is added to the banned list, more appear. The banned list (many thousand long) is growing to the point that the server checking it may slow down delivery of pages to the welcome visitors. Sad, no-win situation. But your comments are still welcome, so please use the email contact.
9 Dec 08 - Added to CSS code to give buttons for left column navigation menu
3 Aug 07 - Added aStore with science books, DVDs and other science items.
26 Jun 07 - Began providing improved printing format for the dates pages.
22 Jun 07 - Began converting all the sites web pages from displaying in frames format to CSS.
18 Jun 07 - Oh my! This site has reached its eighth anniversary.
3 Jun 07 - Hit counter script replaced, and hit counter adjusted to 3,280,359 based on site logs.
1 Dec 06 - After the counter had twice unexpectedly reset to zero, the visitor counter was corrected to an estimated 3,125,288, adjusted using the average of prior months
14 Feb 05 - Completed adding all chapters of Science Stories
31 Dec 04 - Site visits total over 1,747,527.
Nov 04 - Completed 2004 and all months for 2005 Printable Wall Calendar
It prints a calendar grid of scientists for the month of Jun 2004.
Go to the Printable Wall Calendar index
Jan 04 - Added this "What's New?" page
Jan 04 - Added a Printable Wall Calendar feature
It prints a calendar grid for the month of January 2004, designed to print on one sheet of paper. Every date shows a thumbnail image for a scientist of the day with a couple of words giving last name and time period. The bright idea to do this occurred in a flash, but actually constructing the page took many hours. (Perhaps February will go more easily, and a new page monthly after that.) Important as their discoveries may be, you'll find many scientist names are unfamiliar. Don't worry! Just look up that person on the matching web page for that day on this trusty site, and gather a dose of new knowledge.
Go to the Printable Wall Calendar index
03 - More news feeds added to the Current Science News page
The most recent additions are feeds from Science Daily updated - yes - daily; and the British newspaper The Telegraph feature section called Connected which changes weekly.
Go to our page giving Today in Science News
Dec 03 - The visit counter turned over the first million
That's a count of each time the frame set loads, which usually happens only once per visit, even though several more pages may be viewed in the main frame. Changes within that frame are not part of the count. The counter is orange, seen in the far bottom right of the screen. It doesn't count unique individuals, because some number are making return visits.
Dec 03 - The Courier-Journal featured the site
This newspaper, based in Louisville has a large circulation around the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana, and devoted much of the front page of the Features section describing the site, with an impressive large graphic in the print edition drawing from event entries for the day. And yes, the graphic faithfully used the site's banana-yellow and brown hues. The coverage of the site in this article account for a spike in the number of Guestbook entries.
Oct 03 - Added a Guestbook
The world-wide readership was quickly demonstrated in the entries within a few weeks of the launch of the Guestbook. Particularly interesting were the comments by several educators describing how they use the site as resource in the classroom. Teachers reading this may wish to visit these entries in the Guestbook. Use the drop-down box in the top right that says "Guestbook" and select to start at the first entries. If you are moved to add your own message, please give some background about what particular aspect of the site you find interesting, how you use it, or how you found it. (Entering e-mail address is optional, and K-12 students should be careful to remain anonymous.)
03 - The site's fourth anniversary
When it became clearly impossible to keep up with writing 366 complete pages within one human year, the next estimate was "Well, maybe in three years." Ha! Four years down and there is a lot more still to do. Some pages are still rather thread-bare, others have had major attention. But it's still fun.