My Favorite Links


Natarajan Ganesan PhD MBA

 

 

 

 

General Search
Tell me your favorite sites, and I will tell who you are'. It is no exaggeration to modify the old proverb of knowing a person by the company he keeps. Such is the influence of internet in our daily lives. Here are few of the sites I visit, some more often than the others. Hope you find them useful.

If you wish to look up for information anything under the sun, many search engines are available. I use Google for most purposes, though I occasionally I do use others like yahoo, msn, lycos or even Britannica etc. For those requiring language assistance, I use Dictionary.com or Oxford English dictionary. For health and medical purposes I like to visit WebMD for answers on any health related questions (You still have to visit your doctor anyway!). Another useful and informative site is Medline plus®. This site is maintained by the US National Library of Medicine and the US National Institutes of Health.

Research Scientific...
Professionally speaking, I frequent Pubmed for any scientific reference. Pubmed is but a part of entire biomedical portal offered by the NCBI. An entire range of information is available from comparing mapped genomes to viewing structures of crystallized biomolecules. Besides looking up relevant literature, additional information on sequence databases for nucleic acids/proteins are also available. Some of the most popular links in this site are the 'BLAST' series that offer DNA/RNA/protein sequence comparison from various public databases, The Protein Data Bank (PDB), ExPASy (Proteomics server). Quite a few of them are public resource with 'free source codes', 'executables' and 'downloads' it is up to any creative biomedical programmer design a relevant search engine. Recently, I came across one of the online portals for drug design (drugdesign.org), which has an impressive array of tools and resources for carrying out a variety of sequence related operations. Personally, I would like to recommend two new tools our team has developed to help sequence profiling and locating sequence records in the web. They are InstaSeq and SEQUEROME, developed by our team here at the Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Unit at the Georgetown University. Be sure check out this site for further updates from my research group.  Over the few years Biomed Central has increasingly become a popular portal for publishing in life sciences. It is also a place to look out for submissions to 'completely online e-Journals' which is becoming a kind of norm nowadays. Speaking of enzymes and their nomenclature, I have found sites by IUBMB and swissprot and BRENDA to be very helpful for those any seeking information on any particular enzyme, enzymatic reaction or substrates based enzyme look up. I had a brief stint in electrochemistry designing biosensors. For basics in electrochemistry I look up to Electrochemistry dictionary occasionally. As a part of routine lab life one is constantly on the look out for suppliers for any chemical or a kit or instrument. For Supply hunters, I would suggest  BiosupplyNet or Sciquest.com. For those not confident of their molarity conversion stuff while working at their bench, I would suggest a readymade molarity calculator to rid of their molarity blues!

Jobs...
Companies or academia, job hunting is a never ending source of concern. Generic sites like Monster.com, Hotjobs.com cater to any type of employment one may seek. For more specific needs of the science community, Science magazine has a well organized online search engine that caters to all science community.  Craigslist.org is rapidly becoming a global-local community portal and jobs are one hot segment in this portal. Using a Google Co-op one can customize the search to look for similar science jobs across all cities. For example freshly posted jobs on Craigslist gives you relevant listings across the cities OR if you wish to cover all the job portals Science Jobs (Google CSE) lists listings across major job portals. Others like newscientistjobs.comNature magazine, Biomednet, Sciencejobs.com are good too. Many other sites have sprung up to address specific needs of scientists in industry. DNAjobs, Medzilla, are some of them. Vault.com provides useful insider information about companies before u join them.

Seidhigal, Samachar, News...
I am a news buff and any news affecting the place I live or I come from is foremost for me. Wherever I travel, I keep a tab of happenings of 'mera bharat mahaan' by visiting samachar.com. I like this site because, I can get the main headlines from all the major Indian newspapers in one go (not excluding the imperative BBC and CNN!!!). So if I have to know what is happening in Sembakkam or Sion or what is happening at the national/international scene, you know the site to look out for. The site has now expanded to serve the interests of all the 'desis' worldwide. For those looking to stick to Chennai alone, sites like Chennai online is a good site. Chennai is fast becoming one the portals for desis abroad who wish to gift their folks back home. A few of these sites are Chennai plaza, Bharatplanet. Each site has its own unique services, you have visit them to check it out. Mera USA is always there on all major news sites like ABC news, CBS news. Fox5 news or Washington post, Washington Times, USA Today  for more local flavor.

Movies, Music...
I love music with a special taste for South Indian Carnatic Music. I love listening old (some new ones too) Hindi and Tamil movie songs. Internet is flooded with many sites that allow you to listen (replete with pop up ads, of course!). Some of my favorite ones are Raaga, Music India online. If you wish to share and store some of these songs, Indian key has a good collection of them. For those wanting to know about carnatic music and raagas, right now I visit raaga.net (presumably different from the earlier link I mentioned). For the connoisseurs who wish to keep track of the sabhas and kutcheris, carnaticmusic.com offers them everything from new budding artistes, interviews with stalwarts to discussions on modern trends in carnatic music. For a more detailed listing do visit my webspace in Yahoo.

I sleep at movies but go with my friends for company. If you want just show times and reviews any there are many of them around like yahoo, msn, Lycos etc besides movies, fandango etc. However, if you have to settle disputes as to which actor won an Oscar in 1956 or which director made some other film, I would recommend Internet movie database.

Vedic Astrology...
One of my hobbies is also vedic-astrology. Not a prediction expert by any means, I mainly like to compute horoscopes. Theory and basis of Ayanamsa in Hindu astrology interests me too. There are any number of free sites for getting horoscopes prepared. For those of you with a penchant for computation, I would suggest Astro. There are also other sites like Vedicfuture, Hindu Astrology etc. If you are a person loving to play with a software do visit Junior Jyotish.

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