Life, Earth and Health Sciences Magazine relaunched

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The popular Science Magazine which aggregates information in biology, in geography and in the health sciences was relaunched to now include 36m references and 1m reviews

Life, Earth and Health Sciences was originally launched in November 1998 as the online version of the French science magazine "Eurêka - Le magazine des sciences" published by Bayard since 1995. During the past two decades, it has emerged as a major aggregator of scientific information in biology, in the applied life sciences agriculture, horticulture and forestry, in the earth sciences, in the environmental sciences, and in the health sciences.

The high-traffic (ca. 50,000 hits per day) website includes one science research category which features over 36m references in the natural sciences. The category provides scholary information and links to peer-reviewed papers, research articles, theses, books, abstracts, and other scholarly literature on the basic and applied life, earth and health sciences.

Two other categories provide definitions and information for a total of ca. 1.1m scientific keywords and science keyphrases popular in the biological and geographical sciences, and on the health sciences.

Biology is the scientific study of life examining the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution of organisms. It describes and classifies organisms, discovers how they evolved, and explains the interactions they have with each other and with the natural environment. The site features the many disciplines of biology including botany, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, ecology, cell theory, evolution, gene theory, homeostasis, and taxonomy.

Horticulture is the art, science or practice of producing garden plants (fruits, berries, nuts, vegetables, flowers, trees, shrubs, and turf) to improve crop yield, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to insect pests, diseases, and environmental stresses. We provide information about their propagation, production, breeding, genetic engineering, biochemistry and physiology including postharvest,storage, processing, and transportation. The extensive horticulture section focusses on the cultivation and production of primary and secondary fruit and vegetable species. The "fruits" category focusses on the aspects of the cultivation and production of temperate, subtropical and tropical fruits, and includes numerous references to viticulture and enology, the science and technology of tablegrapes and winemaking. The "vegetables" category presents scientific and commercial aspects of the cultivation and production of vegetables including those of bamboo agronomy.

The forestry category covers the art, science or practice of managing forests and related natural resources. it provides information about growing and tending of trees and forests to provide timber as raw material for wood products, and to manage wildlife habitats, natural water supply, recreation, landscape and community protection, biodiversity, watershed, and sinks for atmospheric carbon dioxide.

The environment category provides scientific and other information on aspects of environmental protection, natural heritage conservation, sustainable living, environmental impact of technologies, and global environmental change.

The society category covers the interactions of the life sciences and agricultural technology with the broader society. Topics include policy about science and technology, ethics in science and technology, societal groups, legal applications of science and technology, speculations about future science and technology, and the proper use and misuse of the life sciences and technologies in commerce and public.

The health category focuses on topics related to human and animal health, and medicine.


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