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Brian Fisher, curator of entomology at the California Academy of Sciences, has such enthusiasm for ants, he can make you feel guilty over spraying the little devils in your kitchen.

Karen Heyman
Nov 20, 2005
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April Nobile http://www.AntWeb.org

Brian Fisher, curator of entomology at the California Academy of Sciences, has such enthusiasm for ants, he can make you feel guilty over spraying the little devils in your kitchen. His entomological evangelism extends to his leadership of AntWeb http://www.antweb.org, the Academy's comprehensive Web resource for ant species.

AntWeb's graphically rich Web site opens its collection – tens of thousands of specimens strong – to both the research community and the general public. That makes AntWeb an interesting visit for anyone with anyone with an entymological bent. But what makes AntWeb unique among life science databases is its integration with Google Earth (GE), a freely available software tool from search goliath Google http://earth.google.com.

GE presents a three-dimensional satellite view of Earth. The image is scaleable, allowing users to zoom from a hemisphere-wide view down to an individual building. GE also incorporates "pushpins" that flag pop-up...