About The Blackout Syndrome
Someone notices something not quite right. A specialist
is called in. After days of staring at disconnected facts and chasing
red herrings into dead ends, suddenly two facts click together, then three,
then four. A pattern emerges. What started as a hunch progresses to a
dead certainty and eventually it's proved beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Sound like a detective story? It could be. But it
also describes an archaeological discovery, a new math theorem, or the
development of a promising new antivirus drug.
It is Access Excellence's belief that a well-written
mystery, with its intriguing characters, puzzles of logic and leaps
of intuition, is a natural way to teach science. We hope that this fictional
online story will help biology students around the world to get inspired
by the real mysteries awaiting them beyond the classroom.
We appreciate your feedback.
Finding Your Way Around
go to an info page, use the 'BACK' button on your Web browser to return
to the story.
The website is divided into these sections:
- The Blackout Syndrome: The Access Excellence
science mystery. If you get lost, use this link
to go to the main page.
- More Info: This page; a guide to The
- Contest and
Winners. Access Excellence originally
presented this science mystery as an on-line serial contest, with
a new chapter released to the Web each week. Hundreds of schools
across the nation competed to solve the mystery. You can find the
winning answers listed at the end of each Episode.
- Links: Includes links
to websites of interest to participants in The Blackout Syndrome
About Access Excellence
Excellence is a national science education
program that provides high school biology and life sciences teachers
access to their colleagues, scientists, and critical sources of new
scientific information via the World Wide Web.
is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures
and markets human pharmaceuticals for significant unmet medical needs.
The company has headquarters in South San Francisco, California, and
is traded on the New York and Pacific Stock Exchanges under the symbol
Communications, based in San Francisco,
is the developer and producer of MysteryNet (http://www.mysterynet.com),
"The fun and challeng ing mystery website". Along with being the producer
of MysteryNet, Newfront provides a range of services including the development
and licensing of online mysteries. Newfront developed and produced The
Blackout Syndrome for Access Excellence.
Newfront can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Project Team
Ken Eklund, writerguy,
has been writing scripts and stories for interactive media since 1988.
He has contributed writing and direction to over a dozen published electronic
works, including the CD-ROM games Eagle Eye Mysteries, its sequel Eagle
Eye Mysteries In London, and Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Harbinger. His
office is in San Jose, California.
is an accomplished illustrator specializing in editorial and advertising
projects. Her computer-generated art has appeared in Newsweek, Cottage
Life, Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, and increasingly on the Internet.
Her office is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Kim Obbink works with Access Excellence on a variety
of projects related to distance learning. She has developed numerous
national distance learning programs delivered via the Internet. Kim
is the Co-Director of www.scienceteacher.org, a National
Teachers Enhancement Network project at Montana State University.
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An Access Excellence Science Mystery
sponsored by Genentech, Inc.
The Blackout Syndrome was written
by Ken Eklund, illustrated by Candace Lourdes, and produced by Newfront
Copyright © 1996 Newfront
Communications. Artwork copyright © 1996 Candace Lourdes. All
rights reserved. Do not duplicate or redistribute in any form.