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Science
  • Itty Bitty Blackboard has short articles about the science in the headlines.
  • Science Daily has daily science news.
  • New York Hall of Science
  • Earth and Sky is a daily science radio series. You can listen to an article using RealAudio or you can read the transcript. Also shows what's in the sky each night.
  • Key Sites "Hundreds of the best science sites, reviewed and updated daily by New Scientist magazine, Internet features and the chance to chat with the net editor."
  • The Last Word has questions and answers on various scientific phenomena. For example, you can discover why certain kinds of typos are more common, or what the cause of death is in a crucifixion.
  • Explore Science is graphically extensive and can be slow. However, it is very interesting. And when you're done there, try some more at the Gallery of Interactive Geometry
  • Anomalies As if regular science wasn't hard enough, this site concerns itself with the stuff that doesn't quite fit.
  • Weird Science, from the New Scientist folks, has some weird science alright but also has some heavy duty stuff like how some guys are studying how leeches can do trigonometry (hows that for a come on).
  • Quantum Mechanics is a lot more interesting than it sounds.
  • Time deals with clocks and telling time in a history of timeworks.
  • Useless Information which is very interesting. Examples: how kitty litter came to be or what was that thing that they used to measure your feet when you were buying shoes.
  • Useless Knowledge has little known facts.
  • Fingerprinting
  • Archimedes
  • Ed Surf has links to free education on the Web.
  • Galileo is all about the man.
  • High Speed Photographs taken by students - check out the match as it is struck by a BB.
  • inQuiry Attic sponsored by the Franklin Institute. Topics change but the current one is about the research that the Wright Brothers did on flight which shows them to be meticulous scientists. Pretty interesting if your into that kind of stuff.
  • Water Works is all about fountains and the science in them.
  • How Stuff Works - refrigerators, batteries, cell phones, microwave ovens, Van de Graff generators, and other common, household things.
  • Popular Science
  • Scientific American's Top Science Sites for 2001 has them listed in various categories.
  • The Wizard's Lab has lessons in Physics.
  • Gravity Do they really expect us to believe that there is an invisible force that allows objects to interact over vast distances without the exchange of matter? What is the government trying to keep from us? :)
  • Einstein's Legacy is about the impact of Einstein and the context in which he created his ideas.
  • Einstein
  • Einstein Quotes
  • Einstein Year 2005 is a nice site with experiments, articles, games, links, etc.
  • Einstein is the companion site to the PBS show, "Einstein's Big Idea".
  • Albert Einstein - includes original notes, letters, etc.
  • Spacetime is an explanation of relativity.
  • The Horizon Moon Illusion Did you ever wonder why the moon seems larger when it is close to the horizon? Well, these folks did and they give a pretty interesting presentation of the competing theories.
  • Smithsonian Science is the official Smithsonian Institute site for science.
  • Explore Science uses the Shockwave plugin to explore various areas of science.
  • Virtual Cave is all about caves.
  • Snow Crystals includes photos and tips on taking photographs of snow.
  • Boston Museum of Science
  • The Science Museum in the UK.
  • TryScience requires Java and Javascript. There are a number of experiments that you can carry out with household materials.
  • Invention Dimension is all about inventing stuff. Get advice. Go for the prizes.
  • The Mad Scientist Network has great questions and answers. You can submit your question for an answer from a real mad scientist (it's not that they're very angry, they just belong to the Mad Scientist Network).
  • eNature has field guides to trees, wildflowers, birds, spiders, butterflies, seashells, mammals, as well as a number of other categories. There are news stories, a bird finder to help identify birds, a night sky map, and a host of other interesting things.
  • Bug Bios has great photos and info on bugs.
  • Science Master has a wealth of information on science subjects including downloadable videos.
  • Popular Science's Best of the Web is a collection of 50 great science sites.
  • Science Photos includes a search engine to find the photo of the scientific phenomena of your choice.
  • Computer Science has annotated links to all kinds of sites related to computer science such as artifical intelligence, cryptography, programming, etc.
  • Al Bodzin's Home Page for Science Educators has some information on ideas that Al used in his science courses.
  • Science Toys You Can Make With Your Kids - no recipes for napalm but the site does have a lot of other neat things you can make that demonstrate scientific principles.
  • Science Toymaker - some interesting toys that you can make, site has explanations of the science behind the toy.
  • Rat Lab is for all of us mad scientists. Now, don't hurt yourself.
  • Live Science is a great collection of science material presented in a very accessible manner. There a lot of great photos.
  • The Anomalies of Water is a rather thick diatribe on the anomalies of water. Water is pretty amazing but the author needs to lighten up.
  • Breakthrough Awards 2004 - from Popular Mechanics.
  • Stephen Hawking Lectures - transcripts.
  • American Library Association's GreatSites 700 sites that are aimed at "...kids and adults who care about them."
  • Live Science - site has a bunch of easily digestible stories, facts, myths, etc.
  • EduPodder has podcasts for upper level grades and just for keeping oneself generally educated.
  • Atmospheric Optics - all about rainbows, sun dogs, anti-crepuscular rays, and other effects of light interacting with matter.
  • Science Madness- a collection of old science textbooks and treatises that you can download and read in PDF format. Also includes documents from the Los Alamos Project.
  • Live Science - is a science portal. Read about all kinds of funky science in the news. Exploding kangaroos, paralyzing light beam weapons, and other recent research findings that are interesting but not real geeky.
  • Science Hack - has videos (utube) that have been screened for relevance in various science categories like physics, chemistry, etc.
  • Robert Krampf Science Education - has a number of quick science demonstrations like using a pinhole in paper in case you don't have your glasses.
  • Darwin Online Project has his complete works online, including manuscripts and other written material.
  • Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Science and Technology is great browsing.
  • WorldWide Telescope is a free download from Microsoft that simulates having many different and powerful telescopes at your disposal. Worth checking out.
  • Science Hack - has videos (youtube) that have been screened for relevance in various science categories like physics, chemistry, etc.
  • Intro to Programming - nice set of video presentations about programming. C is used for the examples.
  • Kathy Schrocks Guides is a collection of sites for educators categorized by subject area.
  • udacity - site has a small number of free, online courses mostly in technology.
  • Coursera free higher ed courses online about 120 courses are available at this time.
  • iversity free MOOC (massive open online course) courses online.
  • Kahn Academy - free, online learning.
  • undark explores the ethical side of science such as the use of genetically engineered animals and the use of pesticides on marijuana crops.
Space
  • Skyhound shows where things are in the night sky.
  • Skymaps - gives you a sky map in pdf format that you can print out.
  • Astroviewer - is a java applet that lets you see the night sky and lets you interact with it to identify objects.
  • Sky at a Glance - from Sky and Telescope, shows you what is in the night sky for each day of the current week.
  • Mars Rover This is the 'official' site with plenty of pictures and information.
  • Latest photos of the Face On Mars
  • Recent Mars photos
  • The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) "The Earth photos feature spectacular views of Antarctica girdled by beautiful polar weather patterns. A movie of the encounter will be posted shortly."
  • The The NinePlanets is a pleasant, and informative, presentation of the planets. Also, The Lunar and Planetary Institute has some interesting material on Mars, especially.
  • NASA's Planetary Photojournal is a compendium of photos of all of the planets and their moons. Excellent quality although it could be easier to navigate.
  • NASA Gallery is the best place to start if you want space images.
  • NASA Images Database has over 300,000 images in a searchable database. You can browse, too. The site uses thumbnails for speed. Check out some very strange looking experimental aircraft that we paid for with our taxes.
  • NASA Earth Observatory has great pictures of Earth.
  • DSCOVR:EPIC has pictures of Earth that are 12 to 36 hours old. Shots are taken from the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC).
  • Western Aerospace Museum page has a feature on Women in Space. Also has a very neat, 360 degree picture of Mars.
  • NASA Photo Library
  • JSC - the Johnson Space Center, has a lot of images . There is a collection of earth observations which identify detailed pictures of the earth by latitude and longitude.
  • The NASA Observatorium has images, games, e-postcards, and real, remote-sensing data.
  • The Best of the Galileo Project is a collection of great pictures taken during the Galileo mission.
  • Visit the NASA site at least once. Check out the pictures (if you can be patient enough to wait for them to download). The site also has downloadable movies and audio clips. Check out the Galileo Project.
  • The Mars Project from NASA. This has all of the information that NASA collected and continues to collect about Mars.
  • Mars 2001 Odyssey Thermal Emissions Imaging System - shows pictures of the surface of Mars. The pictures change often.
  • Google Mars is a Google map of Mars that you can zoom in.
  • Bill Nye, the Science Guy can usually explain things in easy to understand language.
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Moon shows you the various features of the moon. Not the easiest site to navigate but the material is interesting.
  • Space Zone Sponsored by Warne International Communications, this site is devoted to the space program. Features video or the week, forums, schedule of events, etc.
  • Shuttle&Mir photos. Great pictures.
  • Earthrise Pictures is a collection of pictures of Earth taken from space. Has a searchable database if you're interested in specific areas.
  • Astrological Photos by an amateur photographer (Jeff MacQuarrie). View them to the strains of Pink Floyd's "Echoes".
  • Peoria Astronomical Society" ...with a calendar of the month's celestial events, galaxies of (undescribed) links, constellation notes, and a slew of data on the solar system's most prominent bodies. You also get a beginner's guide to stargazing, a fascinating article on black holes, ..."
  • Passes and the German Space Operations Centre tell you when a piece of space equipment, like the Hubble Space Telescope, will be overhead and will be visible to the naked eye.
  • JTrack2 shows the positions of various spacecraft.
  • J-Track 3D is a Java applet that lets you see some hundreds of satellite orbits. There is even a pull-down list if you know the name of a specific satellite.
  • Satellite Tracker - shows you where to look in the night sky to see an artificial body.
  • The Mercury Project or "The return of John Glenn".
  • The Solar System Sponsored by National Geographic, this is a great site for various views of the planets and solar system. The site includes movies and animations.
  • We Choose the Moon is a great history of the American project to get to the moon.
  • The Record of Apollo has the complete transcripts of all communications made during Apollo missions 11 to 17 with some RealAudio clips.
  • Apollo Image Gallery has some great images that have not been seen in other collections.
  • Apollo 18
  • The Space Sciences Laboratory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center This is not just another space center. There is a variety of material here that is interestingly presented.
  • How Big is the Solar System Enter a size for the sun -- one that you can easily imagine -- say an inch or maybe a foot, the site will generate the resulting relative distances to the planets.
  • Global View from Space is an interactive site that gives you a view of earth from space. You can move all over the earth. The view is from almost real time photos.
  • Hubble Space Telescope - pictures and animations.
  • The Hubble Site has amazing pictures as well as everything you might want to know about the telescope.
  • NOAA's Eye in the Sky This site contains satellite pictures of disasters like oil spills, forest fires, floods, etc. Updated daily.
  • Space Telescope Science Institute has great astronomy pictures including the classic "Giant Twister". Various resolutions and sizes to fit your needs.
  • AstroPix includes the astronomical picture of the day.
  • Shuttle Net has everything you wanted to know about the shuttle and its current mission.
  • Web Nebulae has great pictures of nebulae.
  • The Leonids are meteorites that show up in mid November. Also, see Sky and Telescope's 'The Return of the Leonids'
  • How to Spot the Leonids from the NASA folks.
  • The Leonids from the NASA folks.
  • What's Out Tonite tells you what is viewable in the night sky.
  • American Meteor Society
  • Spacer is heavy duty news for space freaks.
  • Stardate Online is from the U of Texas. This site has a section on meteor showers, how to spot the planets, what to watch for in the coming week, plus other well written and presented material.
  • Where Are They Now Did you ever think about where spacecraft are put after they are used and return to Earth? Well, all of you questions are answered at this site.
  • Astronomical Images has great photos of astronomical phenomena.
  • The Inconstant Moon, quoted from Shakespeare, is an interesting tour of the moon - each day it shows points of interest that will be visible that night.
  • Space.com is a general space site. It also has a collection of recent tabloid articles about aliens.
  • Space Educator's Handbook is a somewhat disorganized collection of information about space and related topics. This is a huge site that is rich with material but is hard to navigate. Good browsing.
  • The Sky at Night is a companion site to the BBC broadcast by Patrick Moore that has been running for 35 years. Various topics related to space. Also has a section on buying a telescope.
  • Heavens Above will give you in your local area the best times to spot satellites, iridium flares, the space shuttle, and other heavenly sights. Too bad they still expect you to understand algebra to make sense of where to look. You can register or not as best suits you.
  • Skymaps lets you download a map of the sky in a number of formats. Includes a list of things to look for in the evening sky.
  • Women of NASA has profiles of the women who currently work at NASA along with advice to young women who are interested in a career at NASA.
  • The Whole Mars Catalogue is an excellent source of info on Mars including pictures.
  • Spaceref.com is a great reference site for all things related to outer space.
  • Auroras is all about the southern and northern lights.
  • The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory has some great pictures of the sun and solar phenomena.
  • Space News is an excellent stop for all your space news needs.
  • Sightings is a NASA site that tells you when satellites and space stations will be visible in the night sky.
  • Space Station is a great site about the new space station. Track the station in real time, check out when it will be visible in your area, get info on upcoming missions, etc.
  • Philadephia Area International Space Station Sightings shows when the space station should be visible over the next couple of weeks.
  • International Space Station Sightings predictions of sightings of the International Space Station - visible to the naked eye and transiting the sky in about a couple of minutes.
  • SpaceKids is a NASA site designed for kids. Includes news, interactive lessons, etc.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day is a NASA site that has a different picture each day of an astronomical phenomena. The text has links to related information which adds to the depth of the material for each day. There is an archive.
  • Visible Earth is full of great pictures taken from space. The pictures are grouped into subject areas such as volcanoes, ice, atmosphere, vegitation, etc.
  • Galileo is full of information on the Saturn system collected from the Galileo project. Be prepared to spend some time here 'cause the pictures are great.
  • Aurora has pictures of the Aurora Borealis.
  • Astronomy Links - searchable index with categories like astronomy, light polution, planets, binoculars, etc.
  • Moon Trees This site tracks the trees grown from seeds taken on a moon mission.
  • Sunspots This site has movies and still pictures of sunspots. Be sure to wear your smoked glasses.
  • Explore Mars Now is a high tech site about colonizing Mars. The site won a Webby award.
  • HiRise - High resolution photos of Mars from NASA.
  • Space Sounds - listen to the history of space exploration.
  • Clear Dark Sky - shows hourly forecast of how clear the sky will be - useful for star gazing or photography.
  • Cape Canaveral Virtual Tour is a rather extensive visual tour, with a narrative, of the old Canaveral site.
  • Space Daily is the go-to site for news about what's happening in the space space.
  • SpaceWeather - gives data on the solar winds, radiation from solar flares, aurora alerts, and sunspots. The site has some other more useful information about what's happening in the sky.
  • Ask the Skyguy The Skyguy answers questions about astronomy in little movie clips.
  • Pictures of the sun Probably the most amazing pictures of the sun that you will ever see.
  • The Virtual Telescope shows you what a robotically controlled telescope sees. Various 'events' are spotlighted and the site includes interesting articles related to space.
  • SkyCal Print a calendar that shows celestial events such as moon phases and eclipses.
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