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Does exactly what it says on the tin — providing
the answer to almost anything!
The Noah's Ark for the Internet era - the world's
centralised digital library of films, photographs
and sound recordings of species, accessible to all
via the world wide web.
Over 2,100 individual passenger and crew biographies,
regularly updated passenger and crew listings, exclusive
research articles and ongoing discussions about
Literary archeology featuring 'lost' authors.
of Unworkable Devices
Describes the quest for perpetual motion and explains
the physics that meant they couldn't work.
This British Museum site is primarily aimed at kids,
but it enlightening and entertaining nonetheless.
Also see the emuseum
However, for a truly stunning grown-up experience
of the Valley of the Kings, go to the Theban
British led effort to land on Mars as part of the
Space Agency's Mars Express Mission.
Online philosophical debate with links to over 300
Part of the Discovery Channel aimed at kids - learning
One of the oldest cities in the world and this site
leads you through its timeline with lots of multimedia.
The simplest form of camera that can also produce
the most interesting results. This site makes a
spy game of it, while teaching you how to build
your own. Also see this Czech
One of the more convincing conspiracy sites, for
example the reportedly doctored
photo of the scenes of celebration in Baghdad,
a charge denied by the Evening
Standard, though not on its website.
One way of making sense of the world is to put it
all down to a conspiracy (like the moon
landing was filmed in a studio.)
One of the most enduring is that the Illuminati
have pursued a centuries old path towards a new
World Order. If so, they're making a pretty poor
fist of it!
This conspiracy is linked to Masonry, amongst other
things, and Grand Lodge of British Columbia makes
defence, as does Masonicinfo.
Foreign Policy Council
For a supposedly isolationist nation, the US does
like to meddle in the political affairs of other
sovereign states! The AFPC
was set up to influence that policy and, together
with the Interhemispheric
Resource Center, it has set up the think tank,
Policy in Focus.
for War and Peace Reporting
Seeks to promote peace and democracy in areas of
conflict by supporting journalistic coverage of
I like the idea of a secret service having a web
presence. Of course you can also find the MI5
on the web.
However, a search for the "SAS" will lead
you to SAS
Cargo, the Society
for Applied Spectroscopy, Surfers
Against Sewage and umpteen others, but not necessarily
the SAS you're looking for!
Book of Records
The world famous collection of the weird and wonderful
available online. Such as Tom Leppard, the most
tattoed man in the world with 99.9% of his body
covered — as a leopard!
Based at the University of Toronto is this fascinating
collection of old photos, lantern
slides and stereos.
Looking for an old or out of print book? Browse
It is too easy to take what we read on the web at
face value. This site does its best to sort out
the facts from the fiction.
Economics has never been my strong suit, so sites
like this are really welcome. Billed as 'The Battle
for the World Economy,' it offers much more on the
social and political history of the 20th century.
Not sure why philosophers should need their own
magazine — I thought they just were!
But they like to play games apparently, but not
of the shoot-em-up variety.
Excellent UK based history site with detailed articles
on a myriad of subjects. You can also pit your wits
against others in the Whizz
It Or Not
When Robert Ripley began his BION cartoons, he created
a museum of the wierd wonderful, such as the man
a pipe through his eye! The museum
in Blackpool is one of the resort's better value
Issues Research Centre
A useful and informative site, particularly as it
challenges with the media's
obsession with miracle cures, breakthorughs
and health scares.
Voted by the Times as the second most useful website.
Convert the Bahrain dinar to the Tanzanian shilling!
Fascinating history site, from the ancient
world to World
War II. Includes historic recordings.
Lots of informed commentary at this excellent global
think tank site.
Having fun learning never stops!
The rest of the world has a climate — we have
weather! A good way of checking up on our nations
Dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. It includes
features on the techniques
of denial and tricks
of logic. To see revisionism at work, try the
for Historical Review or Lebensraum.
Samuel Pepys historic work transcribed day by day.
A US census project. A constantly updated count
of the world's population.
Been bothered by a wasp? Hate spiders in the bath?
This probably isn't the place for you!
The Smithsonian Institute's online presence. An
eclectic mix of exhibits.
World famous, can I really say more.
An impressive multimedia site that plots our our
rise from simian to human over four million years.
Recommended, although you will need Flash etc.
Bills itself as 'world wide stimulus.' Possibly
accurate as it lists most stuff you might be interested
in. Your browser must be cookie enabled.
The Lemelson Centre for the Study of Invention and
Innovation. Mostly for kids, which means it's cool
for us too!
An alternative view of world events. Although liberal
by instinct, it does provide apparently balanced
coverage. Also see the Agonist.
For completely unbalanced news, try Scrappleface
and that old stalwart The
"Life is a contact sport" is this site's
motto. Challenges health scare stories, such as
SARS, through balanced news stories.
Bureau of Investigation
I'm not sure what J
Edgar Hoover would have made of the CIA website
- probably that it was a commie plot!
James VI & I
The king responsible for knighting a piece of beef,
supposedly giving us 'Sir Loin.' This site gives
comprehensive information about the man who instigated
The site's author admires James' anti-Catholic views
and these are mirrored on the main
site, which also dismisses other faiths and
beliefs. Beware — not only may you find these
views uncomfortable, but the site also has music
and you may want to mute your speakers to avoid
the strains of When
Thou Must Home by Thomas
of American Scientists
Doesn't sound particularly interesting, and it certainly
isn't the prettiest site, but it does contain a
mass of information on WMDs, who's developing them
and how their security services operate, such as
An excellent and fun teaching resource funded by
(National Endowment for Science, Technology and
the Arts) and the Department
of Education and Skills. Good links
Smallpox was officially declared 'eradicated' in
1980, over 180 years after Edward Jenner discovered
a vaccine. Compulsory vaccination began in the UK
in 1853 and made a massive contribution to public
A tongue in cheek debunking of fashionable arguments.
It tells you how
to argue like a sheep, a dictionary
of psuedoscience and a test of your
moral intuition. The site takes its name from
an article by Mary
Midgley attacking Richard
Dawkins, author of the excellent 'The
to Construct an Argument
A guide to help you hold a logical, rational debate.
And there was me thinking all arguments started
with, "I told you you should have turned left!"
Zoom from the Milky Way to the DNA of an oak tree.
A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions,
and Dangerous Delusions and how to think critically
A collection of 30,000 images from combined museums
in the UK depicting different aspects of life.
The interactive news museum with daily
front pages from 260 newpapers in 33 countries.
Lots of information about how your brain works,
such as recognising body language and facial expressions.
An online encyclopaedia of 2,500 signs and symbols.
Here you can previews the entire 3500 hour British
Pathe Film Archive which covers news, sport, social
history and entertainment from 1896 to 1970.
Restricted access to footage of significant events,
such as the Hindenburg disaster, Kennedy in Berlin
and interviews with various notable people. Unrestricted
access costs £4 a year, which isn't bad.
A stunning website that really makes the most of
broadband. It is the culmination of a three year
£1.4 million joint project between IBM and
the Eygptian government to bring history to life.
The world's knowledge online. Excellent site with
such wonders as the Diamond
Sutra, the earlest printed book about the Silk
The web has become the home of hoaxes. Find out
more here, and also which well-trodden stories are
true and false.
A not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to
combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies.
Photographs for every square kilometre of the British
An interesting site analysing civil wars across
the globe, both ancient and modern.
A useful site funded from Lottery money that paints
a social picture of the UK based on information from
the censuses from 1801 to 2001.
of the Times
An alternative news site made popular by its thought
provoking film on 9/11 and the Pentagon
strike. See also Serendipity,
Review for more conspiracy pages. And don't forget
Stories that aren't true, but ought to be, like a
left in a glass of coke will dissolve overnight.
Also see Urban
Legends and Folklore.
The science behind the news, including some neat interactives.
An amazing free program that lets you zoom in from
space to satellite images of where you live.