Web Directories and Search Engines
- Bing - Microsoft's alternative web search engine.
- Google - The most frequently used web search engine.
- TinEye - A search engine that uses pictures for input.
- Wayback Machine - An archive of old webpages.
- Whois - A useful website for looking up IP addresses.
- High Energy Observatories
- HEASARC - Scientific and general information on NASA's X-ray and gamma ray observatories.
- Optical and Near-Infrared Observatories
- Space Telescope Science Institute Home Page - The operation center for the Hubble Space Telescope.
- National Optical Astronomy Observatories - The national organization that runs public observatories in the US and Chile.
- ESO - The European organization that operates telescopes in Chile, including the Very Large Telescope.
- UKIRT Homepage - One of the oldest infrared telescopes on Mauna Kea.
- NASA Infrared Telescope Homepage - One of the smaller infrared telescopes on Mauna Kea.
- Mid-Infrared and Far-Infrared Observatories
- IPAC Home Page - Information on a number of infrared telescopes and observing programs.
- Herschel Science Centre - The webpage for the Herschel Space Observatory, the currently-operating far-infrared space telescope.
- Spitzer Space Telescope - The NASA infrared space telescope launched in 2003.
- Spitzer Science Center - The professional website for the Spitzer Space Telescope.
- Infrared Space Observatory - The far-infrared space observatory that operated from 1996 to 1998.
- Submillimeter and Radio Telescopes
- Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array - The website with information on ALMA for the general public.
- ALMA Science Portal at ESO - Information on ALMA for European astronomers.
- JCMT Homepage - One of Mauna Kea's older submillimeter telescopes.
- Submillimeter Array - A submillimeter telescope on Mauka Kea made up of multiple antennae.
- Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics - An organization that provides most observing support for radio astronomers in the United Kingdom.
- National Radio Astronomy Observatory - Scientific and general information on the NRAO's radio observatories.
- Journals and Other Publications
- The ADS Abstract Service - A large index of abstracts for scientific articles.
- arXiv.org e-Print archive - Preprints of scientific articles on physics and related sciences.
- The Astronomical Journal - Another well-respected American journal in astronomy.
- Astronomy & Astrophysics - A scientific journal based in Europe.
- The Astrophysical Jornal - The most widely read scientific journal in astronomy.
- Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society - The most prominent astronomical journal from the United Kingdom.
- Databases and Scientific Image Archives
- Earth Impact Database - Data, including maps and tables, about impact craters on Earth.
- HyperLeda - A database with galaxy measurements.
- JPL Solar System Dynamics - Scientific data on the planets, planetary satellites, and other objects in the Solar System.
- NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive - Infrared and submillimeter data from NASA-related telescopes.
- NASA - Eclipse Home Page - Extensive information on past and upcoming lunar and solar eclipses.
- NED - The NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database, a database of information on galaxies.
- SIMBAD Astronomical Database - A detailed database of stars and other objects.
- VizieR Service - Access to most astronomical catalogs.
- The IDL Astronomy User's Library - Useful IDL programs for astronomy data processing.
- CASA - The software package used for radio astronomy data reduction.
- Starburst 99 - Produces synthetic spectra of galaxies with star formation activity.
- Astronomy Tools - Produces useful almanac information for amateur and professional astronomy.
- SunCalc - A tool that overlays the position of the Sun on Google Maps.
- FITS Support Office - Reference information on the file formal used for astronomical data.
- The STScI Digitized Sky Survey - Digitized versions of scientific photographic surveys of the entire sky.
- SKY-MAP.ORG - An easy-to-use graphical interface for viewing constellations and Sload Digital Sky Survey images.
- Astronomy Picture of the Day - Features photos from both amateur and professional astronomers.
- American Astronomical Society - The American organization for professional astronomers.
- AAS Job Register - Professional astronomy job listings.
- International Astronomy Meetings - A thorough list of all professional astronomy meetings.
- AstroBetter - Tips and tricks for professional astronomers.
- ScienceWorld - Reference pages on physical sciences and mathematics from Wolfram Research.
- ARKive - Information about, photos of, and videos of animals around the world.
- WebElements - A useful web version of the periodic table of the elements.
- The Wooden Periodic Table Table - A website about a table with a sarcastic name that won the IgNoble Prize.
- HowStuffWorks - The sceince and engineering behind everyday things.
Medicine and Psychology
- NHS - Information on both the United Kingdom government medical services and general health issues.
- WebMD - General health and medicine reference information.
- NetDoctor.co.uk - Information on diseases and medications as well as other health information.
- DreamBank - An archive of people's notes on their dreams.
- Try It Yourself - A small collection of interactive psychology experiments.
Pseudoscience and Urban Legends
- James Randi Educational Foundation homepage - The organization run by James Randi, a popular skeptic of paranormal claims.
- Urban Legends Reference Page - An archive of analyses of urbal legends.
- Skeptical Science - A website devoted to debunking claims that global warming is not happening.
- Circlemakers - The people who have made the most famous crop circles.
- TheConverterSite - A website with very sophisticated unit conversion tools.
- www.statman.info - Another website with multiple unit conversion tools.
- Units of Measurement - Information and historical background on almost all units of measurement.
- Powers of Ten - A website based on the Charles and Ray Eames movie showing one scene at different scales.
- What's New by Bob Park - A weekly column by a physicist that comments on science and the government.
- Emilio Segre Visual Archives - Historical photos of famous physicists and astronomers.
Language and Literature
English Language Information
- Merriam-Webster Online - An online dictionary run by the premier American dictionary publishers.
- Cambridge Dictionary Online - An online version of the university's UK English dictionary.
- Bartleby.com - A collection of very good online books that includes classical literature and frequently-used reference books.
Other Language Information
- Babel Fish Translation - A universal translation tool provided by AltaVista.
- Omniglot - A guide to alphabets and other writing systems.
- Native American Langauge Net - A guide to Native American languages that includes other cultural information.
- Japanese - English Dictionary - An excellent Japanese/English dictionary.
- The Kanji Site - Lessons for learning kanji.
- Japanese Engrish - Mistranslations of the English language on Japanese products and signs.
Web Page Writing Tools
- W3 Schools - Excellent tutorials and information on a plethora of web development topics.
- W3C Markup Validation Service - A tool for ensuring that webpages are written correctly.
- GRSites.com - A repository of graphics and other files for building web pages.
- Subtle Patterns - Neutral background tiles.
- Open Clip Art Library - A collection of free graphics.
- Tartan Maker - A utility for making custom patterns of plaid.
- GNU Emacs Manual - The manual for the GNU version of the popular Linux text editor.
- VI Helpfile - Information on using this old text editor.
- Coyote's Guide to IDL Programming - Useful tips on writing good IDL programs.
- U of W Astronomy IDL Page - Information on using IDL.
- ProcessLibrary.com - Easily-accessed information on various Windows processes.
- SourceForge.net - A repository of open-source software.
- DOSBox - An MS-DOS emulator.
- Unix/Linux Command Reference - A list of basic Linux commands from FOSSwire.com.
- Python Programming Language - General information and software related to the Python programming language.
- The Jython Project - Information on jython, a version of Python implemented on a Java platform.
- The Java Tutorial - Lessons on learning the object-oriented programming language.
- LaTeX Project - A popular document preparation system.
- The Improved Sorting Algorithm Demo - Shows Java code and graphical representations of various sorting algorithms.
- Fight Spam on the Internet! - A web page devoted to campaigning against spam, with reference information on dealing with spam.
- BBC News - The news from the United Kingdom's government-sponsored broarcasters.
- CNN - Web pages with news stories from the popular cable news network.
- Reuters - The news source for major news networks and newspapers.
- Retro Report - Videos from the New York Times that examine past news stories.
- The Guardian - One of the United Kingdom's best-known newspapers.
- Manchester Confidential - News about culture, entertainment, food, and drink in Manchester.
- Manchester Evening News - Manchester's most prominent newspaper.
- Taegan Goddard's Political Wire - A website providing frequent but short political news updates.
- electoral-vote.com - A seasonal poll tracker with maps for presidential and congressional elections in the United States.
- Voting America - Maps and information about previous United States presidential elections.
- World Weather Information Service - Weather reports from the World Meteorogical Organization.
- Met Office homepage - The webpage of the UK government office for weather monitoring and forecasting.
- OpenStreetMap - Online maps made by volunteers.
- BBC Dimensions - Maps that show how large some objects are when transposed to other locations.
- Defra Noise Mapping England - Maps showing the typical noise levels in urban areas in England.
- National Atlas home page - Pre-printed and interactive maps of the United States.
- State and County Outline Maps - County outline maps for each state in the United States.
- Blank and Outline Maps - A directory of outline maps from About.com.
- US State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs - Advice and warnings for Americans traveling abroad.
- TripAdvisor - Reviews of hotels and resorts around the world.
- time and date.com - Gives the time worldwide and generates calendars.
- OANDA - Currency conversion tools.
- World Airport Codes - A search engine for airport codes and other information.
- License Plates of the World - Photos and historical information on license plates from almost everywhere on earth.
- UNESCO World Heritage Centre - A list of important natural and cultural sites around the world.
- Atlas Obscura - A compendium of unusual sites located around the world.
- Skyscraper News - News articles about skyscraper construction and redevelopment, with a focus on the United Kingdom.
- A View On Cities - Tour guide information for several major cities on multiple continents.
- japan-guide.com - Tourism and relocation information for Japan.
North America Travel
- GasBuddy.com - Gas price information for individual US states and Canadian provinces as well as specific metropolitan areas.
- Road Trip USA - Travel guide for several notable highways in the United States.
- Roadside America - A guide to tacky tourist attractions and other highway oddities.
- America's Byways - Guides on scenic drived from the US Department of Transportation.
- Lighthouse Friends - Information for individual United States lighthouses.
- Grain Elevators Canada - Photos of grain elevators in Canada and the United States.
- Cheapo Vegas - A sardonic travel guide to Las Vegas.
- UK and USA - UK government information for people travelling between the two countries.
- Embassy of the U.S. London - Includes information for United States citizens living in the United Kingdom.
- Environment Agency - The United Kingdom agency charged with environmental protection and flood defense.
- Transport Direct - A journey planner for the United Kingdom.
- National Rail Enquires - Information on the United Kingdom's rail network.
- The Heritage Trail - A comprehensive directory of major historical sites in the United Kingdom.
- Waterscape - Detailed information about canals and waterways in the United Kingdom.
- Britain's Best Buildings - A showcase of modern architecture in the United Kingdom.
- Blue Plaques - A guide to the markers commemorating historic individuals who have lived in the United Kingdom.
- Pubs Galore - A guide to pubs and beer festivals in the United Kingdom.
- beerintheevening.com - Reviews on pubs and bars in the United Kingdom.
- The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - Information on the United Kingdom's birds and other nature information.
- Tourism and Transportation
- Comic Strips and Single Panel Cartoons
- GoComics - Popular comic strips from several syndicates.
- RingTales Cartoons - Features animated versions of Dilbert and New Yorker cartoons.
- The Book of Biff - A single panel comic strip about a man with long eyebrows.
- Buttersafe - Inane comics updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Em Cartoons - An autobiographical comic strip about a graphic artist living in London.
- Evil Inc. - A feature about a corporation run by supervillians.
- Mark Fiore's Animated Cartoon Site - Pulitzer prize-winning political cartoons previously banned by iTunes.
- Savage Chicken - Cartoons on sticky notes.
- Scientific Humor
- Chicken Chicken Chicken: Chicken Chicken - A journal-formatted PDF paper using almost nothing but the word "chicken".
- Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster - A spoof religion created in response to the intelligent design movement.
- The Ig Noble Web Page - The official web site of the prize for unusual science and pseudoscience.
- Peep Research - Experiments with marshmallow easter candy.
- The Pop vs. Soda Page - An informal study showing where either "pop" or "soda" is used in the United States.
- The T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. Project - Scientific experiments with the classical dessert cakes.
- Will It Blend? - Experiments in destroying everyday things sponsored by a blender manufacturer.
- Other Humor
- Conversational Cheap Shots - Examples of bad debating techniques.
- The Daily Humorscope - Determined by spinning a carrot.
- Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey - Satirical inspirational messages.
- Kaiju Big Battel!!! - People in costumes that look like goofy Japanese movie mosters.
- Lee's (Useless) Super-Hero Generator - Try it with the Kewlifier.
- McSweeneys Internet Tendency - Humorous creative writing.
- News of the Weird - Bizzare yet true news stories.
- RinkWorks - Assorted oddities, including Book-A-Minute.
- Talk Like a Pirate Day - Celebrated September 19.
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja - A webcomic set in Cumberland, Maryland.
- Edmund Finney's Quest to Find the Meaning of Life - A surreal travel adventure story.
- The End - A story about people from a comic book convention that are abducted by aliens.
- Flaky Pastry - A webcomic featuring a strange juxtoposition of fantasy themes.
- The Hero Business - Comics focused on marketing superheroes.
- Honor Brigade - Another superhero team webcomic.
- Love and Capes - A superhero-based romance webcomic.
- Magellan - A superhero webcomic that follows an Australian teenager.
- Our Supermom - A story about a superhero who retires to be a suburban housewife.
- A Redtail's Dream - A fantasy story inspired by Finnish folklore.
- Selkie - A story about an adopted amphibious humanoid girl and her human father.
- The Specialists - A story about WWII-based superheroes.
- Spinerette - A webcomic about a biology graduate student transformed into a spider-based superhero.
- Stand Still. Stay Silent - A story about a group of Scandinavians exploring the world after a global epidemic.
- Unlife - A story from the perspective of a zombie.
- Computer/Console Games
- Web Games
- Armor Games - Web games with an off-beat style.
- GeoGuessr - A web game based on identifying random scenes from Google Streetview.
- Line Rider - A sledder rides along lines drawn on the screen.
- Nitrome - Games from MTV.
- Orisinal: Morning Sunshine - Cute flash games created by a web development expert.
- Web Sudoku - A Japanese logic game.
- Anish Kapoor - The official website of a modern artist who specializes in large geometric sculptures.
- Slinkachu - Photography of miniature figures in urban scenes.
- Erwin Wurm - The website for the surrealist sculptor and performance artist.
- All Recipes - A large archive of recipes.
- RecipeSource - Another archive useful for cooking.
- Greek Recipe - A collection of Greek recipes.
- USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page - A USDA website that provides nutritional information about food.
- cheese.com - Reference information on cheese.
- Cockta - The official website for the Slovenian soda.
Music and Sound
- AmbientMusicGuide.com - Detailed lists of ambient musicians and other information on the music genre.
- bobborst.com Pop Culture - Collected information on music charts and additional music trivia.
- Digitally Imported - A collection of electronic internet radio stations.
- Metrolyrics - Lyrics for classical and contemporary pop, rock, and hip-hop music.
- The Mod Archive - An archive of computer-generated music in various module formats.
- SKY.FM Radio - A broad selection of internet radio stations with various music genres.
- TuneIn - An index of internet radio stations.
- The Freesound Project - A webpage with user-comntributed sound effects.
- Freesfx.co.uk - A large assortment of free sound effects of varying quality.
- PacDV Free Sound Effects - A collection of high-quality sound effects.
- SI.com - The website for Sports Illustrated, the leading American sports news magazine.
- Football 101 - Information on football rules, terminology, formations, and other concepts.
- Indian Premier League - The official website for India's premier twenty20 cricket league.
- NFL.com - The official website of the National Football League.
- Six Nations - The official website for the international rugby competition.
Toys, Board Games, and Card Games
- BoardGameGeek - A large database and discussion board for board and card games.
- The Art of the Brick - Information about and photos of lego sculpturescreated by artist Nathan Sawaya.
- LUGNET - A website for the online lego fan community.
- Peeron LEGO Set Inventories - Includes catalog and instruction scans.
- Seibertron.com - Information on Transformers toys and forms of entertainment based on the toys.
Video, Film, and Television
- YouTube - Assorted video clips from anyone with web access.
- EarthCam - Live video cameras on the web.
- The Bad Movie Review Website - Humorous comments on B-rated movies.
- Freeview - Information on free TV broadcasting in the United Kingdom.
- The Internet Movie Database - An extensive database of movies, actors, etc.
- National Film Preservation Board - Lists of great American films being preserved by the Library of Congress.
- Metacritic.com - Compilations of critics' scores of movies, TV, music, books, and games.
- TopTenREVIEWS - A broad range of reviews with a heavy emphasis on computers.
- Wordle - A device that converts text into artistic word clouds.
- Paper Sizes - Straightforward information on paper sizes and formats
- Biography.com - Biographies of people provided by the Biography Channel.
- Medieval Warfare - Comprehensive information on Medieval war and Medieval life.
- Yahoo! Finance - Yahoo's information on the stock markets.
- BBC - Religion & Ethics - Guides to world religions - Information on many world religions.
- Encyclopedia Mythica - Information on myths and legends from around the world.
- Nobelprize.org - The official website of the Nobel Foundation.
- The Nobel Prize Internet Archive - Includes quizzes on the Nobel Prizes.
- EUROPA - Gateway to the European Union - The official website for the European Union.
- PhotographyREVIEW.com - Consumer comments on both film and digital camera equipment.
- The Human Clock - An online clock with the time shown in creative photography.
- KIDDofSPEED - GHOST TOWN - Chernobyl Pictures - A Ukranian woman's personal photos of the nuclear disaster area in the Ukraine.
- Unseen. Unforgotten. - Photos of the civil rights movement that were not published by The Birmingham News until 2006.
- Fashion Japan - Photography of Japanese street fashion.
- Random Name Generator - Generates random names from US Census data.
- The 50 State Quarters Program of the United States Mint - A guide to the popular quarters being minted to commemorate the 50 United States.
- Beat The Car Salesman - Advice on buying a car.
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