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Here is a list of web sites that I've found interesting, entertaining, or otherwise useful. Select one of the categories on the right. These links are here mainly for my own benefit but you might find them useful. Links open in a new window.

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Science Links
Skeptical Science
The goal of Skeptical Science is to explain what peer reviewed science has to say about climate change. It removes the politics and uninformed emotive arguments from the debate, concentrating solely on the science and considering the full body of evidence rather than cherry-picking only the data that supports the argument you want to believe.

Bad Science
Web site of Ben Goldacre, a British medical doctor and journalist. The site is devoted to satirical criticism of scientific inaccuracy, health scares, pseudoscience and quackery, it focuses especially on examples from the mass media, consumer product marketing, problems with the pharmaceutical industry and its relationship to medical journals, and complementary and alternative medicine.

James Randi Educational Foundation
Educational resource on the paranormal, psuedoscientific and the supernatural. Its aim is to promote critical thinking by reaching out to the public and media with reliable information about paranormal and supernatural ideas so widespread in our society today.

UK Skeptic
'The Skeptic' is a non-profit magazine published four times a year to take a sceptical look at pseudoscience and claims of the paranormal.

American Physical Society
Publishers of some of the world's most prestigious and widely read physics research journals. Contains a wealth of information on atomic and molecular nuclear physics, optical physics, particle physics, graviation, cosmology, etc.

American Institute of Physics
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a not-for-profit membership corporation for the purpose of promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welf

Science Magazine
The web site of Science Magazine, published by the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).

Nature Magazine
The homepage of the International weekly journal of science, and the flagship product of the Nature family of journals.

SciTech Daily Review
Web site dedicated to news and current affairs from the world of science and technology. Information sourced from a range of authors and publications, updated on a daily basis.

The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum (NASM) maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It's also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight. Located on the National Mall in Washington DC, the Museum has hundreds of artifacts on display including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Apollo 11 command module, and a Lunar rock sample that visitors can touch.

NASA SpaceFlight
The NASA Human SpaceFlight site. Contains information related to the history of humans in space, from the first Mercury missions in 1962 to present-day space shuttle missions and the International Space Station (ISS).

The Public Library of Science. An interactive open-access journal for the communication of peer-reviewed scientific and medical research.

New Scientist Magazine
Science and technology web site from the people at 'New Scientist' magazine. Contains comprehensive and up-to-date coverage from the world of science and technology.

Scientific American Magazine
The official web site of 'Scientific American', the oldest continuously published magazine in the USA, bringing readers unique insights about developments in science and technology for more than 150 years.

The Skeptics Society is a scientific and educational organization of scholars, scientists, historians, magicians, professors and teachers, and anyone curious about controversial ideas, extraordinary claims, revolutionary ideas and the promotion of science.

The official web site of NASA (National Aeronautical and Space Administration). Contains a wealth of information about the various NASA projects, its history, careers at NASA, visiting NASA, etc.

SETI Institute
The SETI Institute is a non-profit organisation dedicated to conducting scientific research and educational projects relevant to the origin, nature, prevalence, and distribution of life in the universe.

The Hubble Space Telescope Project
The NASA Hubble Space Telescope Project. The official NASA site containing detailed information on everything about the Hubble Space Telescope from its history to its current missions. Also contains hundreds of stunning images of planetary and stellar objects taken by the telescope.

Black Holes (NASA)
NASA educational page from the NASA Imagine team. Contains information about fundamentals of physics such as light and other electromagnetic waves, cosmic objects such as the Sun and stars, black holes, white dwarfs, etc, and introducations into quantum physics, dark matter, etc.

The Freethinker
The Freethinker was founded in 1881 by G.W. Foote, an outspoken critic of religion. After the publication of irreligious cartoons in the 1882 Christmas edition, Foote was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to 12 months hard labour. Despite this setback the magazine has remained in print ever since.

A source of genuine random (as opposed to psuedo-random) numbers, generated by timing successive pairs of radioactive decays detected by a Geiger-Müller tube interfaced to a computer. The process is fundamentally governed by the inherent uncertainty in the quantum mechanical laws of nature.

10:23 Campaign
The 10:23 Campaign, organised by the non-profit organisation Merseyside Skeptics Society, aims to raise awareness about the reality of homeopathy.

arXiv is an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics owned and operated by Cornell University, a private not-for-profit educational institution. arXiv is funded by Cornell University Library and by supporting user institutions.

The Pi Page
An interesting (if you like that sort of thing) site containing all sorts of information about the number pi. Includes the first 50,000 digits of pi and a collection of programs that can be used to generate pi.

Galileo's Top Ten Science Images
An awesome collection of the top-ten images captured by NASA space probe Galileo during its 14 year mission to investigate Jupiter.

NOVA - The Elegant Universe
Everything you wanted to know about the universe at the sub-atomic level - string theory, multi-dimensional universes and the race to find the theory of everything.

Super String Theory
A basic (if there can be such a thing) guide to string theory. Answers to questions like: What is string theory? What are elementary particles? How has string theory changed mathematics?

Crank Dot Net
Cranks, crackpot, kooks, and loons on the internet. Crank Dot Net is devoted to presenting Web sites by and about cranks, crankism, crankishness, and crankosity.

Tim Hartford
Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times and presenter of BBC Radio 4 programme "More or Less", which won the Royal Statistical Society's 2010 award for statistical excellence in broadcast journalism and the 2010 Mensa Intelligence award.

The Ignoble Prizes
A different kind of Nobel Prize. Celebrating the unusual and honouring the imaginative, the Ig Nobel Prizes have been awarded each year since 1991 by the scientific community to reward research that could not, or should not, be reproduced.

The Nine8 Planets
A multimedia tour of the solar system including an overview of the history, mythology and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.

Richard Feynman Lectures
A collection of video lectures from Richard Feynman, one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.

Space Adventures
Space Adventures Ltd is a space tourism company, specialising in orbital and sub-orbital space flights. Take your next holiday at the International Space Station.

Bad Astronomy
Web site of astonomer, Phil Plait, dedicated to debunking space myths and common factual misconceptions promulgated by the popular media and the Internet.

News Biscuit
An assortment of original documents on a diverse range of scientific subjects as well as a comprehensive collection of links to similar sites.

Space Environment Center (WEC)
Jointly operated by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and US Air Force, the SEC provides real-time monitoring and forecasting of solar and geophysical events, conducts research in solar-terrestrial physics, and develops techniques for forecasting solar and geophysical disturbances.

An excellent resource as an introduction to astronomy with beginner's guides to all aspects of astronomy including stars and super novae, the solar system, advice on buying a telescope, etc.

Mysteries of Deep Space - History of the Universe Timeline
A look at the history of the universe and what's in store for the future - the "Big Freeze" or the "Big Crunch".

The Surface of the Sun
A site dedicated to the investigation that the sun may have an electrically conductive and highly defined surface which rotates (uniformly) every 27.3 days.

TRACE - Transition Region and Coronal Explorer
NASA Small Explorer (SMEX) mission to image the solar corona and transition region at high angular and temporal resolution.

European Space Agency (ESA)
The latest news in space exploration, human spaceflight, launchers, telecommunications, navigation, monitoring, and space science from the European Space Agency.

The Richard Dawkins Foundation
A non-profit organisation established to support rational and scientific education at all ages, and to oppose the subversion of scientific education.

World Weather Server
Created by the people who brought you the World Time Server. Provides current and forecasted weather conditions for major cities all over the world.

Sense About Science
Sense About Science is an independent charitable trust promoting good science and evidence in public debates by promoting respect for evidence and by urging scientists to engage actively with a wide range of groups, particularly when debates are controversial or difficult.

Einstein Archives
Online access to Albert Einstein's scientific and non-scientific manuscripts held by the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and to an extensive archival database, constituting the material record of one of the most influential intellects in the modern era.

Stephen Hawking
The official web site of Stephen Hawking, one of the leading theoretical physicists of the 20th century, best known for his work in the field of cosmology in a variety of aspects dealing with black holes, singularities, and the big bang theory of the origin of the universe.

The Quackometer
The quackometer is a project based around the automation of debunking quack medicine on the web. It is an experiment to see if it is easy to spot quack web sites just from the language they use. The idea for the site came about after various discussions on Guardian writer Ben Goldacre's Bad Science blog.

The Skeptic Reading Room
A comprehensive, free resource of articles relating to science and skepticism containing an ever-growing index of articles, reviews and opinion pieces culled from the extensive archives of Skeptic Magazine.

Richard Dawkins
The official web site of Richard Dawkins, a "clear-thinking oasis" among the myriad of tripe on the internet.

John Gribbin
The official web site of John Gribbin, containing articles, book reviews, and observations from the famous science author.

The David Suzuki Foundation
The David Suzuki Foundation works to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us.

Science Based Medicine
A web site founded by Steven Novella exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine, including complimentary and alternative medicine.

Science Punk
SciencePunk is the brainchild of Frank Swain. In addition to this website, he is the creator of the paper-based War On Error zine, and ex-editor of the Korovian.

Understanding Uncertainty
Trying to make sense of chance, risk, luck, uncertainty, and probability.

Darwin Online
The official site containing Charles Darwin's complete publications, thousands of handwritten manuscripts and the largest Darwin bibliography and manuscript catalogue ever published. Darwin Online also contains hundreds of supplementary works including biographies, obituaries, reviews, reference works and more.

Web site of Professor Richard Wiseman including videos such as the famous colour changing card trick and the corkology trick. Quirkology is also the name of Wiseman's book, in which he describes his adventures into the backwaters of human behaviour, and pays tribute to others who have carried out similarly weird and wonderful work.

Science Daily
ScienceDaily is one of the Internet's leading online magazines devoted to science, technology, and medicine. The site contains breaking news about the latest discoveries and hottest research projects in everything from astrophysics to zoology.

Michio Kaku
Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and popularizer of science. He's the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), and continues Einstein's search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory.

NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope
The Eurpoean home page of the NASA/ESA Hubble space telescope. Contains news, images, videos related to the NASA/ESA Hubble space telescope project.

Technology, Entertainment, Design is like YouTube for people with an interest in science and technology. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers. The best talks and performances from TED are recorded on video and made available to the public, for free.

The Scientist
The mission of The Scientist is to provide compelling print and online coverage of the latest developments in the life sciences including research, technology and business. Their target audience is active researchers that are interested in maintaining a broad view of the life sciences by reading articles that are current, concise, accurate and entertaining.

A website for students of physics with sections on: mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, nuclear physics and cosmology.

Counterknowledge.com draws attention to various bogus theories such as holocaust denial, 9/11 conspiracy theories, homeopathy, vitamin cures for AIDS, creationism, Afrocentric history, and various other dogma peddled by maverick scientists, Christian evangelists, media nutritionists, Muslim "scholars", and "alternative" historians.

Skeptics Guide to the Universe
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe is a weekly Podcast talkshow produced by the New England Skeptical Society (NESS) in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) : discussing the latest news and topics from the world of the paranormal, fringe science, and controversial claims from a scientific point of view.

Science Based Medicine
The editorial staff of Science-Based Medicine is composed of several physicians who, alarmed at the manner in which unscientific and pseudoscientific health care ideas have increasingly infiltrated academic medicine and medicine at large, have decided to do their part to examine these claims in the light of science and skepticism.

A leading web-based science, research and technology news service which covers a full range of topics including physics, earth science, medicine, nanotechnology, electronics, space, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics and other sciences and technologies. PhysOrg publishes approximately 100 quality articles every day.

The Planetary Society
The Planetary Society was founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman. It is a non-governmental and nonprofit organisation dedicated to exploring the solar system and seeking life beyond Earth.

Richard Feynman Lectures
A collection of video lectures from Richard Feynman, one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.

Testing Benford's Law
An interesting look at applying Benford's law to various statistical data sets. Benford's law states that in lists of numbers from many (but not all) real-life sources of data, the leading digit is distributed in a non-uniform, logarithmic way.

Not Even Wrong
The blog of mathematician Peter Woit.

Edge.org was launched in 1996 as the online version of "The Reality Club", an informal gathering of intellectuals. It offers an open-minded, free ranging, collective expression of wonder at the living and inanimate world.

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