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Note: links (over 500) are not maintained and may not work.
1 to 8 January, 2017
Using Google Earth, explore the moon -- even in 3D! Tour lunar
landing sites, enjoy 360-degree panoramas, plus watch footage and listen to narration
from astronauts who've been to the Moon
8 to 15 January, 2017
Global Climate Change
A fascinating NASA site -- they call it "Vital Signs of the
Planet", and you can find all kinds of information here -- about the atmosphere, about
the Carbon cycle, about climate change myths and facts, about global warming, about
changes to the land, and to water and ice. They also include facts about Climate Change
vs Global Warming, and a solid resource center for educators. Worth bookmarking.
15 to 22 January, 2017
Based in Wellington, New Zealand, The Antarctic Report is
"dedicated to all things on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean". In their words: "The
site showcases the hard science which underlines the importance of Antarctica as a
bellwether of global climate change. It also highlights the continent's unique political
status, as well as the exceptional demands its environment places on people and
equipment, and the romantic allure for travellers and explorers as the least discovered
continent on the planet." Lots of news, information, facts on science and tourism, and
even a newsletter.
22 to 29 January, 2017
Health Statistics 2016
Comparable data and statistics on health, and health systems,
for all the OECD countries. Sections worth visiting include "Health Policies and Data",
"Social Policies and Data", "Families and Children", "Pension Systems", and
"International Migration". Easy to navigate, and there is also a user's guide available
to help you set up your own data tables.
29 January to 5 February, 2017
US Climate Change
A website devoted to exploring climate and climate change in the
US; the EPA explains the site this way: "The Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures
are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events â€“
like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures â€“ are already happening. Many of
these observed changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other
greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, caused by human activities.EPA partners with more
than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and
other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects
of climate change. The indicators are published in EPA's report, Climate Change
Indicators in the United States, available on this website and in print." You can
explore all the indicators in detail here.
5 to 12 February, 2017
Charles Booth's London
In the late 1800's, Charles Booth, an English industrialist and
social reformer, was concerned about the poverty he saw in Britain. He devised,
organized, and funded a vast social survey of London life. Many of the results are
archived here, on the London School of Economics website. Select "Learn more" to see
and download the maps; select "Highlights" to read the police notebooks he maintained,
with vivid descriptions of the streets and street life.
12 to 19 February, 2017
London Heathrow Plane-Spotting
London Heathrow is one of the world's busiest airports, with
aircraft, and aircraft liveries, from all over the world. And Heathrow is very popular
with airplane spotters, who come from all over the world to add to their "life lists".
This website provides not only information for people who want to know places from which
to view airplanes, with samples of images taken from all those spots, but the site also
provides links to the Heathrow Cams and other websites of interest. If you're an
aviation enthusiast, you may want to bookmark this site; if not, it's still worth a
19 to 26 February, 2017
The European Space Agency's GAIA space telescope have released
data recording the position and brightness of over a billion stars. They are actually
asking for the public's help, because the store of information is too vast for the GAIA
scientists to sift. This website is the GAIA portal for the UK -- read the news, read
recent alerts, discover how to help, There are image and video galleries available to
explore (click on the Gallery tab).
26 February to 5 March, 2017
Yann Arthus-Bertrand has spent years collecting images and video
of human beings all around the world, exploring "what makes us human". Start with the 4
minute introduction, and then wander through the longer versions, and the shorter video
interviews with some of the subjects. Eye-opening, profoundly moving, and beautifully
5 to 12 March, 2017
The Aviation Herald
Calling itself "Incidents and News in Aviation", this site,
based in Salzburg, Austria, keeps a record of all kinds of items relating to aviation --
you can filter by "crashes", "accidents", "incidents", "news", and "reports". You can
turn each of the filters on or off, so you can see just one topic, or every topic.
12 to 19 March, 2017
12 Provocative Maps That Tell
From the BBC, a collection of 12 maps that tell about the
history of Britain. Some are children's games from the 18th and 17th century, others
are caricatures, showing the mapmakers' opinions about verious geopolitical issues.
There's even an "industrial revolution" game, teaching the children of the upper classes
how England makes money -- steel in Sheffield, coal in Yorkshire or Wales, etc. A
map/game called "The Royal Mail" will remind modern viewers of the game "Ticket To
19 to 26 March, 2017
US Map With 50 Equal States
From the page... "Neil Freeman redrew the state borders to get a
visual sense of what it would take for the electoral college votes to match the popular
vote. That is to say, for each state to be weighted evenly." Freeman notes, "this is an
art project, not a serious proposal."
26 March to 2 April, 2017
The Best Hans Rosling Videos
Larry Ferlazzo, a teacher in Sacramento, California, has a blog
tracking all kinds of wonderful websites, called "Websites of the Day...".; this
particular post tracks some of Hans Rosling's greatest videos, TED Talks and others. If
you didn't know, Rosling died in Sweden just in February, at age 68. But what a legacy
he has left. Spend some time here.