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Sci/Tech Web Awards 2003 14

Roland Piquepaille writes "This is the third year that Scientific American gives these awards. This is a collection of 50 sites which have something really neat to offer: science. "It's a jungle out there. With more than three billion Web pages to sift through, finding great science sites is harder than ever. The good news is the editors at Scientific American have once again trawled the Internet for the best the Web has to offer. We think our list of winners has something for everyone." These 50 sites are classified in ten categories, like anthropology & paleontology or astronomy & astrophysics. In this column, you'll discover my personal four favorite sites, including a great one featuring optical illusions (the link is too complex to be included here)."
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Sci/Tech Web Awards 2003

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  • missing link (Score:4, Interesting)

    by CanSpice ( 300894 ) on Wednesday May 28, 2003 @05:01PM (#6060984) Homepage
    They left off my favourite astronomy website, the Joint Astronomy Centre's Birthday Stars [] website. It's really informative and fun!*

    * Disclaimer: I work for them.
    • Tell the Birthday Stars computer when you were born, and it will look for a star that is your age in light years away from Earth. This means that the light we're seeing from that star today actually left the star around when you were born, and has taken your entire life to reach Earth.

      From month to month you may see your birthday star changing. This is because as you get older the light from more and more distant stars has had the time to travel to Earth in during your life

      The explaination is a little

      • You are, yes. It doesn't change more frequently because of the sparseness of interesting stars within eighty light years. This program would be a lot less interesting if your birthday star happened to be some 11th magnitude red dwarf. It's much more interesting to have a 3rd magnitude star, one that you can actually see with the naked eye.
  • by reinard ( 105934 ) on Wednesday May 28, 2003 @05:03PM (#6061013)
    The link was to complex to be included here? They look pretty regular to me. You've maybe heard of the A tag []? Was it Great Archaeological Sites [], Exploring Mars [], Earth As Art [], or Archimedes' Lab []; _OR_ did you just want some traffic to your site? ;)
    • This was the link to optical illusions: . When submitting the story, I noticed that the portion of the URL after the ? was not *hidden*. And in fact, this URL leads to a two-step process: first, an error, then a window with a frame. So I decided not to include the link in my submission. Roland.
  • It's pretty easy to come up with an arbitrary list of cool science websites, considering there are in excess of 3,083,324,652 pages [] on the web nowadays.
    But in my opinion, cutting science news sites have to have the edge, and there are times when science on slashdot [] is not as fast as the news on eureka alert [] or for that matter, the science and tech areas of the bbc news site []. Of course, Nature [] has had a leading role for scientists in the news area for years.
    But I guess that there are as many favourite gro
    • Sci Am have found some good web sites, but it's pretty hard to argue that they are the 50 best, especially when having cool graphics and Rich Media seems to have been pretty high on the list of criteria.

      You still can't beat some of the old work horses such as the National Library of Medicine's MedLine/PUBMED service ( A fantastic resource used almost daily by working scientists, and fairly accessible to Joe Public.

  • Too complex (Score:5, Funny)

    by zurkog ( 96881 ) on Thursday May 29, 2003 @08:50AM (#6066653) Homepage
    1. (the link is too complex to be included here)

    Fermat? Is that you?

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