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Would you like to know about the Horsehead Nebula? Quantum foam? The Hoover Dam? Click on this website – Scale of the Universe 2 and simply use the scroll bar at the bottom as you travel between Yoctometers and Parsecs.
Please have patience while the site loads – it could take few minutes . But it does consist of , after all , The Whole Universe . (You may see a blank space , then a gray box . Stick with it . When it’s finished loading , prepare to be blown away). Click “Start ,” and then simply use the slider across the bottom , or the wheel on your mouse , to zoom in — and in and in and in . . . or out and out and out . . . It will take you from the extremely smallest features postulated by scientists ( the strings in string theory) to the very largest ( the observable universe).
Utilizing objects varying in size from 10-35 meters to 9 .3 x 1028 meters , the tool tries to help viewers grasp of the scale of the universe in relation to common ( and unknown ) objects , land masses , planets, et cetera. Each object – and you will find hundreds — are clickable and comes along with their very own description.
It turns out that “Scale of the Universe 2″ was created by Cary Huang , a 14-year-old ninth grader from Moraga , Calif . , with the necessary help from his twin brother Michael (see below). Incredible !
I wanted to talk about the two new interesting websites that I recently stumbled upon and found them very interesting and useful. First one is NextAdvisor.com, formerly ConsumerCompare.org. This website compares and reviews lots of consumer services that are provided over the internet. Its similar to ConsumerReports.org but this is Free but it covers only online services. I found it through this New York Times Article about the cash back analysis tool that lets you enter your own spending patterns to find out which card suits you the best. I also found their analysis on Web Hosting and Credit Monitoring quite useful. As I said, NextAdvisor is free for everybody but it does gets a fee if you apply for any services through their site.
Second one is whatsonwhen.com, part of the Wiley Publishing family of companies. You may know Wiley publishing from their For Dummies and the Frommer’s travel books. This site lets you browse on what is happening or what will be happening in any city or country. Just look at the city, country or resort of your preference and, for instance, if you were considering just touring, say, Prague, you might run into some more interesting activities to fulfil your time and make it a trip to remember. Festivals, kids’ activities, and some weird national festivities can all be found on the website. It might help you to make a better plan for the trip you are planning. Providing exotic places to explore, or unusual events that happen every year in all sorts of countries, you might want to make a stop on this website before travelling. It gives you good ideas to make a not-so-orthodox trip and make matters much more interesting.
Duolingo is a free language-learning website and crowdsourced text translation platform. The service is designed so that as users progress through the lessons, they simultaneously help to translate websites and other documents. Currently, the site offers Spanish, German and French (beta) courses for English speakers, as well as English for Spanish speakers. Duolingo says that they plan to add Italian, Portuguese, and Chinese soon.
I used to be one of those people who would go to Kayak.com and search for a good hotel price, read reviews and if acceptable then book it and forget it. Then I discovered Priceline (Name Your Own Price) which offers steep discounts when you book a hotel but you don’t know the details of the property. In beginning, it worked well but then couple of times I was very disappointed with the hotel that I got through them. So I reverted back to initially booking the hotel through Kayak and then bidding incrementally on Priceline. I used betterbidding.com and biddingfortravel.com to do more research on the hotel properties available via priceline.
Recently, I found another website – backbid.com. BackBid offers the same advantages as Priceline, but with one big difference: you’ll know all the details about the property, the amenities offered and the price being offered before you make reservation, this way you can choose what you like and works for you. There is no cost and no risk, making it a very good option for travelers.