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SITE OF THE DAY ARCHIVE
"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves,
or we know where we can find information upon it."
- Samuel Johnson
DATE SITE OF THE DAY
Wall Street Journal: Year in Photos 2012
"WSJ editors pick the best photos of the year organized by category, date and location. These photos represent the key moments and defining images of the news in 2012."
Kim Komando: Top 10 Tips of 2012
"2012 saw quite a few changes in the digital world. Tablet sales exploded, cable subscribers declined, new kinds of scams and security threats appeared, online tracking got worse and all gadgets got even faster. All through the year, I brought you tips to help you navigate all these changes. Here are the top 10 for 2012 Related site: Top 10 Apps of 2012."
HowStuffWorks: 10 Futurist Predictions in the World of Technology
"Futurist predictions in technology can be exciting or downright scary. See these 10 futurist predictions in technology to see what may be in store."
"iDiom Corner is a tool for English students and a valuable resource for teachers, writers, bloggers and so on. We have built a large community where our users can suggest new expressions, post comments, take quizzes and earn point along the way, the users with highest score get to be featured and so it becomes a very powerful advertising engine too."
"Welcome to Vocabulary.com, the quickest, most intelligent way to improve your vocabulary. Regardless of your education level or age, Vocabulary.com will help you to master the words that are essential to academic and business success."
"Learnist makes it super easy to share what you know by curating the web. You can use videos, blogs, books, docs, images or anything on the web to explain how to learn something."
"The Verge was founded in 2011 in partnership with Vox Media, and covers the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture. Its mission is to offer in-depth reporting and long-form feature stories, breaking news coverage, product information, and community content in a unified and cohesive manner."
"Breaking science news and articles on global warming, extrasolar planets, stem cells, bird flu, autism, nanotechnology, dinosaurs, evolution - the latest discoveries in astronomy, anthropology, biology, chemistry, climate and environment, computers, engineering, health and medicine, math, physics, psychology, technology, and more - from the world's leading universities and research organizations."
Forbes: The World's 100 Most Powerful Women
"From CEOs and heads of state to early adopter entrepreneurs, celebrity role models, billionaire activists and philanthropists who are healing the world, Forbes ranks the women who matter most."
HowStuffWorks: How Home Networking Works
"Home networking allows multiple computers to share files, printers and an Internet connection. Learn how home networking works and how to build a home network."
FBI: The Vault
"The Vault is our new electronic reading room, containing 6,700 documents and other media that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office. Included here are many new files that have been released to the public but never added to this website; dozens of records previously posted on our site but removed as requests diminished; files from our previous electronic reading room, and new, previously unreleased files."
MIT Open Course Ware: Free Online Course Material
"Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. No registration required."
Forbes: America's Top Colleges
"Ranking schools by results. Our annual list of America's best undergraduate institutions focuses on educational outcomes, not reputations."
Library of Congress: National Jukebox
"The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives."
The Oyez Project: A Multimedia Archive of the Supreme Court of the United States
"The Oyez Project at Chicago-Kent is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality Tour of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices."
US Dept of Labor: Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement Planning
"This site is a comprehensive guide to retirement planning that includes interactive worksheets that you complete as you read each chapter. It is an informative companion for exploring what is often a stressful subject. Users can find information about Social Security, investing, and budgeting in retirement. An excellent list of links to other free websites is also included."
Google: Explore Flu Trends - United States
"We've found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in the United States."
eHow: How to Videos and Articles
"What do you want to do today? No matter what's on your list, eHow can help. With more than 30 categories that cover just about everything, eHow is your one-stop online resource for life's challenges. Professionals in every field come together to offer expert advice, backed by the additional support of a can-do eHow community. Together, they've created a library of accomplishments online and it's available to you anytime, anywhere."
"Search the latest index of the world's books. Find millions of great books you can preview or read for free."
Legistalker: The Latest Online Activity of Congress Members
"An accountable government requires an informed citizenry. Every day, Congress relies more and more on the Internet to communicate with the world. Legistalker makes it easy for you to stay on top of what your elected officials say and how they vote. Legistalker was created by Forum One Communications as an entry for the Apps for America competition. The ever-growing database is updated every 20 seconds, and relies on data from Twitter, YouTube, Capitol Words, literally hundreds of different news sources, and others."
Infoplease: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan 21, 2013
"Martin Luther King Jr day is celebrated on the third Monday in January. Read a biography of the civil rights hero, find a timeline about him, read his speeches and find facts and stats about the civil rights movement and affirmative action."
"Vaccines.gov is your one-stop shop for information about vaccines and immunizations. Read easy-to-understand immunization and vaccination schedules, get info on diseases that vaccinations prevent, and have your vaccine questions answered."
FactMonster: The Fifty States
"Facts and trivia about the fifty states of the United States of America: government, populations, maps, flags, state landmarks, climate data, and more."
Physicians' Desk Reference
"Drug information guide and health resources for consumers from the publishers of the Physicians' Desk Reference. Information on interactions, side effects, symptoms, treatment, screening, approvals, and more."
New York Public LIbrary: Digital Gallery
"NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more."
"Comprehensive guide to museums of the world, virtual museums, online exhibits, museum jobs and employment, educational interactive activities and more from this award-winning guide."
"Articles from the Smithsonian Institution's award-winning, monthly magazine, plus exclusive Web articles, videos, blogs, photos and more."
"Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. We carry high quality ebooks: All our ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers. No fee or registration is required."
HowStuffWorks: How to Surf the Web Anonymously
"Do you want to surf the web anonymously and not be tracked? Take a look at the easy ways you can conceal your identity and surf the web anonymously."
"Stock Market Quotes, Business News and Financial News from the leading provider MarketWatch.com, wholly-owned subsidiary of Dow Jones & Company, Inc."
Encyclopedia of Life
"Our knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth - of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria - is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere. Imagine what it would mean if this information could be gathered together and made available to everyone - anywhere - at a moment's notice. This dream is becoming a reality through the Encyclopedia of Life."
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