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View Resource Ask A Scientist

Argonne National Laboratory, one of the US Department of Energy's largest research centers, has posted this 'Newton' website with its Division of Educational Programs. The interactive website provides students (mostly K-12) and teachers with answers to questions about astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental sciences, mathematics, physics, and general science....

https://www.anl.gov/education/learning-center
View Resource Mystic Places

This Website from The Discovery Channel of Canada explores "some of the world's most enigmatic places." It features separate sections on three famous sites -- Easter Island, Nazca Lines, and Stonehenge -- discussing the construction, cultural significance, and physical history of the extraordinary structures erected at each. The site also offers a slideshow presenting dozens of dramatic...

https://www.discovery.ca/Home
View Resource Damn Interesting

This site, which is curated by Salt Lake City web designer Alan Bellows, is a welcome find for those curious about obscure but true stories. The contents are free, the graphics are beautiful, and the writing is, indeed, interesting. For example, Article #361, "The Derelict," focuses its narrative on the sudden death of a luxury cruise ship captain on September 7, 1934. Out at sea with storms...

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https://www.damninteresting.com/
View Resource Wonders & Marvels

Aside from its status as an online emporium of historical curiosities and captivating tales, Wonders & Marvels boasts an alluring backstory. It all started in 2008, when Vanderbilt University Professor Holly Tucker mocked up a site on Blogger so her students could post their musings about a course she was teaching on the history of medicine. One thing led to another, and eventually a full-fledged...

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http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi
View Resource Digital Stories: Wellcome Collection

The Wellcome Collection, a free museum in London, "explores the connections between medicine, life, and art in the past, present and future." This site brings the curiosities and complexities of the Wellcome to life for web users. Readers may like to begin by selecting the Mindcraft exhibit, where they will explore "a century of madness, murder and mental healing" centered on the influence of...

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http://digitalstories.wellcomecollection.org/
View Resource Wonderpolis

Courtesy of the National Center for Families Learning, this site "walks the line between formal and informal education," creating experiences that highlight that "wonder is for everyone." Readers may like to begin by scouting the homepage, where they will find some recent wonders from the wonderopolis community, such as How Do Hearing Aids Work? and Do Snakes Have Ears? Selecting one of these...

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https://camp2016.wonderopolis.org
View Resource BBC Radio 4: Seriously...

Podcast fans who enjoy documentary-style shows like This American Life may want to check out BBC Radio 4's Seriously..., a regular podcast that explores both contemporary and historical topics, ranging from the quotidian to the extraordinary. A few of the topics recently explored by this series include the world of counterfeit wines; the history of Great Britain's 999 emergency telephone number...

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021gdts
View Resource Lore Podcast

Folks who enjoy celebrating the month of October with spooky or mysterious tales will enjoy Lore, a podcast dedicated to "dark historical tales." Launched in 2015 by Aaron Mahnke, Lore has approximately 70 podcasts as of this write up, each exploring the history behind a variety of folklore stories. For example, one recent podcast entitled Wide Open, tells the story of the so-called Van Meter...

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https://www.lorepodcast.com/
View Resource Here Be Monsters: Two Small Creatures with Human Eyes

Here Be Monsters is a "podcast about the unknown" that may especially appeal to those interested in science, philosophy, and psychology. The podcast is hosted by Jeff Emtman (who has also appeared on This American Life) and is distributed by KCRW, a National Public Radio station in Santa Monica, California. Each episode of this 20 to 40-minute-long podcast explores a different mystery, from...

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https://www.hbmpodcast.com/podcast/hbm090-two-small-creature...