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Art and art history: Smarthistory

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According to their website, Smarthistory is the leading open educational resource for art history. With over 600 and hundreds of articles provided by experts in in their ares of expertise, Smarthistory provides an excellent introductory art history education to anyone around the globe.


The Drake Equation

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The Drake Equation, created by Dr. Frank Drake, was created to make reasonable estimates to the number of extraterrestrial life in the universe.

This interactive infographic on BBC's website lets you make your own calculations, be they optimistic or skeptical.  Surprisingly, even with the lowest possible values, there an estimated 15,000 other civilizations in the universe.


Hex clock

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This sleek clock will display the local time in 24-hour format, sure. But it also uses the time as a hexadecimal color code for the background.

It goes the whole 24 hour range from #000000 to #235959, so it stays a bit dark. For a brighter version, check out


Maps of the world from 3000BCE to present

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Can't exactly remember the layout of eastern Europe around the fall of the Soviet Union? A bit rusty on your geographical knowldege of Mesopotamia?  Worry not, for has a map for any era you could possibly want.

GeaCron lets you search in certain areas or specific cities throughout history and all over the globe. It also displays historical battles and areas that were contested. You can move through time by year, decade, or century and watch, or choose a specific year.


Search via image tags with Unsplash

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Unsplash is a fun little beta project by Arthur Weill that allows users to search for Creative Commons images based on tags. And while my search for "furniture" and "swag" produced no results, a simple search of "coffee" provided me with some really lovely stock photos.

Unsplash is available in English and French.

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