Resources to help with science fairs and projects

Useful web sites for people doing science fairs and science projects.

Version 33a: September 2, 2011


This is a companion page to my Science fair projects page. It may one day support several books on projects which are on the back burner, but these two pages stand on their own.

I have done the 2011 cleaning out the dead links (some failures are marked as failed, because they need to be checked again, on my next pass). I hope to bolster some lean areas later, but that may take some time. I write for my living, and this is a hobby. If you hit a dead link, go to the site and poke around. In fact, poke around in any case: these are just starting places to gather terms and ideas, but most pages have links off them.

For example, I have just added two new astronomy links from onlineuniversity.net, after Jen Goethals alerted me to their existence. These cover "the solar system" and "comets and meteors". While I was checking the links out for quality (A++, as it happens) I kept darting off into the other links. So never just stop at the page I suggest!

This version 33a has those two new links, and I have done a long-overdue spell-check.

Why I have done this, and what I have done

The art of finding suitable references on the Web often comes down to knowing the right words to chase.

For example, you may not find many hits when you search for "stone tools", but if you know to look for the phrase "flint knapping", you can find lots of pages.

The catch is that you need to be an old hand like me, in order to know the jargon.

I have used my jargon skills to find you some starter pages, but there are probably more.

When you find a page that seems useful, you should look for technical terms in that page and chase them, so you can find more pages. This is a starting place, not a finish.

I have just finished checking for currency: a page has to fail twice, at least a month apart, before I remove the link. Quite a few of them, on past experience, will work next time. If not, they will be deleted.

Please respect the limited copyright status of this page.

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AnatomyA quick history of anatomy, with links.July 26, 2011
AnatomyThe life of John Hunter.July 26, 2011
AnatomyThe life of William Hunter and the history of anatomy.July 26, 2011
Anemometersa brilliant set of references.July 26, 2011
Animal culturea source for many manuals on keeping or culturing from the supply house, Carolina.July 26, 2011
Animals in the wildidentifying animals by their droppings: what scat is that? July 26, 2011
AntibioticsA CDC set of FAQs: look also at the linksJuly 26, 2011
AntibioticsA good general account of medical history: see the Penicillin tab for antibiotics. Link passed on by Courtney Riem.June 17, 2011
Antibioticsbacterial resistance to antibiotics.July 26, 2011
Antibioticsgood tutorial on antibiotics: needs Shockwave.July 26, 2011
Antibioticssome background, good pictures, links.June 17, 2011
Antibioticsthe sensible use of antibiotics.July 26, 2011
Antibioticsthe Why Files look at why antibiotics lose their power.July 26, 2011
Aqueductsan excellent encyclopaedia entry from 1875.July 26, 2011
Aqueductsanother encyclopaedia entry which has links to information on the cement used to line the aqueducts.July 26, 2011
Astronomya book-on-the-Web by David SternJuly 26, 2011
AstronomyComets and meteors (but look around at the other links!)September 2, 2011
Astronomyexcellent work from Ian Musgrave, an Australian scientist who has astronomy as his hobby.July 26, 2011
Astronomyhow to make a cross-staff.July 26, 2011
Astronomythe plan for a telescope in Antarctica makes more sense than you may think!July 26, 2011
AstronomyThe solar system (but look around at the other links!)September 2, 2011
Atoms and moleculeslinks from NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.July 26, 2011
Australian fossilsa links site from the University of Adelaide with excellent material.July 26, 2011
Australian science history linksa links site from the University of Adelaide with excellent material.July 26, 2011
Bacterial sampling in rivers and lakesa useful guide from Massachusetts.July 26, 2011
Barometera barometer museum.July 26, 2011
Barometera home-brew barometer, in more senses than one.July 26, 2011
Beach pebblesabout Rocky Bay, a sand pebble beach in New Zealand.July 26, 2011
Beach pebblesbeach pebbles at Chesil Beach, England. See? It's not just a novel!July 26, 2011
Beach pebblessand pebble beaches on Kythera, an excellent research site (well, we can dream, can't we?).July 26, 2011
Beach pebblessome ideas for the study of pebbles and sand.July 26, 2011
Beach pebblessome information on Pebble Beach, California.Failed, July 26, 2011
Beetles of Australiaan ABC discussion and guide to some of the fanciest beetles.July 26, 2011
Benham discmaking a Benham's disc.July 26, 2011
Benham discthe Exploratorium's account of Benham's disc.July 26, 2011
Biodiversitya British view.July 26, 2011
Biodiversitya South African view from the Iziko Museums of Capetown: a number of good links and case studies.July 26, 2011
Biodiversitya USGS site with links — excellent value.July 26, 2011
Biodiversitybiodiversity hotspots.July 26, 2011
Biodiversitythe Australian government's thoughts on biodiversity with lots of links.July 26, 2011
Biodiversitythe New Zealand government's thoughts on biodiversity but you need to use the links.July 26, 2011
Biological controlcopepods eat mosquito larvae.July 26, 2011
Biological controlthe Australian leaders in biological control: weak on information, a few good links: look for the link to feral.org.au which makes it worthwhile.July 26, 2011
Biological controlthe Biological Control Virtual Information Center of the US National Science Foundation.July 26, 2011
Biomes of the worlda good account. If you follow the links.July 26, 2011
Biomes of the worldincomplete, but the finished bits are good on detail.July 26, 2011
Bird song linkssites around the world with bird songs. See also 'dawn chorus'.July 26, 2011
Bogong mothsThese moths migrate up to a thousand km to find somewhere cool for the summer, when to go to aestivate in the Snowy Mountains.July 26, 2011
Boiling pointspecific heat, specific weight, fusion point, boiling point and calorific value for many materials.July 26, 2011
Breaking strain.a poem by Rudyard Kipling.July 26, 2011
Bridgesa How Stuff Works page on bridges.July 26, 2011
Bridgesbridge disaster links.Failed July 26, 2011
Bridgesmodern bridge designs.July 26, 2011
Brumbiesa conservationist viewpoint.July 26, 2011
Brumbiesa Parliamentary speech from NSW.July 26, 2011
Brumbiessome background on brumbies, a few links.July 26, 2011
Bubblesall about bubbles from the Exploratorium.July 26, 2011
Bubblesbubbles links.July 26, 2011
Bubblesthe bubbularium from the Exploratorium: all about the colours in bubbles: there may be an idea for you here!July 26, 2011
Bushfire regenerationphotos and links.July 26, 2011
Bushfire regenerationthe science of bushfires, with lots of links.July 26, 2011
Bushfire regenerationthe statistics of bushfires.July 26, 2011
Calorific valuespecific heat, specific weight, fusion point, boiling point and calorific value for many materials.July 26, 2011
Camouflage in naturea How Stuff Works page, with others following on: a good place to get ideas.July 26, 2011
Camouflage in naturea reassessment of the peppered moth case.July 26, 2011
Camouflage in natureadaptive coloration and camouflage.July 26, 2011
Camouflage in naturethe case of the peppered moth.July 26, 2011
Capillary effectan explanation from the Madsci Network.July 26, 2011
Capillary effectcapillary effects in industry: background.July 26, 2011
Capillary effectcapillary effects in soil.July 26, 2011
Chemistrythe manufacture of saltpetre in the 1860sJuly 26, 2011
Chladni figuresA curious application of Chladni figuresJuly 26, 2011
Chladni figuresAnother source for informationJuly 26, 2011
Chladni figuresHow to make Chladni figures (brief)July 26, 2011
Chladni figuressome explanation and a neat applet to explore variations.July 26, 2011
Chromatographysome sensible and useful background, but it goes well beyond the beginner stage.July 26, 2011
Chromatographysome simple paper chromatography investigations.July 26, 2011
Circular motiona good look at the relationship between simple harmonic motion and uniform circular motion.July 26, 2011
Climate changea How Stuff Works page on global warming.July 26, 2011
Climate changea USGS site with links - excellent value.July 26, 2011
Climate changeNew Zealand Climate Change Office, a site with many links.July 26, 2011
Climate changesome background from experts.July 26, 2011
Climate changeThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ChangeJuly 26, 2011
Climate changeThe Pew Center for Climate Change.July 26, 2011
Climate changeWorld Glacier Monitoring Service.July 29, 2011
Cloninga How Stuff Works page on cloning.July 26, 2011
Cloudsa basic view of the different types of cloud.Failed July 26, 2011
Cloudsa good gallery of cloud types.Failed July 26, 2011
Cloudsthe basics of clouds from the BBC Weather service, which is always excellent.July 26, 2011
Coalhow coal is formed: follow the links to learn more.July 26, 2011
Coalthe history of coal mining in Cape Breton.July 26, 2011
Coalthe National Coal Mining Museum in England.July 26, 2011
Cockroachesa cockroach in verse: Archy and Mehitabel.July 26, 2011
Cockroachesa good starting place, but most of the links are very technical, unlike Archy and Mehitabel.July 26, 2011
Colours and colour visionA good account of colours and colour phenomena, and more than one idea for an experiment. Look at Herschel's work on infrared, for starters!July 26, 2011
Columnar jointinga good image of columns, seen from below.July 26, 2011
Columnar jointingan experiment to simulate columnar jointing, using corn starch. You need to read it carefully.July 26, 2011
Columnar jointingScottish geology: Staffa and Fingal's Cave. Poke around this site!July 26, 2011
ComputingGeorg Scheutz made a difference engine that worked. How hard would it be to make a replica?July 26, 2011
ComputingJohn Wolff's Web Museum of calculators and other mathematical stuff. This is a neat Australian site.July 26, 2011
ComputingThere is some excellent stuff here. Look at the Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg Computer for one, but this is an excellent place to browse!July 26, 2011
Conditioninga good account of classical conditioning.July 26, 2011
Conditioningabout operant conditioning.July 26, 2011
Conditioninganimal behaviour online.July 26, 2011
Conditioningbackground on Pavlov, and a simulation game.July 26, 2011
Conditioningfrom Pavlov to the Skinner Box - has lots of good links to follow.July 26, 2011
ConservationHome page of the SA Dept of Environmental and Natural Resources.August 6, 2011
Dawn chorusa nifty bird identifier for Australian birds, from the ABC. Combine this with their database of bird calls.July 26, 2011
Dawn chorusa set of 125 Australian bird calls from the ABC, in Real Audio format. See also 'Birdsong links'. AND insects and mammals!July 26, 2011
Dawn chorusaccess to some MP3 recordings of a dawn chorus, and information on how it was done: brief but useful as a starting place.July 26, 2011
Dawn chorusthe Backyard Birdwatch project from the ABCJuly 26, 2011
Desertificationa South African viewpoint, covering the basics.July 26, 2011
Desertificationthe FAO viewpoint.July 26, 2011
Desertificationthe USGS viewpoint.July 26, 2011
DinosaursDinodataJuly 26, 2011
Dinosaursgood dinosaur links.July 26, 2011
Dinosaursthe Ornithischia.July 26, 2011
Dinosaursthe Saurischia.July 26, 2011
Diseaseone of the best starting places: the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).July 26, 2011
DNA and geneslinks from NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.July 26, 2011
Dyesgetting a purple from lichens, but look at the links for more.July 26, 2011
Earth shapea review of flat earth literature.July 26, 2011
Earth shapethe Earth's shape is changing!July 26, 2011
Earthquakesa links site from the University of Adelaide with excellent material.July 26, 2011
Earthquakesa National Geographic site: the forces of nature.July 26, 2011
Earthwormsearthworm anatomy.July 26, 2011
Earthwormsearthworm background article.Failed July 26, 2011
Earthwormsearthworm facts.July 26, 2011
Earthwormsearthworm sites and books.Failed July 26, 2011
Earthwormslinks on dissecting (or not dissecting) earthworms and other invertebrates.July 26, 2011
Earthwormssome earthworm links.July 26, 2011
Electric motorgood explanation of an unusual design (Hall effect).July 26, 2011
Electric motorgood explanation of an unusual design (reed switch).July 26, 2011
Electric relaylinks to some relay projects, originally in Italian but now translated: the circuit diagrams are OKJuly 26, 2011
Electric relaysome technical background.July 26, 2011
Electric relaythe story of Edward Davy, inventor of the electric relay.July 26, 2011
Electricitya potted history with useful links.July 26, 2011
Electricityinformation about early thermopiles.July 26, 2011
Electrochemistrya set of simple projects, worth exploring.July 26, 2011
Electromagnetic radiationlinks from NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.July 26, 2011
Electronics projectsoriginally in Italian, English translations are now up: check the circuit diagrams.July 26, 2011
Electrophoruseshow to make and use one.July 26, 2011
Electrophorusesthe Exploratorium's account of the electrophorus and the Leyden jar as well.July 26, 2011
Endangered speciesa USGS site with links - excellent value.July 29, 2011
Endangered speciesabout sharks in Australia.July 29, 2011
Endangered speciesshould we eat kangaroo?July 29, 2011
Endangered speciesTasmanian devilsJuly 29, 2011
Endangered speciesthe Corroboree frog of Australia.July 29, 2011
Energya series of detailed lectures on energy conversion: approach with care.July 29, 2011
Energylinks from NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.July 29, 2011
Environmental science questionsgood answers to many simple questions.July 29, 2011
Erosiona USGS site with links: excellent value.July 29, 2011
Estimating pia good introduction to pi (though he is too kind to Lazzerini, who definitely cheated!).July 29, 2011
Estimating pia treatise on pi.Failed July 29, 2011
Estimating pianother Buffon's needle simulation: this one offers a Java applet.July 29, 2011
Estimating piProject pi (very bandwidth intensive!)July 29, 2011
Estimating pithe Buffon's needle simulation. Wants Java permission.July 29, 2011
Evaporative coolingan unusual application of evaporative cooling in modern physics. See also the Coolgardie safe entries.July 29, 2011
Evaporative coolingevaporative cooling in leaves.July 29, 2011
Evaporative coolingthe wind chill factor.July 29, 2011
EvolutionHow Darwin is misunderstood: essay.July 29, 2011
EvolutionUnderstanding evolution.July 29, 2011
Exoplanetsplanets beyond our solar system.July 29, 2011
Expansionanother guide to measuring the linear coefficient of expansion.July 29, 2011
Expansionfrom Eric Weisstein's encyclopaedia, a good but no-holds-barred account of the technicalities.July 29, 2011
Faults and earthquakesA useful set of diagrams and pictures.July 29, 2011
Feral animalsan Australian government source: explore the other choices from this page!July 29, 2011
Fernsanother useful set of fern links.Failed July 29, 2011
FernsAustralian ferns and their cultivation.July 29, 2011
Fernsbracken fern is dangerous: take note!Failed July 29, 2011
Fernsfern links.July 29, 2011
Fernslinks for fern maniacs -- well, that's what it says!July 29, 2011
Fernsmore good information on ferns.July 29, 2011
Fernssome good background on ferns.July 29, 2011
Fernssome technical background on the ferns and their allies.July 29, 2011
Fibonacci seriesa life of Fibonacci.July 29, 2011
Fibonacci seriesthe Fibonacci numbers, the Golden section and the Golden string.July 29, 2011
Fibonacci seriesthe Fibonacci series and music.July 29, 2011
Fish stocksa USGS site with links - excellent value.July 29, 2011
Fossil linkssome fossil links: you need to burrow down to find out what else is here.July 29, 2011
Fossil preparationa commercial supplier of trilobites in Oklahoma outlines the way that a fossil should be prepared.July 29, 2011
Fossil preparationthe art of preparing a fossil at home.July 29, 2011
Fossil preparationthe art of preparing a fossil.July 29, 2011
Fossil preparationthe Why Files give a neat view on the methods of fossil preparation.July 29, 2011
Fusion pointspecific heat, specific weight, fusion point, boiling point and calorific value for many materials.July 29, 2011
Genomicsfrom NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.July 29, 2011
Geomorphology, structural geology and sedimentary geologya links site from the University of Adelaide with excellent material.July 29, 2011
Glass harmonicaa short article and illustration.July 29, 2011
Glass harmonicaBen Franklin's harmonica.July 29, 2011
Global warming and healthfrom NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.July 29, 2011
Ground watera USGS site with links — excellent value.July 29, 2011
Ground watercapillary effects in soil.July 29, 2011
Hall effectan unusual application.July 29, 2011
Hall effectexplanation and definition.July 29, 2011
Hazardous materialsthis will give you good places to go to get Materials Safety Data Sheets.July 29, 2011
Heart and circulationa good brief account from the Franklin Institute, but see the links for more.July 29, 2011
Heart and circulationa reasonably simple account of the human blood circulation.July 29, 2011
Heart and circulationa very neat tutorial on the basics, with some useful links to follow.July 29, 2011
Heart and circulationan excellent set of links on blood and circulation.July 29, 2011
Heart and circulationan excellent set of links, though you will need to drill down. The anatomy page, for example, has many excellent illustrations.July 29, 2011
Human evolution humans, hobbits and Neandertals: background.July 29, 2011
Hygiene a very neat tutorial on the basics, with some useful links to follow.July 29, 2011
Hypnosisa How Stuff Works page on hypnosis.July 29, 2011
Imagesa Dutch museum of scientific instruments in Leiden (nice place to visit!)July 29, 2011
Imagespictures of scientists from many fields.July 29, 2011
Immune systemhow Edward Jenner developed inoculation.July 29, 2011
Immune systemlinks from NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.July 29, 2011
Insect trappinga commercial site with useful background.July 29, 2011
Insect trappinginformation on the use of pheromone lures.July 29, 2011
Insect trappingsome useful background material from Florida.July 29, 2011
Insect wingssome basic details and definitions.July 29, 2011
Insect wingsusing wing venation in bees.July 29, 2011
Integrated pest managementfrom NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.July 29, 2011
Interferometersome background on interferometers.July 29, 2011
Interferometerthe Very Large Telescope Interferometer.July 29, 2011
Invasive speciesa South African view.July 29, 2011
Invasive speciesa USGS site with links -- excellent value.July 29, 2011
Invasive speciesan official Australian government portal.July 29, 2011
Invasive speciesan official US government portal.July 29, 2011
Invasive speciesUSDA National Agricultural Library site.July 29, 2011
Junk scienceA good story, but if you read nothing else, note the safety warning at the top.July 29, 2011
Junk sciencea method of assessing potentially revolutionary contributions to physics that you think may be crackpottery.July 29, 2011
Junk sciencea review of flat earth literature.July 29, 2011
Junk sciencecurious: the DHMO story.July 29, 2011
Junk sciencedebunking the paranormal: lots of links.July 29, 2011
Junk sciencesome of the urban myths of science.July 29, 2011
Junk sciencethe Bad Science site.July 29, 2011
Junk sciencethe Encyclopedia of Psychology: pseudoscience: good links.July 29, 2011
Junk sciencethe home page of Victor Stenger, with interesting links, but most of them heavy going.July 29, 2011
Junk sciencethe Museum of Unworkable Devices.July 29, 2011
Junk scienceThis page is called physics abused. Read it and see why.July 29, 2011
Kitesthere used to be a good box kite design, ready to make, but it seems to be gone-poke around the About Kites and Kiting Links tabs.July 29, 2011
Kitsthis site has lots of neat kits, though some may be unsafe or unsuitable: check first!July 29, 2011
Knots, breaking strain.handy material, how to tie the knots.July 29, 2011
Latin squaresthis is the home of EDGAR, a really neat program for generating Latin squares.July 29, 2011
Leyden jarsa good guide to making a Leyden jar: some of the links don't work.July 29, 2011
Leyden jarsa museum of old electrical apparatus, with pictures of Leyden jars and some history.July 29, 2011
Leyden jarshow to charge a Leyden jar: see the link to a dissectible Leyden jarJuly 29, 2011
Lichensbackground and definitionsJuly 29, 2011
Lichenslinks relating to lichens.July 29, 2011
LichensNorth American lichens, and a photo gallery: may be useful elsewhere. Think of it as a model to make your own gallery.July 29, 2011
Lichenswhat a lichen is, different types.July 29, 2011
LightningElectrostatic Discharges (ESD).July 29, 2011
Lightningpreventing ESD. (What's ESD? Read on!)July 29, 2011
Linksa links site from the University of Adelaide with excellent material: you need to drill down in this one!July 29, 2011
Linksan excellent set of links on science fairs.July 29, 2011
Linksscience forums, periodicals and programs.July 29, 2011
Linksscience resources: make sure you drill down through some of the links.July 29, 2011
Linksthe Exploratorium's Ten Cool Sites page: look out for the archives link on the left, because there are HEAPS of other sites listed here.July 29, 2011
Linksthe Gateway to Educational Materials (I happen to be a consortium member): use this US government portal to search for stuff that has been carefully selected.July 29, 2011
Linksthe main entry point for How Stuff Works.July 29, 2011
Linksthe Seed LaboratoryJuly 29, 2011
Linksthis has a number of links I already have, but it has even more that I don't..July 29, 2011
Living fossils the Wollemi pine.July 29, 2011
Mantidskeeping mantids fact sheet from an English zoo.July 29, 2011
Mantidsthe care of mantids, has some links.July 29, 2011
Mathematical amusementssome unusual bits and pieces of mathematics, well worth digging into.July 29, 2011
Medical historyA good general account. Link passed on by Courtney Riem. Go to the various tabs.July 29, 2011
Medicine, historya great Indian site to exploreJuly 29, 2011
Microscopyan excellent set of sources on the history of optics.July 29, 2011
Microscopyhow to use the microscope.July 29, 2011
Microscopythe virtual microscopy library.July 29, 2011
Moon phasesa neat lunar calendar: find out when that next full moon will be, or its phase, the day you were born (I was a new moon baby). Uses Java.July 29, 2011
Mosquito culturegrowing a variety of small invertebrates, emphasis on using them as fish food.July 29, 2011
Museumslinks to science centres and organisations.July 29, 2011
Museumsthe American Museum of Natural History.July 29, 2011
Museumsthe Exploratorium in San Francisco, one of my favourite places.July 29, 2011
Museumsthe National Museum of Australia.July 29, 2011
Museumsthe Questacon site in Canberra, a bit heavy on bandwidth.July 29, 2011
Natural HistoryAustralian Museum, Sydney: earth sciencesJuly 29, 2011
Natural HistoryAustralian Museum, Sydney: invertebratesJuly 29, 2011
Natural HistoryAustralian Museum, Sydney: vertebratesJuly 29, 2011
Natural HistoryAustralian National Herbarium, Canberra:Australian botanic gardensJuly 29, 2011
Natural HistoryAustralian National Herbarium, Canberra:Australia's Virtual HerbariumJuly 29, 2011
Natural HistoryAustralian National Herbarium, Canberra:Botanical Resource CentreJuly 29, 2011
Natural HistoryAustralian National Herbarium, Canberra:Databases of Australian plantsJuly 29, 2011
Natural HistoryAustralian National Herbarium, Canberra:Information about Australian plantsJuly 29, 2011
Natural HistoryCollections and research, W. A. Museum.July 29, 2011
Natural HistoryLinks to many more natural history museumsJuly 29, 2011
Natural HistoryMuseum Victoria, Melbourne:Discovery CentreJuly 29, 2011
Natural HistoryPseudoscorpions of the worldJuly 29, 2011
Natural HistoryTasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Home pageJuly 29, 2011
Natural HistoryWestern Australian Museum: CollectionsJuly 29, 2011
Newtonian mechanicsa book-on-the-Web by David SternJuly 29, 2011
Nuclear poweran essay favouring nuclear power.July 29, 2011
Nuclear powerfrom How Stuff Works: an explanation.July 29, 2011
Nuclear powernews stories with a pro-nuclear slant.July 29, 2011
Nuclear powerthe future of nuclear power, as seen by MIT.July 29, 2011
Nuclear powerthe Greenpeace organisation opposes nuclear power.July 29, 2011
Nuclear powerthe OECD Nuclear Energy Agency has some good links.July 29, 2011
Oil viscosityanother background pieceJuly 29, 2011
Oil viscosityexcellent background on automotive oils.July 29, 2011
Oil viscosityinterpreting automotive oil viscosity numbers.July 29, 2011
Optical illusionsa good set of links.July 29, 2011
Optical illusionsa quick run-down from one of the world experts, Richard L. Gregory.July 29, 2011
Optical illusionsa set of curious Japanese illusions.July 29, 2011
Optical illusionssome mediocre but different illusions on the main page, but check the links on the left, and ignore their nonsense about colour blindness, because the author doesn't know what he/she is talking about. (I'm colour blind!)July 29, 2011
Optical illusionsthis has some good copies of the standard ones.July 29, 2011
Opticsan excellent set of sources on the history of optics.July 29, 2011
Orrerya Java applet that simulates an orrery is one of the links from this page.July 29, 2011
Overseas natural history museum worth a visitAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryJuly 29, 2011
Overseas natural history museum worth a visitMuseum für Naturkunde, BerlinJuly 29, 2011
Overseas natural history museum worth a visitMuséum national d'Histoire naturelle, ParisJuly 29, 2011
Overseas natural history museum worth a visitNatural History Museum ViennaJuly 29, 2011
Overseas natural history museum worth a visitNatural History Museum, LondonJuly 29, 2011
Overseas natural history museum worth a visitOxford University Museum of Natural HistoryJuly 29, 2011
Overseas natural history museum worth a visitSedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, CambridgeJuly 29, 2011
Overseas natural history museum worth a visitSmithsonian Museum of Natural HistoryJuly 29, 2011
Paper planesa set of links.July 29, 2011
Parachutesnotes for making parachutes: check the links.July 29, 2011
Pascal's trianglea guide for teachers that may give you some hints.July 29, 2011
Pascal's trianglebackground information.July 29, 2011
Pascal's trianglegenerating Pascal's triangle in a spreadsheet.July 29, 2011
Pendulum clock stuffa clock hobbyist's view of the pendulum. See also timing devices.July 29, 2011
Periscopea design from the Exploratorium.July 29, 2011
PeriscopePage has a picture of William Beech with his periscope rifle.July 29, 2011
Periscopethe invention of the periscope.July 29, 2011
Periscopethe periscope rifle.July 29, 2011
Perpetual motionan amusing background piece.July 29, 2011
Perpetual motionthe Museum of Unworkable Devices.July 29, 2011
Petroleumthe museum that commemorates Drake's first oil well in Pennsylvania.July 29, 2011
Phenomicsfrom NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.July 29, 2011
Physics informationthis is Eric Weisstein's encyclopaedia of physics, an excellent resource.July 29, 2011
Physics linksanother excellent page from Donald Simanek.July 29, 2011
PlatypusesAustralian egg-laying mammals.July 29, 2011
Plimsoll lineencyclopaedia entry with picture.July 29, 2011
Plimsoll linehistory behind the Plimsoll line.July 29, 2011
Poetrya cockroach in verse - Archy and Mehitabel.July 29, 2011
Poetryan engineering poem.July 29, 2011
Pollutiona USGS site with links - excellent value.July 29, 2011
Pot luckamateur science sites: give this a try!July 29, 2011
Pot luckan excellent set of links - as the front page calls them, science gems, all sorted by age suitability. Get in here and burrow!July 29, 2011
Pot luckbuy the 'Scientific American' Amateur Scientist CD-ROM here (or get your librarian to look - this is a brilliant resource!). Failed July 29, 2011
Pot luckDonald Simanek's scrapbooks.July 29, 2011
Pot luckphysics toys from the incomparable Donald Simanek.July 29, 2011
Pot lucksome interesting home experiments: the site is a bit cumbersome, but worth persevering with.July 29, 2011
Pot luckthe Access Excellence Classic Collection, a set of essay/tutorials.July 29, 2011
Pressing plantsa more detailed account of how to prepare and mount plant specimens for a herbarium: this is the best!July 29, 2011
Pressing plantshow to collect and press seaweeds.July 29, 2011
Properties of metalsthermal conductivity and other properties of metals.July 29, 2011
Proteomicsfrom NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.July 29, 2011
Radio historythe apparatus used by Hertz in 1888.July 29, 2011
Radio history designs for spark transmitters. WARNING: these are illegal in most countries because they broadcast on all frequencies and cause interference.July 29, 2011
Rainbowsa lesson on rainbows and their causes.July 29, 2011
Rainbowsa Mad Scientist view: rainbows and cubic droplets.July 29, 2011
Rainbowsbuild a rainbowJuly 29, 2011
Rainbowsrainbow links.July 29, 2011
Rainbowsthe mathematics of rainbows.July 29, 2011
Rainbowsthe physics of a rainbow: Java applet, needs Java, OK but not brilliant. Some useful links.July 29, 2011
Referencesthis is Project Gutenberg, a great place to find older books.July 29, 2011
Rock collectinga useful set of links.July 29, 2011
Safetythis will give you good places to go to get Materials Safety Data Sheets.August 6, 2011
Sand particles some ideas for the study of sand particles.August 6, 2011
Science humourmolecules with amusing names. You can even find me among the contributors.August 6, 2011
Science news a science news site called 'Science News for Kids'.August 6, 2011
Science news a US government science portal.August 6, 2011
Science news Eurekalert is sponsored by AAAS, and offers news releases. You don't need to log in to use it.August 6, 2011
Science news Nature, a world journal published in Britain.August 6, 2011
Science news Popular Science magazine.August 6, 2011
Science news Science Daily.August 6, 2011
Science news Science News Online.August 6, 2011
Science news Science, a world journal published in the USA.August 6, 2011
Science news Scientific American, a world journal published in the USA.August 6, 2011
Science news the Newswise Science News site: this is the best, especially when you begin searching by keywords.August 6, 2011
Science News (old)browse or search this journal from 1846 to 1869: almost every page. Discover thumbnail views or master the search functions.August 6, 2011
Science projectsa good question, which they answer very well: what is a science project?August 6, 2011
Science projectsa handy guide with useful links.August 6, 2011
Science projectsproject ideas: the companion page to this page.August 6, 2011
Scientific frauda case study of faked data from 1819.August 6, 2011
Scientific frauda case study of people being duped.August 6, 2011
Scientific frauda different take on Intelligent Design.August 6, 2011
Scientific methodthe seven types of science: the text of two radio talks, showing that there is more than one sort of thing called science.August 6, 2011
Sediment in riversa Bulgarian sediment study, in English.August 6, 2011
Sediment in riverssome good background on simple sampling methods from the FAO, with pictures and diagrams: essential reading.August 6, 2011
Sediment in riversthis deals with the Colorado River: look in particular at the second link (overview), but many of the links are worth chasing.Failed August 6, 2011
Sediment in riversusing acoustic sampling: this is too advanced, but skim it to find out how real scientists do it!August 6, 2011
Seed viabilitya good explanation.August 6, 2011
Sensitive plantsabout Mimosa pigra.August 6, 2011
Sensitive plantsabout Mimosa pudica.August 6, 2011
Sensitive plantsthe carnivorous plants FAQ.August 6, 2011
Simple machinesall about the block and tackle.August 6, 2011
Simple machinesexcellent links, list of terms.August 6, 2011
Snail locomotiona serious study of factors influencing snail speed: this is not easy reading, but go to the PDF (needs Acrobat) and give it a try.August 6, 2011
Snail locomotionanother serious study on snail locomotion.August 6, 2011
Snail locomotionsome background on apple snails.August 6, 2011
Snail locomotionsome mollusc links from the Australian Museum.August 6, 2011
Snail locomotionsome mollusc links from the University of Melbourne.August 6, 2011
Snail locomotionsome snail information and links.August 6, 2011
Soil salinityfrom NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.August 6, 2011
Soil salinityfrom NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.August 6, 2011
Soil salinitylinks from NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.August 6, 2011
Soil watercalibrating soil water measurement devices: skim this for background.August 6, 2011
Soil watersoil water monitoring and measurement: fairly technical.August 6, 2011
Solar cellsa German site showing how solar cells work.August 6, 2011
Solar cellsan Australian company selling commercial products.August 6, 2011
Solar cellsmaking a solar cell in your kitchen: full instructions.August 6, 2011
Solar heatinga commercial site which explains the benefits of solar heating, with a few links.August 6, 2011
Solar heatinga set of neat designs for solar cookers in different languages. I liked the 'Fresnel' design.August 6, 2011
Solar heatinga useful set of links to chase.August 6, 2011
Solar heatingthe Solar Oven Society: information and a few links.August 6, 2011
Solar systema solar system coloring book - think of this as a source for your own pictures.August 6, 2011
Solar systemhow to get the right scales to build a model: needs Javascript enabled.August 6, 2011
Solar systemlinks from NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.August 6, 2011
Solar systemNine Planets: this is THE place to start!August 6, 2011
Solar systemplanets beyond our solar system.August 6, 2011
Solar system simulatora simulator from NASA.August 6, 2011
Space historyDoug Rickard was an Australian scientist who was involved in the early days of space tracking. He had many hair-raising tales to tell: these are just a few of them.August 6, 2011
Space historythe first successful firing of a scramjet engine: and it was an Australian engine!August 6, 2011
Space travela site for younger usersAugust 6, 2011
Space travela translation of Noordung's The Problem of Space Travel.August 6, 2011
Space travelhow humans dream of going into space.August 6, 2011
Space flight and spacecrafta book-on-the-Web by David SternAugust 6, 2011
Specific heatspecific heat, specific weight, fusion point, boiling point and calorific value for many materials. See also properties of metals.August 6, 2011
Specific weightspecific heat, specific weight, fusion point, boiling point and calorific value for many materials.August 6, 2011
Spiderskeeping Singapore spiders.August 6, 2011
Spiderssome background on spiders.August 6, 2011
Spidersspider page with several useful pages coming off it.August 6, 2011
Star mapsanother site with some handy links.August 6, 2011
Star mapsprint off a star map for your own sky.August 6, 2011
Star mapssome information about constellations.August 6, 2011
Statisticsa neat little replacement for a dead link, sent to me by a reader. Thanks, Ashley!August 6, 2011
Statisticsabout significant figures.August 6, 2011
Statisticsall about Student's t-test, including a neat little system to compare two sets of data and compare the null hypothesis that there is no difference between two samplesAugust 6, 2011
Statisticsanother page that offers excellent online help in doing statistical tests.August 6, 2011
Statisticscan you trust statistics? Examples of dopey correlations.August 6, 2011
Stem cellsfrom NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.August 6, 2011
Stone toolsa useful introductory article with a number of links.August 6, 2011
Stone toolspictures of some American examples.August 6, 2011
Stone toolssome useful background.August 6, 2011
Stream sampling and other FAQsLots of topics to fish through, from a commercial equipment supplier.August 6, 2011
Suna book-on-the-Web by David SternAugust 6, 2011
SundialsAn excellent site: includes a freeware sundial design program and many links. See also timing devices.August 6, 2011
Technology newsabout word recognition.August 6, 2011
Technology newsPopular Science magazine.August 6, 2011
Telegraphya history of the telegraph: sketchy on early attempts, but good on the later stages.August 6, 2011
TelegraphyA potted history about telegraphy and Edward Davy, the pioneer who migrated to Australia.August 6, 2011
Telegraphya slightly peculiar history of the telephone, covering much of the telegraph in passing: worth putting up with the hopeless layout.August 6, 2011
Telegraphythe text of 'Heroes of the Telegraph' by John Munro, a download from Project Gutenberg.August 6, 2011
Telegraphythe Wheatstone two-needle telegraph.August 6, 2011
Telescope basicsa good encyclopaedia entry.August 6, 2011
Telescope basicsan excellent set of sources on the history of optics.August 6, 2011
Telescope basicssome historical background from the University of Hawaii (they have just a few telescopes there!).August 6, 2011
Telescope basicsthis is from a commercial supplier, but will give you good coverage.August 6, 2011
Telescope linksthe Southern Skywatch page from Ian Musgrave, an all-round Good Bloke: this page has many links and is also essential reading. See also Astronomy 1August 6, 2011
Telescopescolour pictures from the AAT.August 6, 2011
Telescopesmodern telescopes: follow the links.August 6, 2011
Telescopesthe Anglo-Australian Telescope.August 6, 2011
TerrariumA simple version. Ignore the ads, go forward and then go back.August 6, 2011
Terrariuma terrarium in a bottle.August 6, 2011
Thereminsa handy introduction with some links.Failed August 6, 2011
Thereminsmore theremin links.August 6, 2011
Thin rock sectionsa quick introduction to thin sections with some useful links.August 6, 2011
Thin rock sectionsmaking thin sections by hand.August 6, 2011
Thin rock sectionssome selected images of rock sections.August 6, 2011
Time sensea system for testing time estimation that does not work all that well: can you make a better one? (Needs Java)August 6, 2011
Time sensean odd side-issue that may be worth chasing (or may not - I just chanced on this).August 6, 2011
Time senseanother page that offers some ideas on how to set up your experiment. (Note that you are supposed to ask for a log-in code to actually use it, but ignore that.)Failed August 6, 2011
Timing devicessome unusual designs, but rather technical.August 6, 2011
Timing devicessome useful history, but check the pages before and after.August 6, 2011
Torsion penduluma highly technical account of the torsion pendulum.August 6, 2011
Torsion pendulumabout Henry Cavendish, with advice on repeating his experiment and good links.August 6, 2011
Torsion pendulumabout Maskelyne, Cavendish and Boys.August 6, 2011
Torsion penduluman account of the Coulomb balance.Failed August 6, 2011
Torsion penduluman excellent description of the physics of the pendulum and its setup.August 6, 2011
Torsion pendulumthe Coulomb balance: an account notable only for a legal disclaimer that is longer than the instructions.August 6, 2011
Torsion pendulumthe Michell-Cavendish experiment.August 6, 2011
Tsunamisa University of Washington site.August 6, 2011
Tsunamisa USGS site with links: excellent value.August 6, 2011
Tsunamisfrom NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science: always a good starting point.August 6, 2011
Tsunamissome background from experts.August 6, 2011
Ultraviolet detectorsmaking a detector (needs electronics skills).August 6, 2011
Vaccinesa very neat tutorial on the basics, with some useful links to follow.August 6, 2011
Venerable wombata pointer back to the origins of this page.August 6, 2011
Viscositygood background.August 6, 2011
Viscosityhow to measure viscosity.August 6, 2011
Volcanoesa links site from the University of Adelaide with excellent material.August 6, 2011
Volcanoesa National Geographic site: the forces of nature.August 6, 2011
Volcanoesa useful USGS site with links.August 6, 2011
Volcanoesglossary of volcano terms. See also columnar jointing.August 6, 2011
Watercurious: ABOUT DHMO.August 6, 2011
Water clocksome useful history, but see also the pages before and after.August 6, 2011
Water pollutionsome background and useful links.August 6, 2011
Water pollutionsome USGS background and links in eutrophication.August 6, 2011
Water qualitya USGS site with links: excellent value.August 6, 2011
Water resources, marine and coastal geologya links site from the University of Adelaide with excellent material.August 6, 2011
Water salinitya South Australian view of Murray salinity problems: check the links on the left.August 6, 2011
Water salinitysalinity in the Murray-Darling basin: map and links.August 6, 2011
Water salinitysome CSIRO salinity research.August 6, 2011
Water wheela chaotic water wheel: this is seriously advanced, but looks like fun: note that there are other pages on this topic, so do a search.August 6, 2011
Water wheela water wheel project, though this one seems more decorative than useful.August 6, 2011
Wattles in winterwhy do some Acacias bloom in winter in Australia?August 6, 2011
Weather, extremea National Geographic site: the forces of nature.August 6, 2011
Wind vaneA simple model.August 6, 2011
Wind vaneUsing a wind vane in wind power generation.August 6, 2011
Zircon extraction.some methods of extracting zircons and zirconia.August 6, 2011
Zoetropea commercial site with useful information.August 6, 2011
Zoetropebackground about zoetropes, and links to more information.August 6, 2011
Zoetropehow to make a zoetrope, with a link to all the bits you need to print.August 6, 2011
Zoetropelinks to animation-related pages.August 6, 2011


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