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THE ENIGMA PROJECT HOMEPAGE
Investigations of unexplained phenomena that avoid sensationalism. UFOs, cryptozoology (unknown animals), parapsychology, Fortean events (strange rains), and more. Most items list the facts but don’t draw a conclusion; some list the facts and discredit wild theories (the Gravity Hill outside Baltimore, for example, is proven to be an optical illusion, and not a violation of physics).
HANDS-ON SCIENCE LINKS
A list of links to public museum sites from around the world that have an emphasis on interactive science education. Start here and see where you end up.
THE ANNALS OF IMPROBABLE RESEARCH
How to best launch a chunk of spam? Paul Wide suggests liquid nitrogen. This and other ridiculous experiments are documented by AIR, half-science and half-comedy. “Feline Responses to Bearded Men” and “The Taxonomy of Barney” are other experiments they’ve conducted.
POPULAR MECHANICS TIME MACHINE
A virtual time machine that investigates leaps in technology during the past century, using Popular Mechanics covers from the periods to illustrate the articles. From early torpedoes to bizarre French ideas (like using the Eiffel Tower to harness electricity from hailstorms) that never came about, PM Time Machine is highly entertaining.
SCIENCE MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS IN POPULAR
Gravity in space is not zero, and can, in fact, be fairly strong. Clouds, fogs, and mist are not composed of water vapor – that is, water in its gaseous form – but are, instead, composed of very small drops of liquid water. It’s inaccurate to say that there are seven colors in the rainbow. And much more, including links to other “bad science” sites.
ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY
Spectacular photos from today and days past, always accompanied by intelligent prose to explain what you’re seeing. We were treated to erupting volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io, as photographed by Voyager in 1979; after that we stuck around to catch up on past photos.
THE TRUTH ABOUT SHARKS
More widely-held but inaccurate notions are set right. Sharks are smart, perceptive, and usually stop eating humans after one bite. Statistics and trivia can be found next to helpful hints to remember next time you’re attacked by a shark, plus more.
– September 1996
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