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Last Updated: Friday, 11 February, 2005, 16:10 GMT
Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
BBC Click Online Webscape-r

Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

File Magazine

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The web is rich with diversity and choice, so I thought it appropriate to start this week's Webscape with a site dedicated to taking a different perspective.

File Magazine is basically a gallery of photography, delivered in a periodical magazine format on the web.

The tag line at the top pretty much says it all - it is a collection of unexpected photographs.

According to the blurb, the photographs come from pretty much anywhere, including images that the site's creators have seen and liked - and asked permission to publish, of course - and even unsolicited submissions by visitors like you and me.

The thing that holds all these images together in a collection is the perspective they were taken from.

And it really does make for a stunning and unique collection.

You can either browse this month's images, or have a look through the various galleries that are on display.

Navigation is intuitive, and the pages load nice and quickly, which is always a relief when you're dealing with lots of photographic content.

I love the coloured smoke series - in fact, I loved all of the galleries in their own way - but I also found it interesting to read about how the coloured smoke images were created.

And when you are done with the current issue, there is a quick link to the back issues just waiting to be clicked by those who can't get enough of these unique and quirky visions.

Molecular Expressions

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Molecular Expressions is another interesting image site that takes an alternative look at the world, this time through the lens of a microscope.

The site itself is jammed with all sorts of information about this art form, and how you can have a go yourself.

But more than that, there is a serious science side to this website too, and you can use the links on the left to learn about all sorts of things from optics to cellular structures and sub-atomic particles.

The photo gallery section is where you will find all the collections, though I have to say I found the layout in this section scrappy and hard to navigate.

You have to scroll down the page and click on any links within the text that interest you - it is a shame because this was an otherwise well designed site.

But my real reason for bringing you here is the Secret Worlds Universe, which takes you step by step on a 10 million light-year journey from outer space, right down to sub-atomic level inside a leaf on a tree.

It really puts the scale of our part of the universe into thought-provoking perspective, although it may take a few minutes to load up if you're on a narrowband connection.


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Now something for those of you that feel a little out of your depth when visiting fancy art galleries and museums, because you do not know all the arty lingo.

Artlex is basically a lexicon of more than 3,500 words and expressions used in the discussion of art and visual culture: things like rabbet (a groove along a frame), and pigment (a finely powered coloured material).

Again, the layout could have been improved with a further shortcut screen containing a link to each word, rather than having to scroll down a long list of words all beginning with a certain letter.

But the diagrams, pictures and links to accompany them make this a real powerhouse of information for anyone wanting to know what all those art critics and cultural buffs are talking about.

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