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

Flickr website

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I am sure you all remember that last year we covered Flickr, the photo album sharing site that has taken the Internet by storm. Well, now they made a great site even better with Flickr.com/explore.

This is basically an extension to the site, where public images that have been rated with high degrees of "interestingness" can be explored.

Each time you launch the main page a different feature image will be displayed.

You click the image to read the comments that have been made by other surfers, which is a great way of internet "people-watching".

If you want to make your own selection, then pick a month from the drop down menu on the right, then click a thumbnail on whatever day you like and if you are registered you can leave your own comments under an image.

NatureWatch website

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Now, there is certainly no shortage of people talking about the negative effects of climate change just lately, but maybe there is something positive we can all do to help.

Well, a Canadian programme at NatureWatch believe there is, and you can read about it here.

The website basically encourages schools, naturalists and back yard enthusiasts to start monitoring the nature in their own area in particular the sections covered at the moment: Frog Watch, Ice Watch, Plant Watch and Worm Watch.

Obviously you will need to be resident in Canada for your data to count in their monitoring project, but you will also find loads of great information on these pages about the various sections and why it is important to keep an eye on nature.

Check out the Virtual Worm Tour to see how a worm works in harmony with the earth and then click through to Discover Soil Activities in the same section to find out how to make your own mini eco-system.

What's That Bug? website

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If you have discovered some strange looking creepy crawly while out monitoring your worms, take a picture of it and send it to the lovely helpful people at What's That Bug.

As the name would suggest, this blog site's creators are offering to identify any bug from anywhere in the world. This is great news if you come across some strange oddity and do not know what it is, but also great news for those of us that prefer to stay away from the dark corners of the garden, as surfing this website is almost as good as discovering the beasties yourself.

Posted blog style, requests for help are displayed on the main page with the response underneath and it is a proper little sideshow of weirdness. Scroll down to jump to information about bug specific categories on the left.

The other sections listed on the left are Carnage and Bug Love, which pretty much speak for themselves.

I love the friendly editorial that goes with these images. These people are clearly nuts about bugs.

Words Without Borders website

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And finally, a great website I found when I was looking for information on Middle Eastern literature.

The purpose of Words Without Borders is quite simply to expand the cultural horizons of anyone who loves to read, by translating into English either the whole of, or excerpts from many of the most notable pieces of writing from every corner of the world.

There are reviews from many patrons of the site too which really allow you to get a flavour for the work.

There are books translated from Russian, Arabic and Chinese, and you can surf the contents by continent, or choose to look at the selection based on the kind of region it is from coastal, mountainous, etc. I also found the blog section fun to read.

And let us not forget these translated books are mostly obscure pieces of work from far flung places that would never normally get translated for an English speaking audience. So make the most of it.

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