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Last Updated: Friday, 10 August 2007, 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK
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By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Space.com

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Space.com is the resource for anybody with an interest in space flight, the stars and planets or astronomy.

This site is so big it can take a while to navigate around it but the wealth of information it contains makes it well worth a visit.

The site is organised into categories such as spaceflight, technology and the night sky.

The spaceflight section contains up-to-date news about current space missions, here you will find the current training schedule for the international space station and information about the latest privately owned space craft.

These stories are accompanied by multimedia elements which explain the technology involved as well as some pretty breathtaking photos.

The science and technology sections host more in depth articles about the latest space related discoveries, and technology is the home of the virtual tour of the solar system.

This is a cool little feature which includes photos and stats about planets along with CG diagrams explaining their composition and atmospheres. Definitely the quickest way of taking a tour from Jupiter to Mercury.

One of my favourite parts of the site is the space views section which contains thousands of images of space and users are encouraged to upload their own photos here.

With contributions from astronauts such as Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan and noted scientists Space.com is great site for anybody with an interest in the heavens above.


Castles of the World

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Castles, fortresses and monasteries - you will find them all at Castles.org. This site features castles and fortifications from all over the world.

While the site has a huge list of medieval castles some of the buildings featured are newer than you might expect, the castles in the USA and Canada for instance could hardly be considered ancient when most of them are a mere 200 years old.

The homepage has a featured castle of the week selected from the global database.

If you want to search for a specific castle, select the country you are interested in from the showcase header on the homepage. From here you are presented with a list of castles in that country.

Each entry includes photos and reader reviews, some of the more famous fortifications like the Tower of London also include video clips.

For anybody that is considering visiting these buildings in person, there is information on organised tours.

And for those wanting to really splash out there are links to sites that have castles which are available to buy or rent.


Good Reads

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Good Reads combines social networking with an appreciation for good books. The site is designed to help you track the books that you and your group of online friends are reading.

The site works mainly through recommendations of good reads from a friend's list.

To get started just register for free, this will create a profile, than create a list of friends from their e-mail addresses. If you do not have any friends that would be interested in recommending good reads do not worry, there are plenty of recommendations from existing site users available on your profile page.

The real fun comes from receiving recommendations from users whose taste you trust.

To start recommending your own books open My Books from the profile page. Next you are presented with a search option. Just enter the title, author or the ISBN number of the book you are looking for.

Good reads retrieves the books info from Amazon and then it is up to you to write a review for the site's bookshelf.

Clicking on the Explore option allows you to track the popularity of a book amongst your friends list.

The Meet People option shows you who has read and reviewed the largest amount of books recently and it allows you to leave messages for other users.

And finally, the writing section is for users who fancy turning their hand to writing themselves. Stories can be posted here and scrutinised by the rest of the community.

This is a quirky and interesting site that makes choosing what book to read next something of an adventure.


Dark Horisons

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Dark Horizons has been running since 1997 and has become one of the most trusted sites on the web for movie news, reviews and the inside track on film industry gossip.

And by gossip I do not mean which movie stars are dating one another, this site deals with the serious business of making movies.

The site design is extremely clear and simple with all of the site's areas of interest laid out at the top of the homepage.

The news page is updated daily and brings together movie news from sources all of over the world: the film section contains interviews with stars and directors as well as lots of confirmed information about upcoming blockbusters.

My favourite part of the site is the trailers section. In here you will find links to new movie trailers.

This site scores brownie points because its trailers are culled from all over the world, often containing different footage to the trailers available in your own country.

There are hundreds of movie news pages out there but this is a slick and very informative example of this kind of site.




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