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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.

Best of the web from Kate Russell

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If you had told me that science can be fun when I was in school I would not have believed you, but when I was in school there were not websites like this to enjoy.

Here you will find films and experiments on all things scientific.

The interesting thing about the content here is it has been submitted by users of the site, so it is really varied and often very entertaining, such as the young lad making a turboturd out of sulphuric acid and sugar.

To navigate, use the panel on the left. If you think you have the talent to contribute to the site take a look at About SciCast. There is even a competition running at the moment which you can find more about on Submit Film.

As well as the videos, there are some great experiments you can try yourself. All experiments come with an illustrated step-by-step guide, so give in to your curiosity and expand your mind. And obviously make sure youngsters are properly supervised.

aniBoom website
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This website is an absolute humdinger.

Even if you have never attempted animation before you will be up and running in no time with this website. There are no downloads and the interface is pretty easy to use once you have figured it out.

There are actually two key parts to this website - take a look under the Create tab for an overview of both.

MicroSmotion allows you to make animated gifs with your webcam. It is pretty straight forward so I will let you work that out for yourself. But if you do not have a webcam you can use the ShapeShifter feature for your animation fun.

The site lays out exactly what ShapeShifter is, with links to information and a video tutorial you can watch to grab the basics. When you are ready, launch the ShapeShifter application. You can now place shapes, resize, recolour and rotate them to create a basic image. But the fun starts when you animate. Click the green + button to create a new frame, then adjust the shape on screen in stop-motion style.

You will need to register to save and export your creation as an animated gif. Then you can send it to friends or use it on your website or blog.

Google Sky website
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Google Sky is where you can take a tour of the heavens, cruising through galaxies as you tour planets and stars many millions of light years away. Just like Google's popular Google Maps, you can pan, zoom in and out, and search for particular far off destinations.

For example, type Saturn in the search box provided. Click the planet symbol to see text about its most recently recorded position, then use the zoom bar to glide through open space towards your destination.

The thumbnails across the bottom jump you to various different sections such as solar systems, constellations and the Hubble Showcase. Click one for further thumbnails to see the stunning space images. Clicking Home here brings you back to the top level menu.

Disney's Hot Shot Business website
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Finally, a little fun for the younger ones. This is a cool game from those nice people at Disney.

You can register to play but you do not have to, just click the appropriate link. The first step is to choose a business, be it pet spa, skate shop, candy store or whatever. Along the way the hosts, Jack and Kate, step you clearly through the game, but you can hit skip if you have heard it all before.

I will not bore you with the mechanics, as it is all pretty straight forward. Just watch out for the news flashes that pop up every now and then, giving you clues to a possible change in market demand.

If you react correctly and market the new service you will find your business beginning to boom. Pretty soon you will have a mini tycoon on your hands, so you can retire and live comfortably in an incredible mansion.

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