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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
Click Webscape-r

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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We start with a trip to the heavens, courtesy of Microsoft at Worldwidetelescope.

Now this is by no means the only universe explorer on the web - we have shown lots of these in Webscape over the years - but I love the way this application works and there are some really nice guided tours.

This interactive application puts a planetarium on your PC. You control a telescope which you can zoom around the skies with, exploring famous landmarks (or should that be skymarks?) such as the Eagle Nebula, the Antenna Galaxies, and a little closer to home... Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Clicking a thumbnail will see your personal telescope zoom through the skies to reach its destination.

Go into the View menu and you can change the location of the telescope you are viewing the sky from and even set the date back in the past, or even the future.

When you are done exploring you can sit back and take a guided tour, accessed through the menu at the top.

It is a big, big universe out there, be careful you do not get lost. logo
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The internet is full of people with opinions.

Far from being a passive viewing experience it is now possible to add reviews and points of view to many of the websites you stumble across. A fine example of this can be found at Pollthepeople.

The idea of this site is to allow you to discover people's top five recommendations in a growing number of user "voted" and "suggested polls.

Once inside a poll you can click the links to find out more about the article mentioned. I like the Celebrity Top Fives, where they have asked certain well-known people to give their own opinion.

If you want to take part and add your own thoughts you will need to register by clicking Sign Up. As well as being able to add your own top fives you can now take advantage of the site's social networking elements and make connections with people who have the same kinds of opinion as you do.

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Next up is an awesome new search facility which is both visually stunning and brilliant in its execution.

Searchme is a search engine with a serious difference. As you type in words to search, the engine will auto-complete various subjects you might be interested in and give you some click-throughs below.

Click on a section which is relevant and another page opens allowing you to preview the pages you are thinking of surfing. Click the pages on the right to scroll forwards through the links, and when you have found a page that suits your taste just click it in the main screen.

Simple, brilliant and really quite useful. You cannot ask for more than that in a website.

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And finally, a fun little widget that will help you decide what sunglasses to buy.

You can actually purchase sunglasses from this site, but you do not even have to register to start trying on specs from their extensive range of designer styles to see how they will look on your face.

Click the Revolutioneyes logo on the left to begin, then upload a picture from your hard drive. The maximum size it can be is 300KB, and you need a good picture of you facing forwards for the best results.

The image will be stored on the site's memory for 10 days, or until you clear out your internet cookies. Next click the uploaded photo and resize it to fit in the dressing room window using the slider on the left.

Use the buttons below the sliders to select a brand and then style. Once the glasses are in place use the slider and dial to fine-tune the size and rotation to see how you will look in a nice pair of Ray Bans, or Fendis, or even some Oakley ski goggles.

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