15 Cool And Interesting Websites Where You Can Learn Something New Every Day AND Have Fun!

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Just a few decades ago you had to spend hours getting lost in hundreds of books at a local library or take classes to learn something you’re interested in. Today, it’s all literally at your fingertips! Here are 15 of the best websites on the Internet where you can learn something new every day while having fun!

1. Every Noise

Every Noise is a scatter-plot map based on an algorithm of over 1,270 music genres. Some are the ones you already know but some are more obscure than others, like "contemporary post-bop" or "gothic symphonic metal." Just click on a genre to get a sense of what it sounds like; click again and the map pulls out a list of related artists and bands!

http://everynoise.com/engenremap.html

2. Geotargit

Just type a place’s name and find out how many other places in the world have the same name. Or you can also learn how many places were named after foods!

http://us.geotargit.com/called.php?qcity=eray&all=all&part=beginning

3. Globe of Economic Complexity

Ever wanted to see the true scale of the world economy? This website visualizes 15 trillion dollars of world trade. One dot equals 100 million dollars of exported products. 

http://globe.cid.harvard.edu/?mode=productspace3D&id=US

4. Mt. Everest in 3D

This interactive 3D map of Mt. Everest is unique in its resolution, unparalleled in detail, and based on the latest satellite technology! The map includes the two most-traveled routes to the highest mountain on Earth, all historical routes and the most famous trekking routes in the Khumbu region. 

http://www.explore-everest.com/

5. World Conflicts

This website is an active map of all of the world’s conflicts and breaking news. So if you feel like it’s impossible to understand what’s going on in the Middle East, or between Ukraine and Russia, here’s a great tool to start learning.

https://world.liveuamap.com/

6. Periodic Stats

Periodic Stats is a dead-easy web-based Periodic Table to click around, showing all the stats and the history of each element. If you hated chemistry in high school, this might be the time to start loving it!

http://periodicstats.com/

7. Old Computers

This website is dedicated to the preservation and display of these vintage computer systems. Just click and explore old computers from the dawn of time and re-live the past! 

For fun, view all 150 old computers all at the same time to appreciate how diverse and interesting they are.  

http://oldcomputers.net/

8. Species in Pieces

In Pieces is an interactive exhibition of 30 of the world’s most interesting but unfortunately endangered species – their survivals laying literally, in pieces. Superb cause, amazingly designed, and executed! 

http://species-in-pieces.com/#

9. Affine Layer

If you wonder how the cat you drew would look like in real life, here’s an amazing website to help you see. You’ll be amazed at the results if you’re a good painter, but you’ll have fun seeing strangely shaped creatures like in the example above if you’re not! So either way, you’ll have fun.

https://affinelayer.com/pixsrv/

10. Before the Flood

Leonard DiCaprio hosted a National Geographic documentary about climate change, and here’s the website which is sort of a side project for it. By clicking on different locations on the map, you can see rising sea levels and how threatening the climate change actually is. 

https://www.beforetheflood.com/explore/the-crisis/sea-level-rise/

11. Seeing Theory

Seeing Theory is a web app that visualizes the fundamental concepts covered in an introductory college statistics or Advanced Placement statistics class. This resource can be used by students as an additional resource to textbook, professor, and peers. It permits to realize basic probability, compound probability, distributions, statistical inference, linear regression.

http://students.brown.edu/seeing-theory/

12. Lango Rhythm

This application turns text into music! You can use it for inspiration for melodies. The result varies from chaos to really interesting unconventional melodies. 

Type or paste text into the text area. Then click the buttons below to either listen to a preview of the melody in the browser or to save the midi file. 

http://kickthejetengine.com/langorhythm/

13. Stuff in Space

Stuff in Space tracks thousands of satellites, spent rockets, and debris as they orbit the Earth in real time. The website allows users to see exactly what objects are floating around out there, giving their location, orbit, and speed.

http://stuffin.space/?intldes=2009-016B

14. Xefer

Put in any number of terms you would find on a Wikipedia search and watch as all of it eventually joins into a few main lines that eventually lead back to "Philosophy." Sounds useless? It’s actually surprisingly fun! 

https://xefer.com/wikipedia

15. Impact Earth

''Impact: Earth!'' is a website that allows anyone to calculate the potential damage a comet or asteroid would cause if it hit the Earth.

The interactive website is scientifically accurate enough to be used by homeland security and NASA, but user-friendly and visual enough for elementary school students!

https://www.purdue.edu/impactearth/

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