On a recent vacation to the Milwaukee area, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend a program on Nikola Tesla at the Discovery World Center. It renewed in me a desire to explore, question, discover and learn about new things. I don’t recall ever learning about Nikola Tesla but his contributions to the world were electrifying.
The presentation was engaging and interesting and when I left, I wanted to know more, to do more, to discover and to learn new things. One particular comment during the program intrigued me; when Tesla would ask his teachers questions, if they couldn’t answer his questions Tesla set out to find the answers. Throughout the program, the presenter also quoted, “It is not what you know, but what you do with what you know.” Truly inspiring.
Therefore, in the spirit of learning something new, of discovery and of exploring I set out to discover websites dedicated to teaching and learning something new. While eHow, Instructables,How Stuff Works and of course Associated Content all offer informative and interesting articles I wanted to go to sites that are perhaps a little less known yet still generate interesting and factual or fun things to know.
A Little Bit of Everything
RefDesk is a page of links to facts, historical and in the news articles, games, reference sources, weather, word of the day and much more such as magazines, newspapers, reference guides and health information. It is a feast for knowledge seekers of short but informative delicacies.
The home page of So You Wanna has an editor’s pick and links to featured articles. The main categories and focus of site are lifestyle, health, leisure and work & business. The Editor’s Picks for today are “B Vitamins for the Skin” and “The History of German Shepherd Dogs.”
5min claims to be the one-stop shop for instructional videos and DIY projects. With 21 main categories, each containing several sub categories there is plenty to watch and learn about here.
Monkey See offers practical how to videos ranging from mechanical topics to travel, sports and gardening.
Art and Science
Your Daily Art shares art images. The blog posts an image along with some basic information. While the posts are not daily, the blog has posts dating back to 2005.
If you are interested in current news concerning physics, space and earth, nanotechnology, biology, medicine and health, head on over to Physorg.com .
Visitor Info, Discovery World
Tesla Biography, Tesla Memorial Society of New York
So You Wanna, So You Wanna
5min’s Highlights, 5min Life Videopedia
Martha, Your Daily Art, Your Daily Art
Monkey See See How the Experts Do it, MonkeySee
How Stuff Works, How Stuff Works A Discovery Company
Spotlight News Stories, Physorg.com
Associated Content, Associated Content