What are the most productive ways to spend time on the Internet?

Answer by Rohit Shinde:

Here are some sites which I frequently visit.
Note: Some of them have been already mentioned above.

These pander to various interests, so I hope there is at least one new site which you discovered through this answer.

  1. The Whole Brain Atlas
    This is a sub-website of Harvard. It explains all about the brain including how various brain diseases occur and such stuff.
  2. Human Anatomy
    This will help you learn about the Human Anatomy. It is more of a course, but a casual learner can pick up quite a few things.
  3. http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/
    If you are interested in learning genetics, then this site is for you. Teaches a lot about genetics. It is a nice place to pick up information on your genes.
  4. http://www.dartmouth.edu/~humana…
    Basic Human Anatomy
  5. Anatomy Drill and Practice
    This site details every little thing about your anatomy, from its constituent tissues to its constituent molecules.
  6. Human Genome Project
    The Human Genome Project. Everything related to the Human Genome Project is archived here, from results to publications to funding.
  7. http://www.livescience.com/
    For news about Science.
  8. http://www.compadre.org/
    Contains resources and articles on Astronomy and Physics.
  9. http://www.gnowledge.com
    Tests on various subjects, including programming, TV shows, teaching, history, etc. You can pick up a lot of knowledge by simply frequenting this site a lot.
  10. http://lesswrong.com/
    It has articles on human rationality. It will help you become a more rational and logical person. The articles on this site are amazing. As a sneak-peek to the articles on the site, check out this one: http://lesswrong.com/lw/2b0/baye…, it illustrates Bayes' Theorem in layman terms.
  11. http://www.3quarksdaily.com
    This site posts interesting articles around the web, six days a week. The articles are related to either Science, Literature, current affairs, art and anything else that is fascinating.
  12. http://www.janes.com/
    This site hosts articles related to Defense and Intelligence, like which country has what weapons, artillery and missiles and such. It also carries an analysis of each country's firepower.
  13. http://science.nasa.gov/
    The name says it all.
  14. http://deoxy.org/
    Contains articles on every topic under the sun. Very interesting.
  15. http://www.todayifoundout.com/
    Learn new facts everyday.
  16. http://www.defensetech.org
    Articles relating to military power of each country.
  17. http://www.fas.org/index.html
    Again, articles related to defense and military power.
  18. http://missilethreat.com/
    A site which analyses missile power of each country. Like, for example, India just tested Agni III, so it will analyse that tests and its implications for the world.
  19. http://www.allmilitaryweapons.com/
    A catalog of the most powerful weapons on earth ever built.
  20. http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/
    All about the Indian Military.
  21. http://www.myvocabulary.com/
    Improve your vocabulary.
  22. http://etymonline.com
    For those of you interested in Etymology, this site gives the etymology of each and every word found in a standard dictionary.
  23. http://thefreedictionary.com
    Same as myvocabulary, but with a lot of difference.
  24. Visuwords™ online • Visual Dictionary, Visual Thesaurus
    Visualise each wrod. See what it is related. It will help you become fluent in English and especially in synonyms.
  25. Free online speed reading software
    Increase your reading speed. This software claims to triple your reading speed.
  26. http://virtualsalt.com
    Articles on various topics.
  27. http://dailywritingtips.com
    For those interested in writing, this site has got numerous invaluable tips.
  28. http://dailygrammar.com
    Improve your English Grammar. Helps in finding out faults in your grammar.
  29. The Story of Mankind
    The story of man since the beginning of time. Related to History. It'll be interesting for all the history buffs out there.
  30. http://authentichistory.com
    Learn about Contemporary World History.
  31. http://historylearningsite.co.uk
    A History of the United Kingdoms.
  32. ClassZone – World History
    Will help you become a modern History expert.
  33. http://www.icivics.org/
    Become a better citizen. Learn civis. Civics made so interesting, you'll probably fall in love with it.
  34. http://historylink101.com/2/gree…
    Learn  about Greek Mythology.
  35. http://listhings.com
    Take online notes. Its like sticky notes, except that its online. So you can access it from anywhere.
  36. http://www.freedos.org/
    An OS compatible with MS DOS
  37. http://geology.com
    A site based on earth sciences. It even contains articles on paleontology.
  38. http://paleosoc.org
    Paleontological society.
  39. http://english.fossiel.net
    Information on location of fossils and related stuff
  40. http://paleodatabase.org
    A database containing information on every fossil found till now.
  41. http://fossilmuseum.net
    The evolution of fossils.
  42. http://www.biography.com/
    Biography of famous people.
  43. http://immunicity.org
    Circumvent censorship
  44. http://breathingearth.net
    Simulates real time Carbon Dioxide data.
  45. http://cia.gov
    The World Factbook
  46. http://gunsandammo.com
    Learn about guns and ammunition. An excellent magzine.
  47. http://fedstats.gov
    Contains each and every statistic. Just click and you can see the statistics.


  48. http://www.inventorbasics.com/
    For wannabe inventors. This site lists out all legalities you would need to take care of.
  49. http://www.epo.org/learning-even…
    The Inventor's Handbook.
  50. http://www.calresco.org/
    For those curious about Chaos Theory
  51. Defencyclopedia
    For those interested in matters related to military
  52. Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
    Again for military news
  53. Pilots & Planes Military
    Information related to aircraft that militaries all over the world use.
  54. Anne's Astronomy News
    Stuff related to astronomy
  55. Indian Defence Review
    A site dedicated to articles on threats to indian security as well as highlighting India's firepower.
  56. http://lookingforpullrequests.com
    For those people who want to contribute to opensource but do not have any idea as to which projects to contribute to, this site will list the projects which need contributors.
  57. http://rbwhitaker.wikidot.com
    A site for learning about how to make games. This guy makes game using C#, and his games are simply awesome!
  58. http://aigamedev.com
    Explains the nuances of Artificial Intelligence in games.
  59. http://gameai.com
    If you want to learn how to build AI in your game, this is the site for you.
  60. Learn Excel, Charting Online
    Learn Excel. You will be amazed at the things you can do with Excel.
  61. http://governancenow.com
    Commentary on India Politics
  62. Quick and Dirty Tips
    Improve your grammar
  63. Make A Flash Game
    Learn how to create flash games.
  64. http://ipcs.org
    A think tank site related to issues between India and Pakistan.
  65. Stratfor
    A website, dedicated to geopolitics.
  66. Arthapedia
    Learn terms frequently encountered in economics. The best site for picking up economics fast.
  67. http://allmilitaryweapons.com
    Website providing information about all kinds of military weapons from around the world.
  68. Army Technology
    Website for those in defence industries.
  69. http://blackanthem.com
    Offers military news not generally found in mainstream media.
  70. AnandTech | Home
    Website which reviews all laptops and gadgets and explains latest electronics technology.
  71. Defence and Security Alert Magazine
    Indian Defence Magazine
  72. National Defense Magazine
    A military magazine analysing everything related to the armed forces.
  73. Indian Defence Analysis –
    Another military forum
  74. Force India
    An intelligence and national security magazine
  75. Reality Sandwich: Evolving Consciousness, Bite by Bite
    A nice site containing good articles
  76. Erowid
    All documentation relating to drugs.
  77. Factropolis — A Fun Fact Every Day!
    A fun fact everyday!
  78. FactMe! Your Interesting Fact of the Day
    Interesting facts everyday!
  79. Wordorigins.org
    A site dedicated to etymology
  80. Etymologically Speaking…
    A nice page which gives you the curious origins of some words.
  81. http://grammar-monster.com
    Improve your grammar
  82. http://eyewitnesstohistory.com
    History told by those who witnessed it.
  83. http://www.statistics.com/
    A site for those who love statistics. Get every statistic available on the Internet.
  84. http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/
    A geopolitics website. A commentary on foreign affairs.
  85. http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com
    Another geopolitical website.

These are some of the sites that I find interesting.

As an aside, there is a site, http://www.pearltrees.com, which lets you bookmark sites to visit them later. You organize bookmarks into related trees. This lets you keep track of good sites so you can visit them later if you are bored. It also has a social networking component so you can see others who have interesting sites also.

I will be adding more sites to this answer soon.

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