Want to keep tabs on what is going on in government? Need to send an angry letter to your congressman? Congress.org puts the legislative wing of government at your fingertips.
Environmental Working Group www.ewg.org
The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit environmental research organization that is dedicated to improving public health and protecting the environment by reducing pollution in air, water and food. With environmental news so politicized these days, the EWG is impartial, scientific, and comprehensive.
If you dont live in the state of Pennsylvania, this site isnt going to hold a lot of interest for you, but its a good model for what a government site should be.
MoveOns goal is to motivate people to take a greater interest in government and the issues of the day, turning back apathy and welcoming people back into the fold of politics. Although the conventional thinking is that one person cant make a difference, MoveOn has about two million online activists who would beg to differ.
The Note www.abcnew.go.com/sections/politics/TheNote/TheNotel.html
Its a long URL, no question, but if you are into politics and the issues of the day, this is a good site to visit.
Print and Zines
AlterNet is a collection of news stories published by alternative newspapers across the U.S., sponsored by the Independent Media Institute. It provides a good balance to the corporate media, and an alternative voice to colour current events.
Boxes and Arrows www.boxesandarrows.com
This site is dedicated to the world of architecture and design, and the benefits of using the Web as a resource to get ideas and concepts across.
Metropolis Magazine www.metropolismag.com
This site is also dedicated to architecture and design, but instead of being designed for people in the industry, it is more accessible and can be appreciated by the public as well.
Shift Online www.shift.com
Bouncing from bankruptcy to solvency, Toronto-based Shift Magazine is an elegant and edgy look at popular culture. It leans towards digital culture, but also covers music, politics, movies, books, people and places.
The Onion www.theonion.com
Also nominated in the Humour category, The Onion is without a doubt the finest example of news satire, a beautifully fractured take of the times we live in.
CBC Radio 3 www.cbcradio3.com
This is not your parents CBC. Its probably the most cutting edge combination of a radio station and magazine youll find anywhere, with an eclectic array of music and features that are so good, and so far out of the mainstream, that you might not find them anywhere else. Bookmark this one.
Epitonic Radio www.epitonic.com/radio.jsp
Pick a collection of musical genres, and this radio station with serve up a custom streaming radio program for you featuring a collection of songs from a database selected and updated by the sites overseers. Its a pretty incredible way to hear new bands.
KEXP is a campus radio station from the University of Washington, with an amazing online component. You can tune in to the radio live, check out playlists, make requests, and a lot more.
This American Life www.thisamericanlife.org
This American Life is one of the most popular radio programs in the U.S., featuring off-beat documentaries on some of the countrys most appealing personalities. Its upbeat, fast, and well produced material that was rescued from obscurity.
Transom.org is an experimental public radio station that allows ordinary people to participate by submitting their news pieces, editorials, stories and other content. If it makes the cut, it will make the radio show.
Eric Weissteins World of Mathematics http://mathworld/wolfram.com
Billed as the Webs most extensive mathematics resource, this site is made for people who have at least a basic understanding and appreciation for mathematics.
One day were going to Mars, but what will we do when we get there? This site, with content generated by scientists, draws an accurate picture of what a Mars colony might look like, with details on all of the scientific instruments and technologies required to make it work.
This is one of the most useful sites on the Web for curious people, with in-depth articles on how everything, from combustion engines to gravity, works. Its very comprehensive, regularly updated, and worth going back to time and time again.
Science Hobbyist http://amasci.com
Its not the most elegant site on the Web, but it has tons of information for armchair scientists on a variety of topics. It also serves as a kind of community centre where scientists can meet to discuss ideas and discoveries.
Scirus is search engine for science, browsing though thousands of scientific sites to find the information you need, and cutting out the clutter you get with other search engines.