40 websites that’ll make you cleverer right now

The indexed web contains an incredible 14 billion pages. But only a tiny fraction help you improve your brain power. Here are 40 of the best.

Cleverwebsites – Learn about our awe inspiring past all in one wonderful place. – Watch thousands of micro-lectures on topics ranging from history and medicine to chemistry and computer science. – Help end world hunger by correctly answering multiple-choice quizzes on a wide variety of subjects.

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Carl Sagan on books

If we had to name our top ten things in the universe, Carl Sagan and books would both be very strong contenders. It’s no surprise then that this excerpt from the 11th episode of his legendary 1980s Cosmos series, titled “The Persistence of Memory,” makes us tingle with delight every time we read it.

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The greatest Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot animation ever

One of the most awe inspiring monologues about our place in the universe, ever written, has now been made into an amazing animation by London studio Order. If this doesn’t send a tingle sizzling down your spine, nothing will.

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In pictures: The 7 most memorable sci-fi movie quotes ever

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Science fiction is actually loads older than you think. In fact, its origins can be traced all the way back to the epic poems of the early Greeks. These wonderful tales, which featured a huge variety of gods and monsters meet during fantastic voyages to far-off worlds have many parallels even with today’s sci-fi. Jason’s journey aboard the Argo, for example, may have taken place in the Mediterranean, but could equally have happened in deep space. Jason, guided by a talking beam built into the Argo which could represent an early prototype of HAL or Mother, captained his ship and crew through encounters with incredible creatures such as the six-armed giants, the Gegenees, the Clashing Rocks and the Stymphalian Birds, with feathers made of pointed bronze.

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