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Bug Bytes
Listen to rice weevil larva eating a wheat kernel, a termite munching on wood, a grub chewing on a root or a butterfly’s wings vibrating at this unusual online library. The site from the US Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology features about 40 audio clips, categorised by species and subject.


In a netshell: Swat up.


Total Solar Eclipse 2002
If you missed the eclipse in 2002, look back safely on the web.


In a netshell: Hot stuff.


Sun Screensaver
See spectacular, almost real-time images of our Sun live from your own desktop with this f*ee computer screensaver from the European Space Agency. The images, from 1.5 million kilometres away in space, will flash on your computer screen thanks to the ESA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). When your screensaver kicks in, it will look via the Internet for the most recent images sent to scientists.


In a netshell: Star show.


Sun Screensaver
See spectacular, almost real-time images of our Sun live from your own desktop with this f*ee computer screensaver from the European Space Agency. The images, from 1.5 million kilometres away in space, will flash on your computer screen thanks to the ESA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). When your screensaver kicks in, it will look via the Internet for the most recent images sent to scientists.


In a netshell: Star show.


El Nino
Discover when the drought might break with this award-winning site from Environment Canada. Learn El Nino history and science, effects, current status and forecast, and facts about its little sister, La Nina. See “comparing El Nino” timeline for graphs and links to regional sites.


In a netshell: Hot.


Deformed Frogs in Minnesota
Sounds like the title of a B-grade movie but it’s actually a project of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which is caring for deformed Northern Leopard frogs. The agency began finding malformed frogs in the wild in 1993 and is trying to discover if the abnormalities are natural or due to pollution. Visit the live frog cam to see the unfortunate amphibians up close and personal.


In a netshell: It's not easy being green.


Nature Picture Library
See pictures from some of the world’s best wildlife photographers at this commercial online library. Register to access thousands of photos of animals, people, plants and places then store your favourites in a free online lightbox. You have to pay for high-resolution downloads.


In a netshell: Wild photos.


How to predict the weather using a pig spleen
Want to know the weather for the next six months? Kill a pig. Some folk believe you can forecast wind, rain and temperature by looking at a pig's spleen. Just divide the spleen into six, with each section representing one month. Where the spleen is thick, expect a change in weather.


In a netshell: Pig tales.


Not Good Enough
Speak out and help change the system. The creators of this Australian consumer rights site want you to share your experiences, good and bad, with companies and government.


In a netshell: Have your say.


Eartheasy
Human beings are consuming more but enjoying it less, according to 49 new trends. Eartheasy is a Vancouver man’s attempt "to encourage, inspire and inform people of the inherent wealth of a simpler, less material lifestyle”.You’ll find ideas to help you live more simply, efficiently and with less impact on the environment. Choose an image on the home page for the sections: live, grow, eat, play, wear and give.


In a netshell: Wealth of ideas.


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