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Optical Illusion Sites

Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena - an amazing illusion site put together by Michael Bach with explanations and interactive displays.

Amazing Optical Illusion Books- Give illusions as gifts, these books will amaze your friends and supply wonder and amazement to your children.

Visual Illusion of the Month- Amos Storkey's excellent page of unique illusions. He says, "The aim of this page is to provide visual and optical illusions which I think are not the sort that are seen in 101 books etc on illusions."

Archimedes' Laboratory - The visual illusions featured on this page are created by Gianni A. Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber. The illusions that the authors offer are, for the greater part, products of their own imagination, sometimes discovered by chance and in other cases they deliberately set out to discover new ways to view existing optical illusions and present them under a new light.

Optical Illusions 4 Kids - a kid safe zone with optical illusions for kids of all ages. Challenge your skills of perception. Is what you see, what you get? Will you ever be able to trust an eye witness account again? Remember seeing is not always believing.

Akiyoshi's Illusions - This site and the majority of optical illusions presented are the creation of Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka, Department of Psychology, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.

Sandlot Science - features the world's most mind-boggling optical illusions including games, puzzles, and artwork! 100's of Original Exhibits, Real-time Demonstrations, and Live Interactive Illusions.

Planet Perplex - is a comprehensive collection of optical illusions, impossible objects, hidden images, puzzles and related images.

Eyetricks - Optical illusions, 3D stereograms and anaglyphs, fractals and brain teasers.

Skytopia - An intriguing selection of old, new and exclusive optical illusions.
Many pictures are enhanced via the use of 3D and animation.

Project Lite is a software, curriculum and materials development project located in the Science and Mathematics Education Center at Boston University.

Grand Illusions was originally designed as a way of sharing our enthusiasm for various science based phenomena, fun and games, and optical illusions.

Impossible World - A site devoted exclusively to the study of impossible figures. After gathering a big collection of impossible figures I decided to create a unique website about impossible figures where as much as possible information about impossible figures and impossible art will be published.

Motion Perception - An essential quality that distinguishes all animals from plants is their capacity for voluntary movement. Animals move to find mates, shelter, and something to eat, and to avoid being eaten themselves. But the ability to move brings with it the requirement to sense movement ...

NIEHS Optical Illusions - A set of optical illusions presented by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Puzzles.com -- Illusions - Special artwork, different patterns and pattern devices which show the complexity of the way your eyes works.

Perceptual Science Group - the Perceptual Science Group of the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT does research in human visual perception, machine vision, and image processing.

Museum of Unworkable Devices - This museum is a celebration of fascinating devices that don't work. It houses diverse examples of the perverse genius of inventors who refused to let their thinking be intimidated by the laws of nature, remaining optimistic in the face of repeated failures.

Wacky Eye Glasses – Fun Visual Tricks & Optical Illusions -  Optical, or visual, illusions come in many forms. They delight children and puzzle scientists and psychologists. In essence, all visual illusions trick the brain into false perceptions that defy reality. Illusions can take the shape of simple geometric patterns, stereographic images, hidden and impossible objects, and more. Some, like the famous works of M.C. Escher, are viewed as works of art and even mathematical enigmas.  Venture into the strange world of illusion with these examples from educators, students, and enthusiasts.

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Conflusions - An optical illusion blog that attempts to source all of it's posts so most times you can go straight to the source for more information.

Daily Illusions - Presenting optical illusions from every corner of the world.

Visual Fun House - Bringing you some of the best illusions on the internet.

Donna's Delights - Homemade Soap & Lotions.


Optical Poptitude

Bibi's Box

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Science and stuff

Color mixing - A clear introduction to the basics of colour mixing. Also demonstrates why the subtractive colours of Cyan, Magenta & Yellow are better than the often used Red, Yellow and Blue.

Cool Physics movies - Animations of jets breaking the speed of sound, and what you would see if you travelled past Saturn at 99% the speed of light...

How Stuff Works - A very expansive site, giving the low-down on how everything works - the science behind the magic.

Ask Dr. Math - A giant archive of math questions for all levels and abilities. Search for a specific question or browse the online archives. Here's another great resource too.

Madsci - A brilliant site dedicated to answering all your questions about science. This one contains over 25,000 questions, a comprehensive search feature and a forum-style approach to the answers.

Magnet FAQ - Everything you ever wanted to know about magnets - and then some.

Pickover - A mega-vast resource of creative science, math, mystery, computer art, educational puzzles and much, much more from renowned scientist Dr. Cliff Pickover. Also visit his massive links page - you could spend a whole life-time going through this lot.

Powers of Ten - Universe zoom in - An interactive Java applet. "View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth" ...and then gradually zoom in, passing our solar system, then Earth... a city... tree - all the way down until you reach a tiny atom's nuclei.

Microwaving random stuff - What happens exactly when you microwave a bar of soap or a light bulb? This site has all the answers and includes photos of the experiments. Also see this page which includes movies for download and this site which contains a FAQ on everything you ever wanted to know about Microwaves. Finally, for those who just can't get enough, visit this site for numerous links.

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Web Tools and Programs

Media Player Classic - Do you think the RealOne, Apple and Windows Media players are too slow, cumbersome, bloated and sluggish? Media Player Classic is an unofficial update from WMP 6.0 maintained by Gabest.org. It has many features missing even from Windows Media Player 9, handling real media and Quicktime files if the appropriate codecs are installed.

Edit Pad - A replacement text editor to Notepad. Features multiple documents (easily accessible via tabs), unlimited file size, undo feature and much, much more. Everyone should use it. The original 'classic' version is still available for free download at sites like this

Webmaster World - Excellent site featuring guides, articles and forums dedicated to every aspect of designing and maintaining your own website. Find out how to work your way up those rankings in Google or at least see the excellent Google FAQ.

Babel Fish Translation - A tool specially designed for translating web pages from one language to another.

Alexa - See any site's traffic in relation to other sites! Gives a rough indication thanks to the many Alexa toolbar users. Amongst many other stats, it supports the chance for every web site to be reviewed.

Wikipedia - A multilingual project to create a complete and accurate open content encyclopedia. An amazing accomplishment, especially considering any person can edit any page at any time.

Probert Encyclopaedia - "A British encyclopaedia of over 100,000 entries interlinked and illustrated, covering all world knowledge and complementing other encyclopaedias".

CoolText - Produce colourful fonts for your own site with this amazing realtime online text producing tool.

TG Google Browser - Visualise your site and its place on the internet. This site provides a graphical 'web' display of links to your site, and their links etc. Often, you can find sites leading back round in a circle.

Anfy - Amazing array of customizable effects that you can use on your site. Applets for your text, graphics, navigation and more.

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Anthony Art - Portraits created from your favorite photographs.

Classrooms on the Web - Teachers, schools, students, classrooms, and education professionals around the world show off their websites.

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