Little Green Man


If There's life on Mars, SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) will be first to tell you.
This is a serious body of scientists, so don`tcome here expecting conspiracy, theories about little green man.
The Core Research section is a neither boring nor bonkers, and offers fascinating (and scientifically sound) articleson potentially habitable worlds (`exoplanets`) and Martian water, while the Education section has the latest ET videos and podcasts.
The site
's brilliant Stuck At Home Survival Guide (Visit Here) will help relive your lockdown lethargy, with links to citizenscience projects, virtual space tours and sci-fi stories.

 

 


Vivaldi Web Browser

 


Vivaldi is a Chromium-based web browser, developed by the former CEO of Opera, that`s rapidly growing in popularity. This major update comes with a built-in ad blocker and a tracker blocker (from DuckDuckGo) to stop you being followed on the web. There`s a customisable clock in the status bar and the pop-out video (Picture in picture) feature gains extra functionality. Navigating links on web page using your keyboard (which Vivaldi calls spatial navigation) has been improved, too.

 

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Mailspring free




Mailspring is everything an email program should be: clean, uncluttered and super fast. A menu on left-hand side of its simple interface letsyou jump to folders and options, while the centre pane appears on the right. 
In the free version, you can add up to four accountsfrom services lncluding Gmail, iCloud, GMX and Outlook. You can search your inboxes using Google-style search terms, and monitor the popularityof your emails based on the most-opened subject lines, read reciepts and tracking links.

Download HERE

Pump up the wolume of the web (Firefox Browser)



Some PC have incredibly quiet audio. If you struggle to hear yours, even at maximum volume, try 600% Sound Volume (ClicK Here).

By default, the add-on sets your PC`s volume 100%, but a quick drag along the slider gives it a serious boost, all the way up to - you quessed it - 600%.
This will be invaluable if you have trouble hearing or you simply want to annoy the neighbours by playing Spotify at maximum volume.

Click the extension`s toolbar button (or use the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+V) to see which tabs are playing music. The `100%` button instantly resets
the volume to its default, which is useful if you press play and discover that you`ve left it tunrned up by mistake.

Create private Netflix lists (Chrome)



Netflix Private List creates a secondary watchlist on the streaming service, where you canhide all the bad TV and trashy films you don`t want anyone else to know you watch.It`s also a useful tool if you share a Netflix account between two people.Install the extension, then log into your Netflix account. 
When you find a show want to add,
rather than selecting the option from Netflix`s interface, press the key 
"~"  on your keyboard (to the left of the 1 key). A confirmation message in the bottom left corner tells you that the show or film has been added.  Your private list appears further down the screen - ours was below `Popular on Netflix`.

Explore historical globes




The British Libary has a collection of 150 fragile globes which it`s digitising as 3D models, allowing you to click and hold them to rotate, then zoom in for more detail. Ten fascinating European globes from the 17th and 18th Centuries get the ball rolling and you can also get a close-up view using virtual reality.

Visit HERE

Monitor migrating birds and wandering wildlife



The swallows and cuckoos were still enjoying warner climes at the time of writing, but they`ll be back over very soon. You can watch them get closer and closer on the live migration map at the Euro Bird Portal (Clic Here) although sadly it doesn`t stretch to include the birds` African winter homes.

To monitor the creatures of the sea, turn to Ocearch (ocearch.org). This opens on the Americas by default but lets you zoom out to track sharks, dolphins, alligators, turtles and more all around the globe. Given that all these animals are tagged and tracked, it`s no surprise to find that the researchers have given them names, too - as you`ll discover when you click each one.

Thw World Wildlife Fund`s Species Tracker (Click Here) uses data from radio collars on animals such as female polar bears (the males` necks are  too big, apparently) to keep track of them. Clicka a bear on the zoomable map, then `See More`. To explore the latest data - including photos of new cubs from that area. The zoomable map also lets you monitor populations of jaguars, marine turtles and other endangered creatures.

The biggest wildlife-tracking site is Movebank (Click Here), which links to hundreds of research projects from a global map. It`s an academic resource, so it`s slower and less aesy to navigate thab you`d hope, but you can search its database and click the dots to follow the links to relevant studies, You can even contribute to the research using the free Movebank app (Android and IOS, Click Here).