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Nurture a virtual tree, view James Bond art or learn physics and chemistry

Vidya Srinivasa Rao | September 13, 2003 15:55 IST

Project Ecotonoha

Flash artist Yugo Nakamura's latest project is now live. This project from NEC aims to plant more trees to help the environment cope with global warming. According to the site, "Ecotonoha is a project to nurture a virtual tree collaboratively, and at the same time contribute to the actual environment to cope with global warming. As you make ecotonoha's leaves, the virtual tree will grow, and as ecotonoha grows, real trees will be planted by NEC."

View the growing tree and contribute your own leaves to the tree by adding a nature friendly message.

James Bond Art

The art of James Bond gives you a chance to have a look at the world of 007 via the artwork that has promoted the character across all media from the early 1950's to the present day.

The site has galleries of James Bond art as depicted by different artists, as well as sections for poster art work, first edition covers, concept art, comic strip art, and even Playboy art produced to accompany the serialisation of the novel in the girlie magazine.

The section on digital restoration will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the high quality pictures. All the files are of high quality and take a while to download. However, the moment the pages load, you realise the wait was worth it.

Physics can be fun

How does food get hot in a microwave?
How do X-rays work?
How do the planets fall into orbit?

Learn physics the fun way with the help of interactive applets here.

A demonstration of an x-ray machine called a Fluoroscope allows you to drag a square 'viewing frame' over a hand to look inside it. Another applet lets you place electrons near a positively charged nucleus and see how their movements change.

You can also experiment with cooking marshmallows to learn how food gets cooked in a microwave oven. This one allows you to see the way a molecule of water oscillates in a microwave. You can increase or decrease power to see how it affects the molecule. Zoom in or out as per your convenience.

Want to know what makes your laptops or calculators work? Here's your chance for an interactive lesson.

What's That Stuff?

Did you know that the first man-made ink appeared in Egypt about 4,500 years ago and was made from animal or vegetable charcoal mixed with glue? Want to know what makes fireworks give out multicolored sparks?

For answers and trivia get on to this site. The site aims to show the vital role of chemicals in the things we use everyday with the help of personal anecdotes and historical and scientific documentation.

The fireworks sections tell us that a typical fireworks color burning mixture consists of a compound, containing one of the metals and a chlorine-donating compound. The orangish hues of fireworks are largely produced by the glow of very hot solid particles; barium chloride produces green; strontium chloride produces red and copper chloride gives out blue colour. The mixture is wetted down to bind it together, then cut into flammable chunks known as stars--the colored dots that burst from a fireworks shell into the sky.

While toothpaste helps curb tooth decay because it contains fluoride, for those seeking a dazzling white smile, polishers and peroxide may do the trick. The section on lipsticks tells us that ancient Egyptians used a reddish purple mercuric plant dye called fucus--algin, to paint their lips. Little did they know that it was potentially poisonous--talk about the kiss of death!

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