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Searchable database of feathers

Provided in multiple languages, Featherbase has a search engine and two topical lists to browse data – an alphabetical collection and a systemic order collection. Full color photos, Latin, German and English names are included as well as multiple photos of each bird, respective feathers, a description of each bird, distribution of location/cities where the bird may be found, and conservation status if available. There are currently 1717 species, 5821 exhibits, 14,779 photos, and 75746 measurements in this database.

“Since the 20th century, scientific ornithology has been closely linked to the conservation of birds. The study of feathers is a factor that is often overlooked. In museums, the majority of their bird skin collections are archived, stored away in drawers under lock and key and only ever seen by a very selective audience and not the general public….Featherbase is a working group of German feather scientists and other collectors worldwide who came together with their personal collections and created the biggest and most comprehensive online feather library in the world. Using our website, it is possible to identify feathers from hundreds of different species, compare similarities between them, work out gender or age-specific characteristics and look at the statistics of countless feather measurements. In contrast to the conventional work of museums, Featherbase is much more oriented towards the general public, allowing not just enrolled scientists the opportunity to gain access to the collection, but anyone with an interest in studying birds and their feathers. Featherbase also frequently collaborates with scientific or educational organizations by offering images, data or teamwork in general. Featherbase works completely independently, without administrative affiliation, and first and foremost without commercial interests…”

The Western Drought Is Getting Weird Share

Gizmodo: “The western and southwestern U.S. is wilting under the biggest drought in 1,200 years — a megadrought. As of writing this, most of the country is experiencing drier-than-normal conditions, but things remain particularly severe from Texas to Washington state. Scientists have identified climate change as a significant contributing factor to the extent and severity… Continue Reading

UNESCO: Half of Holocaust-related content on Telegram denies or distorts the facts

“As part of their plan to counter the denial and distortion of the Holocaust, UNESCO and the United Nations sought to objectively measure the extent of these phenomena on social networks, in partnership with the World Jewish Congress. They commissioned researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute to identify and analyze 4,000 posts related to the… Continue Reading

GPO Catalogs the Video Hearings of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol

“GPO has cataloged the streaming videos of the eight hearings held by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. The records can be retrieved in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) by this search in the expert mode: wau=House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th… Continue Reading

The 8 Best Online Communities for Introverts

MakeUseOf: “Are you an introvert who’s tired of the stigma associated with introversion? Well, even as an introvert, you don’t have to experience certain things alone. You can find a community of similar individuals who understand your daily experiences. If you’re looking for relatable content, or you’d like to connect with like-minded individuals, there are… Continue Reading

8 Web-Based Teleprompter Tools for Seamless Reading

MakeUseOf: “Whether you’re speaking in a live session or recording a video, it makes little sense to memorize your script. Especially when several teleprompter tools are available online that work perfectly within your browser. Using these tools, you can keep eye contact with the camera without having to memorize your lines. So, here are the… Continue Reading


Compare new and old congressional districts: “270toWin is an American political website that projects who will win United States presidential elections and allows users to create their own electoral maps. It also tracks the results of United States presidential elections by state throughout the country’s history. The website has information about elections and the political… Continue Reading