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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming

I can remember back when I was young how alien a couple of lines of code that were published in a kid's magazine looked to me.  Some twenty years later (or should I better say a year ago), I decided that I should teach myself how to create some small and usable programs. Sad to say, I lost interest shortly after.

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Best Free Astronomy Software

Introduction

Astronomy Software is a pretty broad spectrum, providing everything from simple mapping software (relative positions of the solar system), through detailed observation planning software to first-person planetarium software.

I looked at several free astronomy programs for producing sky maps and didn't pick a best as I couldn't decide among the three contenders for the top spot. The best for your purposes would depend on your needs.

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A Great Collection of Science-Oriented Tutorial Videos

The internet provides a great learning environment, and lots of sites offer collections of free videos that you can watch in order to teach yourself about various subjects.  One excellent example, which has been mentioned a couple of times recently in our forums, is the Khan Academy.  It hosts over 2000 short videos, instantly available for you to watch online within your browser for free. 

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How To Locate The Best Free Radio Stations Streaming Classical Music

 

There's a goldmine of quality stations streaming classical music, that can be tapped for free, through the Internet.

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Hundreds of Free, Fascinating Talks Online

I was recently lucky enough to attend a TEDx conference in the UK.  TED is an internationally recognised conference phenomenon which holds events all around the world.  TEDx is an extension of that, involving additional events that are independently organised but still under the TED banner.

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Another Great Free Program for Teaching Maths

Last month I brought you details of Microsoft Mathematics, a free program for anyone who's trying to study or teach maths.  Almost 21,000 of you clicked on the link to my story, making it one of the most popular Hot Find items ever.

So, if you liked that one, here's another program which is aimed at the same type of people.  IE, those studying maths, or trying to help schoolkids who are.

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