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(1) Battery University – This is a comprehensive web guide for rechargeable batteries where you can find out basics of different battery types (nickel-cadmium, lithium-ion etc), how they work and how to properly charge, discharge, store and recycle each type to get the most out of them. Read more: Battery University: Your Guide To Rechargeable Batteries

(2) BitFontMaker – Dead-simple pixel font creator that allows you to create your own true type fonts online. You can either create a font from scratch or import and edit an existing one. The site provides you with an easy to use pixel editor that is used to make text font characters individually with an option to preview them along the way. Read more: BitFontMaker: Online Pixel Font Creator

(3) [NO LONGER WORKS] Pixie – Web based pixel editor using which you can draw pixel art online. To create your own pixel image go to the website and start drawing by filling the pixel grid with different colors. You can draw from scratch or edit some image from the library. When the image is ready you may download and save it to your computer.

(4) SkinDeep – Cosmetic safety database that lists safety information for over 41,000 cosmetics and personal care products. Using it, you can look up a particular product and find out if it is toxic or safe. The database created and maintained by researchers at the Environmental Working Group. Each listed product has a clear safety score and detailed overview. Read more: SkinDeep: Cosmetic Safety Database

(5) Wikify – Online application that can take any plain text and automatically enrich it with links to relevant Wikipedia articles. In other words, it turns your plain text into hypertext form. To start, copy and paste your text into the provided field and click on the “Start Wikify” button. The application will then process your text and present it in a Wikified text version.


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