General knowledge and science

The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a digital library with the stated mission: "universal access to all knowledge." It offers permanent storage and access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, music, moving images, and books. The Internet Archive was founded by Brewster Kahle in 1996. The collection has grown into the world's largest online library, offering 10 petabytes of archived websites, books, movies, music, and television broadcasts.
The most famous part of this archive is the Wayback Machine, a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet.

The Internet Archive is now offering over 1,000,000 torrents including its live music concerts, the Prelinger movie collection, the librivox audio book collection, feature films, old time radio, lots and lots of books, and all new uploads from our patrons into Community collections (with more to follow). Read here for more information about these torrents.

Other Stuff

The Smithsonian Institution is an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, partly administered and funded by the government of the United States. On the site you'll find an encyclopedia, an interesting archive and much more.
You'll find interesting reading like Fact of Fiction? The Legend of the QWERTY Keyboard on its design decoded blog. Read also Why Do We Use a QWERTY Keyboard? (mashable 18/09/2012) about this subject.
Another interesting subject: Can Physicists Ever Prove the Multiverse Is Real? (19/04/2016) in the "Thing BIG!" series.

Discovery News is connected with the well-known television channel, Discovery Channel or its parent company, Discovery Communications if you prefer. Some articles to give you an idea about the stuff you find here:
- in the section "Space" under the subcategory "History of Space": When the Dyna-Soar Went Extinct (12/12/2012)
- Will Science Burst the Multiverse's Bubble? (18/07/2014), also in the space section
- in the section "History" under the subcategory "Archaeology" : Best-Ever Portrait of Alexander the Great Found? (18/10/2014)
- in the section "Human" under the subcategory "Psychology" : Bad Intentions Show Up in the Brain (08/03/2016)

Explainthatstuff! with for instance Thin-film interference by Chris Woodford