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Regator: Aggregating the Web's Best Blog Posts

With tens of millions of blogs written by people more highly educated and affluent than the general population, is it any wonder that so many of us have identified, and read frequently, the musings and articles by this group?

Authors, academics, scientists, doctors, teachers, and those in school administrations write and publish blogs. Some of my favorites are by librarians and museum curators who have a gift at uncovering and presenting the core or essence of a topic or theme.

Is it any wonder why I have 181 blogs subscribed to in my Google Reader? While I don’t read them all, my skimming ability allows me to quickly scroll through posts and discover top ones.

That said, with the maturation of a very interesting service, Regator, I might end up migrating away from my hand-picked blogs and instead use their curated and categorized posts from top blogs…it’s that good. 

Regator delivers both a website of these curated blogs but also ships a free (and ‘pro’) iPhone application. It’s the latter that excited me most since I have so many moments to pause and learn – while waiting for my dental appointment, in line at the bank, or while driving 70mph in bumper-to-bumper traffic (YES I’m kidding about the last one) – and Regator allows me to skim highly interesting blogs and I’ve already discovered dozens I like and have learned much.

Case in point: This morning I was in the “Academics > History” category and came upon this blog post highlighting, ”In honor of its 350th anniversary, British academy the Royal Society has created a timeline of the past 350 years of scientific discovery as see through 60 original papers marking some of the most important milestones in the history of science.

Wow! What a treasure trove of papers and I plan to go through it in some depth this coming weekend.

This sort of serendipitous discovery has happened to me dozens of times in the last week alone. So if your teachers are passionate about the subjects they teach, at a minimum tell them about Regator and they can look at it on their computers. If they have an iPod Touch or iPhone, the free Regator app is fabulous and the ‘pro’ version is cheap at $1.99 (and the latter allows offline access, video playing within the app, and other features). You can see a comparison here or watch the video below:

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