Saturday, December 18, 2004


Sat. Dec. 18, 2004 - Roald Dahl / Little Shop of Patent & Trademark Horrors

Taken From:
ConnectEngOctober 3, 2004

New Page at Web English Teacher:

Roald Dahl
Lesson plans for Matilda and other books by Dahl


Site to Check Out

Little Shop of Patent and Trademark Horrors
The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office offers children this Web page
devoted to eerie patents. An October research/writing project using this
page is waiting to be written! (My favorite: Slicers and Dicers)


Carla Beard
Web English Teacher
This newsletter is copyright 2004, Web English Teacher.


Sat. Dec. 18, 2004 - Transistorized!

---------Forwarded Message--------
Date Sent: Saturday, October 02, 2004 9:54 AM
Subject: Family First (10/2/04) - Transistorized

If you were asked what the most influential and important invention in the 20th Century was, what would you respond? That single question would be a great one for discussion at parties, at work, and most definitely in the classroom. There really is no right answer, but the FamSite today visits a site that make a strong argument for a tiny piece of silicon.

Called Transistorized!, it is the latest installment from Public Broadcasting about technology in our century. Their previous shows include the radio and the television, both of which also had companion websites. At this site, you can learn about the technology behind the development of solid-state devices such as transistors, op amps, and IC chips. You also learn about the secrecy of the development, as well as the egos involved. You will find out about people like Jack Kilby, Gordon Moore, Bill Shockley, and Phil Foy.

This site is an excellent place for budding young electronics technicians, and anyone who has picked up screwdriver to work on their computer. Be sure to share this most interesting site with your friends.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat. Dec. 18, 2004 - Devices of Wonder

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, October 1, 2004
Devices of Wonder
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from the Getty Museum, presents the outstanding artefactsfrom its "Devices of Wonder" exhibit. Gentle Subscribers may enjoy a happybrowse through these intriguing and clever constructions from the past.

"Discover the surprising and seductive ancestors of modern cinema, cyborgs,computers and other optical devices from this online exhibit. It featuresan array of fanciful eye machines that were displayed at the Getty ... " -from the website

Although the site was designed to capitalize on the more razzmatazz effectsof flash animations, those with less than broadband speed will also find acompelling display. Among the featured items is an amazing panoramaproduced by The Illustrated London News "of the Great Exhibition of AllNations, 1851," better known as the Crystal Palace Exhibition, thePhysionotrace from the early 1800's, a parlor game with changeableselections of noses and costumes, and an analog device, the UNIbot 3.1, aBIObot that can mimic natural behaviors, created in 1998.

Amble over to the site to meander through these weird, peculiar butultimately fascinating devices designed for entertainment at:

A.M. Holm


Sat. Dec. 18, 2004 - Artificial Intelligence

Taken From:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
09/15/2004 - Updated 10:38 AM ET
Artificial intelligence is a fascinating topic, but the movies have given ordinary folks a lot of weird ideas about how it works and what the term means. The proprietor of this site is in the process of thinking some very deep thoughts about all these things, and had compiled, for his own edification and yours, some good information about and examples of what’s happening in the field. — HSS

Copyright 2004 USA TODAY

Friday, December 17, 2004


Fri. Dec. 17, 2004 - The Cost of "The 12 Days of Christmas"

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, December 17, 2004

Twelve Days of Christmas - Price Index

Today's site, perhaps unsurprisingly, comes from an American bank. Since
the publication of Dickens' classic Christmas fable, "A Christmas Carol",
accountants and their counting houses have had a small but distinct
presence in the Yuletide season. Gentle Subscribers will discover this web
page spotlights a fascinating and amusing financial analysis of the gifts
bestowed, in that favorite holiday song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas".

"Every year since 1984, PNC Advisors has provided a tongue-in-cheek
economic analysis, based on the cost of goods and services purchased by the
True Love in the holiday classic, 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'.” - from
the website

The web page charts the "Christmas Price Index" of all the items given as
gifts in the song -- from the partridge in a pear tree -- the tree and the
partridge calculated separately for an accurate breakdown of costs, to the
current price of a piper's services. It notes that some unions have been
successful in negotiating satisfactory wage increases for their more
skilled members, thereby escalating the cost of these specialized services,
while workers in automated sectors, such as the dairy industry, have had a
less happy wage history. There are some interesting surprises, as decreases
in prices for some commodities have made a number of items a "best buy". A
graphical chart helpfully delineates the rise and sometimes, fall in
prices, over the past twenty years.

Leap over to the web page for an engaging financial perspective on "The
Twelve Days of Christmas" at:

A.M. Holm


Fri. Dec. 17, 2004 - Consumer Price Index

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2004 2:56 AM
Subject: Refdesk [site-of-the-day] Consumer Price Index Home Page

Consumer Price Index Home Page

This site by the U.S. Department of Labor offers the Consumer Price Indexes. The Consumer Price Indexes program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.

Refdesk Home Page:


Fri. Dec. 17, 2004 - Business Reference

Taken From:

Business Reference on the Internet
The outline, links, and self-test questions for a presentation I recently gave for the Prairie Area Library System.

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2004


Fri. Dec. 17, 2004 - Practice SAT Test

--------Forwarded Message--------
Subject : [LIFE of Florida] SAT practice exam online

Posted: 10-03-2004 11:13 PM

The College Board, which owns the SAT, has placed an official practice exam on its Web site:

Thursday, December 16, 2004


Thurs. Dec. 16, 2004

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet,
More New This Week
December 2, 2004

Center on Hunger and Poverty
"Center activities include research and policy analysis, public education initiatives, and assistance to policy makers and organizations across the country on poverty- and hunger-related issues." The site features the full text of selected center reports, state and national facts and figures, a bibliography with links to many of the documents, and links to information about special projects and related material. From the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.
Subjects: Hunger -- United States Poverty -- United States Research institutes -- Massachusetts -- Waltham


School-Libraries.Net: Peter Milbury's Network of School Librarian Web Pages: California
The California section of "a collection of Web Pages created or maintained by school librarians. Some are for entire schools, while others are for individual school libraries. Some pages are personal, while others are for professional associations, or other curriculum related resources." Created by librarian Peter Milbury.
Subjects: School libraries -- California School librarians -- California Library Web sites
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Copyright © 2004, Librarians' Index to the Internet, All rights reserved.


Thurs. Dec. 16, 2004

Taken From:
Education World Site Reviews
Volume 8, Issue 38September 21, 2004

Outdated School Libraries: What Can You Do to Update Yours?

Sites to See: Lewis and Clark
Two hundred years ago, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and more than
two-dozen members of the Corps of Discovery set out to discover a
waterway linking the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. This
collection of sites filled with online activities, lesson plans, curriculum
resources, primary documents, maps, and more commemorates the
200th Anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.


Monitor on Psychology
Grade Level: Advanced, Professional

This online publication of the American Psychological Association is published eleven times a year. It includes helpful information for anyone interested in the broad field of psychology.

Finding information on this site is facilitated by the side menu that offers links to what is in the current issue, previous issues and lists the different departments of the publication. Feature articles are highlighted on the main page. An onsite search tool is also available.

Professionals, educators, or anyone interested in the field of psychology will find something of interest here. Each issue includes such helpful features as public policy updates, educational issues, association news, discussion of ethical practices, and an editorial from a working professional in the field. Click on the Table of Contents link and you will find articles on a variety of topics such as memory, mental preparation for mars, technology's place in training, using science to solve crimes, how psychology offers clues to prisoner abuse in Iraq, personality disorders, the importance of psychologist in schools and how friendships ease middle school adjustment. Included is an archive of issues that date back as far as 1998 and comments from the president of the APA.



Thurs. Dec. 16, 2004

Taken From:
Don's Patch Issue #2004-10-01 from

Encyclopedia of Psychology
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Women in History.
An interesting woman from the site (Rachel Carson)

One of the most impressive arguments for the concept ofnatural selection (evolution) involves birds.
[NOTE: Another page from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]

More interesting online reading.

Virtual Reality: A short introduction.


Thurs. Dec. 16, 2004 -

Taken From:
Date Sent: Sunday, December 12, 2004 2:40 PM
Subject: [ejaws] ejaws newsletter Dec #42

E.J.A.W.s- (Explorers, Judges, Artists and Warriors)
© 1999-2004
Issue #42 Dec 2004


There are many new links throughout the Kids Links pages, including more
neat Periodic Table sites, Inventions at Play, and Science Jokes in, a great interactive game (ok, I
wasted too much time playing it, and still didn't make even the daily high
scores list!) Spaced Penguins, on .

Virtual Reality websites for kids at

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
Hoagies' Kids and Teens Page
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wednesday, December 15, 2004


Wed. Dec. 15, 2004 - Herbal Safety / Know Your [FOIA] Rights

Taken From:
ResearchBuzz #303 -- October 1, 2004

* UT El Paso/UT Austin Web Site About Medicinal Herbs
The University of Texas at El Paso and UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program have teamed up to create an Herbal Safety Web site at . The site is available in English and Spanish.There are several tabs of information here but I'm concentrating on Fact Sheets, which cover from Aloe to Wormwood. Herbs are listed with their common and scientific names. Click on a name and you'll get an extensive fact sheet including a picture of the plant, where it's found, what it's used for and how it's used, and most importantly a list of safety hazards and possible drug interaction problems.In addition to the fact sheets, there's also pointers to extensive scientific monographs on the herbs, some publications and scientific presentations, and a few special population reports.


FOIA Facts: Know Your [FOIA] Rights

ResearchBuzz is copyright 2004 Tara Calishain. All rights reserved.


Wed. Dec. 15, 2004

Taken From:
======== The Scout Report ==========
September 17, 2004 ============
Volume 10, Number 37 ======

Historical Directories
Sometime you may find yourself wondering one of the world's eternal
questions: How many cutlers were in Sheffield during the 1850s? Well, you
might not be actively seeking the answer to that particular query, but this
incredibly extensive digital library created by the University of Leicester
may help you solve other related historical questions. This digital library
contains a host of local and trade directories for England and Wales from
1750 to 1919, many of which were previously only accessible by making a
special trip to any number of local historical societies or archives.
Curious visitors can search the directories through an interactive map of
England and Wales in order to find the information that is most relevant to
their interests. Currently, the project provides at least one directory for
each segment from the interactive map from the 1850s, 1890s, and 1910s.
Visitors can also search the entire digitized archive by keyword, location,
and name. [KMG]

Race & Place: An African-American Community in the Jim Crow South:Charlottesville, VA [RealOnePlayer]
A number of compelling studies about the complex relationship betweendifferent ethnic groups and their lived experience in various environmentshave come to light over the past few decades, and several of them have foundtheir way onto the Web as well. This rather noteworthy site, created througha collaborative effort by the Virginia Center for Digital History and theCarter G. Woodson Institute of African and Afro-American Studies, intends"to connect race with place" through offering this nice multimedia archiveof digitized materials including oral histories, political broadsides,photographs, maps, and letters. The time and place that is profiled isCharlottesville, Virginia, from the late 1880s until the middle of the 20thcentury. The community that is profiled is the African-American community,which was effectively segregated through the use of the notorious "Jim Crow"laws. While visitors will want to take a look through the various documentsover an extended visit, they should definitely take a look at thetranscribed articles from two African-American owned newspapers from theperiod that offer insight into the life of the black community during the1890s. [KMG]

Amnesty International: The Wire
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Amnesty International is quite well-known for bringing attention to the
plight of various marginalized groups and individuals across the globe,
along with its significant advocacy and lobbying activities. Since May 2001,
the organization has also placed its provocative monthly magazine, The Wire,
online for access by the general public. The September 2004 issue features
news pieces on the rights of women in the Solomon Islands, the plight of
children in Honduras, and the organization's worldwide appeals made on the
behalf of victims of human rights violations. Visitors to the site will want
to look through archived issues from previous months, which may also serve
as an educational resource for young people and those interested in human
rights issues. The online version of the magazine is also available in
Arabic and Spanish. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.


Wed. Dec. 15, 2004 - FAQs: Taxes

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet,
More New This Week Nov. 11, 2004

U.S. Department of the Treasury: FAQs: Taxes
Information from the federal government about federal tax laws in the United States. Topics addressed include a history of the U.S. tax system from Colonial times to the 2001 Bush tax cut, writing and enacting tax legislation, the economics of taxation, taxes and the economy, tax relief, and health savings accounts. Also includes brief information about state and local taxes and international taxation.
Subjects: Taxation -- United States Taxation -- Law and legislation
Created by mcb

Copyright © 2004, Librarians' Index to the Internet,
All rights reserved.


Wed. Dec. 15, 2004

Taken From:
E-Mail Reminder Week 181
September 18, 2004

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full Text Documents
Observances--United States
Source: CRS (via the Foreign Press Center)
Recently Updated, Commemorative Observances: A Chronological List

Civil Rights Movement--United States
Source: ACRL News
New, The Civil Rights Movement: Sites for students and researchers
[Shortened URL: ]
A new compilation of web resources selected by Cass Kvenild, a reference librarian at the University of Wyoming.

U.S. Government
Source: GPO
The U.S. Government Manual FY2004/2005 is Now Available Online
The latest edition of this "reference classic" went live on the GPO site yesterday. Keyword search or browse by chapter.

Contributing Editors
+ Shirl Kennedy, MLIS
+ Dan Giancaterino, MLIS
+ Steven Cohen, MLS

Tuesday, December 14, 2004


Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004 - First Science: Best Web Cams

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, November 30, 2004 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!Recommended Website:
First Science Science Cam page click on this link:
[NOTE: Other pages from First Science previously posted. - Phyllis ] features their picks for the best science
cams on the web. There are currently 22 of them listed (most of the links
worked when I tried them) and included:

-Mousseau Lab Cam -- watch "captive biologists" go about their work in the
-Butterfly Cam
-Panda Cam
-Otter Cam
-Leafcutter Ant Cam
-Panama Canal Cam
-Volcano Cam
-Jelly Fish Cam
-Bee Cam
-South Pole Cam
-Shark Cam
-Turtle Cam
-and more!

Be sure to check out the rest of this remarkable
science website that offers science news, science quizzes & games,
science-themed crossword puzzles, science cartoons.

Diane Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2004, All Rights Reserved


Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004 - BioEd Online

Taken From:
Date Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 12:30 PM
To: nethappenings
Subject: BioEd Online from Baylor College of Medicine

BioEd Online from Baylor College of Medicine

BioEd Online was produced by Baylor's Center for
Educational Outreach, and provides middle and high
school science teachers with a wide array of free
instructional resources, such as slide sets,
streaming video presentations, and laboratory
activities. The site assists biology teachers
who are trying to balance hectic schedules and
numerous responsibilities by offering accurate,
current information, reinforced by lessons and
web-based materials that address important and
timely issues like nutrition and obesity,
biodiversity, and mad cow disease.

Eric Ward
Content Announcements and Linking Since 1994 -


Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004 - U.S. Position on Human Cloning

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date Sent: Friday, September 24, 2004 1:16 PM
From: statelists@STATE.GOV
Subject: Banning Human Cloning

Fact Sheet
Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
September 16, 2004

Banning Human Cloning

"As we seek to improve human life, we must always preserve human dignity. And
therefore, we must prevent human cloning by stopping it before it starts."
President George W. Bush, April 10, 2002

The U.S. Position
The United States supports efforts to ban all forms of human cloning. Human
cloning, for any purpose whatsoever, is unethical and morally reprehensible,
and ignores respect for human dignity. At the 59th UN General Assembly, the
United States will join a large group of nations co-sponsoring a resolution,
proposed by Costa Rica, to draft an international convention against all human

What is Human Cloning?
The process commonly referred to as cloning (Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer)
results in the creation of a human embryo. In "reproductive" cloning, this
embryo is implanted into a woman's womb and allowed to grow. In what has been
called "therapeutic," "research," and "experimental" cloning, the stemcells
are removed from the embryo, destroying this nascent human life.

A ban that differentiates between human reproductive and experimental cloning
would essentially authorize the creation of a human embryo for the purpose of
killing it, thus elevating the value of research and experimentation above that
of a human life. Experimental embryonic cloning would therefore turn nascent
human life into a natural resource to be mined and exploited, eroding the sense
of worth and dignity of the individual. A partial ban that prohibits
reproductive cloning but permits therapeutic, research, or experimental cloning
is unacceptable to the United States and many other countries.

Stem-Cell Therapy
The United States supports continued research into the promising field of
stem-cell therapy. In the United States, both human embryonic stem-cell
research and so-called "adult" stem-cell research are legal and both receive
funding from the federal government. There are important ethical restrictions,
however, placed on the use of federal funds to conduct human embryonic
stem-cell research to ensure that the funds do not encourage or support the
further destruction of human embryos. Specifically, federally funded
researchers may use only stem-cells derived prior to the announcement of the
policy; federally funded researchers may not use newly destroyed embryos to
derive new stem-cell lines.

The federal government also provides substantial support to adult stem-cell
research, which does not require the destruction of human embryos. Within the
last few years, a wealth of published scientific reports has demonstrated that
adult stem-cells -- contained in tissues of the human body, and after birth in
the umbilical cord and placenta -- have the ability to transform into other
tissue and cell types, and have been shown to be able to repair and regenerate
damaged and diseased tissue. Adult stem-cells have already benefited hundreds
of patients in clinical trials, for such conditions as heart damage,
Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and sickle-cell
anemia. The potential for adult stem-cells to advance medicine and alleviate
human suffering is enormous.

The Support of All Nations Is Needed
Consenting to human cloning would be a step toward a society in which human
beings are grown for spare body parts and children are engineered to fit
eugenic specification. We cannot allow human life to be devalued in this way.
We urge all nations to prohibit any research, experimentation, development, or
application that is aimed at human cloning.

See for all State Department Fact Sheets


Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004 - MathDL / Science & Technology

Taken From:
Date Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2004 8:42 AM
Subject: New Learning Resources in Science & Math
FREE -- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
FREE makes finding federal learning resources easier:

"MathDL" (Mathematical Sciences Digital Library)provides Java applets, interactive modules, & Flashpresentations for studying numerical & graphical solutions ofdifferential equations, parametric representations of curves,conic formulae, Euler's analysis of the Genoese Lottery, VanSchooten's ruler constructions, Riemann sums, & how to usecalculators (for introductory statistics students). (NSF)

"Science & Technology"offers 11 lesson plans for Grades 3-8 on minerals & gems, BenFranklin, spiders, archaeology, oceans, pollination, reptiles& amphibians, & more. (SI)[Shortened URL: ]
[NOTE: Other pages from Smithsonian Education previously posted.

See also:
Smithsonian Education site for Teachers
Includes pages on Art & Design, History & Culture, and Language Arts.

Smithsonian Education site for Students
Includes pages on Art, Science & Nature, History & Culture, and People & Places.
- Phyllis ]

Monday, December 13, 2004


Monday, Dec. 13, 2004 - Hurricanes

Taken From:
Riverdeep's Classroom Flyer, Thursday, September 30th, 2004

How does a hurricane form and develop, and how does it become a
gigantic threat as it builds up? This animation is supported by labels
and text to discover just how nature's most spectacular and dangerous
storm occurs.

Use the 2nd URL above to access the online Hurricane Lab,
with warning simulators, hurricane causes, storm warnings,and virtual visits. With the teaching studio you can access an
accompanying guide with teaching tips, learning opportunities,
and printable lab instructions.

Brenda Barron, Editor
(c) 2004 Riverdeep. All rights reserved


Monday, Dec. 13, 2004 - Horrific Hurricanes

Taken From:
Site of the Day for Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Horrific Hurricanes

The folks at the Why Files have not overlooked the dramatic surge inhurricanes this season. Gentle Subscribers will find today's site anotherof the always interesting and colorful Why Files presentations.

"Hurricanes are the most powerful storm. How do they form? How do wepredict their paths? How can we improve predictions? ... Hurricanes areborn over water, driven by solar energy stored in the ocean. Hurricanes,properly called tropical cyclones, can travel for weeks across the ocean,blasting islands and coastlines with fierce winds, torrential rains andswollen seas. ... But ironically, as soon as a hurricane reaches land, itstarts to lose power." - from the website

The presentation features animated diagrams explaining how hurricanes areformed, as well stunning color photos of recent hurricanes. Links withinthe text provide excellence external source material on topics such as thestages of hurricane development and whether the damage that hurricanescause increases as a function of wind speed. The site also focuses on thesignificance of hurricane prediction and its gradual improvement over theyears.

Whirl over to the site for a great exposition on hurricanes at:

A.M. Holm


Monday, Dec. 13, 2004 - Severe Winds

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Monday, September 24, 2004

Severe Winds

Today's site, from the New Hampshire office of Emergency Management, offersan extremely interesting overview of a number of climatic events involvinghigh winds. Gentle Subscribers who have been following the active hurricaneseason in the Atlantic will discover a range of eye-opening information atthe site.

"The name 'hurricane' is derived from the aboriginal Caribes (indigenouspeoples of the West Indies at the time of the arrival of ChristopherColumbus) expression for 'evil spirit'." - from the website

The site provides a handy reference for various measuring scales, includingthe Saffir-Simpson Scale for hurricanes, the Fujita Scale for tornadoes andthe Dolan-Davis Scale which rates "Nor’easters". In addition to materialon hurricanes and tornadoes, a section devoted to lightening presents factsand some surprising safety advice.

Wheel over to the site for an excellent information guide on variousextreme weather conditions at:

A.M. Holm


Monday, Dec. 13, 2004 - Earth Science / Weather

---------Forwarded Message--------
Earth Science Sites of the Week -- September 18, 2004

HURRICANE BASICS, NASA, (suggested by Jeanne Suttie, Commack, NY) find a stand alone Flash tutorial explaining, with large graphics, hurricane structure, formation, and movement.
[Shortened URL: ]

HURRICANE STRIKE, UCAR, (suggested by Paul Rusher, Florida State University), `Hurricane Strike! is a multimedia learning package aimed primarily at middle school students. It integrates disaster safety and preparedness with science instruction and providing an engaging interactive learning environment. It also dovetails with science and safety content in the American Red Cross Masters of Disaster curriculum.`

ANIMATION: Life Cycle of a Glacier, PBS NOVA, a Flash annotated slide show traces the evolution of freshly fallen snow on the surface of a glacier, through firn, and finally to ice. The ice crystal pictured moves through the zone of accumulation, then by the equilibrium line, and finally into the ocean after calving.

GOOD READ: Satellite-Observed Changes in the Arctic, Physics Today, (suggested by Marion O. Weaver Alfred, New York) ` The Arctic has warmed by about 1°C in the past two decades. That time period has seen glaciers retreat, permafrost thaw, snow cover decrease, and ice sheets thin.[Shortened URL: ]

COMPUTER TIP: Want a neat divider to separate sections of a Word document? Type the tilde (shift upper left hand corner) three times and hit return.

WEATHER TRIVIA U.S. Weather Research Center

The links are organized around the sequence of topics typically taught in an introductory earth science or physical geography class. Links are also, available for environmental science, earth science/geography education, career opportunities, and more.

Sunday, December 12, 2004


Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004 - World Factbook Field Listings

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet,
More New This Week Nov. 4, 2004

The World Factbook: Field Listing — Suffrage
A list of countries with their voting eligibility requirements.
From The World Factbook, published annually by the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Subjects: World politics Suffrage Voting
[NOTE: Many more subjects available in Field Listings
From home page,
select Search The World Factbook. In the Search For box, enter “Fields”
- Phyllis ]
Copyright © 2004, Librarians' Index to the Internet, All rights reserved.


Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004 - New Geography Site Launched - Ages 8-13

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 12:20 PM
To: nethappenings
Subject: WGBH, FFFBI, and National Geographic Launch Geography Site

WGBH, FFFBI, and National Geographic Launch
Geography Site

In 2002, the National Geographic-Roper study
on geographic literacy among young adults in
nine countries showed that young people in the
United States lagged seriously behind their
peers in eight other countries. Eighty-three
percent could not find Afghanistan a world map,
86 percent could not locate Israel on a map of
the Middle East and Asia, but more than a third
of those surveyed knew that the island featured
in that season's "Survivor"TV show was in the
South Pacific.

So now, with a grant from National Geographic's
Education Foundation, WGBH's Fin, Fur and
Feather Bureau of Investigation takes kids
ages 8-13 online with geography-themed
interactive stories set in Tokyo, India's
Bollywood and Australia's outback. Kids learn
and then use geography skills to solve
international detective stories.

Eric Ward
Content Announcements and Linking Since 1994 -


Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004 - Geography Olympics

Taken From:

Geography Olympics
This quiz is an exercise in humility, since placing a country in the right general area of the blank map doesn't count.

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2004


Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004 - Panama Canal

Taken From:
Date Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2004 8:00 AM
Surfing the Net with Kids FREE Newsletter

CNN: Panama Canal Handover
As determined by two treaties signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977, control of the Panama Canal was handed over to Panama on December 31, 1999, after nearly one hundred years of U.S. rule. This CNN Special outlines the history of its construction and politics with news articles, personal narratives and photos. Unique clicks include a live Panama Canal web cam, and seven-question Panama Canal quiz. For a history of the canal starting in 1513 with Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa, read "History: Troubled Passageway."

How the Panama Canal Works
"The opening of the waterway to world commerce on August 15, 1914, represented the realization of a heroic dream of over 400 years. The fifty miles across the isthmus were among the hardest ever won by human ingenuity." While not on the same scale as actually building the Panama Canal, this Java animation demonstrating a ship traveling through the canal is pretty clever, and certainly worth more than a thousand words. If you only see an empty box, you will need to enable Java in your browser ( ).

Copyright © 2004 by, Inc.

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