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Robot Museum
Whether your taste in techno-beings leans toward R2D2 or RoboCop, there's a fascinating online exhibit for fans of robots. The Amazing Robot Museum, which is marking the 75th anniversary of robots in entertainment, has a Web site dedicated to these wired wonders. Plug into www.the-robotman.com/rm_fs.html for a great rundown of some famous bots, their roles in movies and television and their continuing influence to this day. You'll check in with shows such as "Lost in Space," "Star Trek"" and even "The Love Boat." And of course, you'll read all about those comical, lovable robots from "Star Wars." Don't miss out on visits with Johnny 5 from "Short Circuit" and those smart alecs Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, from "Mystery Science Theater." With great photos and facts, this robot museum exhibit definitely computes--and promises to never self-destruct. (This site is no longer available.)



Special Delivery--Stamp-ede! Stamp out boredom in your life by visiting the United States Postal Service's site just for kids. Stamp Stomp is your ultimate source for information on these sticky wonders. Make a special delivery out to www.usps.gov/kids where you'll even get the chance to design your own postage stamp. Keep an eye out for stamps of Frankenstein, Superman and Tweety Bird, too. Thinking of starting a stamp collection of your own? This site has all the details on how to build a winner. Just remember to use tweezers. The United States Postal Service's kids' site is one you're going to stick to. (This site is no longer available.)

A Site for Real Phonies
Hello? Pick up the phone! Get on the line with Brain Spin at www.att.com/technology/ forstudents/brainspin. While you're yakety-yakking on the phone or clickety-clacking on the Internet, there's a whole lot going on behind the scenes. From Alexander Graham Bell''s first tinkerings to the latest fiber optic technology, Brain Spin is the authority for learning about communications technology. Even better, the cool interactivities make this pursuit of knowledge a blast. Try your hand at getting phones wired around the country, or speed down the "infobahn" to become a behind-the-scenes Internet expert. Slam on the brakes and tinker around with some games, and be sure to check out how Alexander Graham Bell taught his dog to talk. Be a real phoney-dial up Brain Spin. (This site is no longer available.)

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1. In what year did the first robot appear on stage?

1923
1933
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2. Which subjects did Alexander Graham Bell teach?
music and elocution
science and chemistry
electrical engineering
3. What collector's tool will help stamps to not get dirty?
stamp hinges
magnifying glass
tweezers





Ask Amy
Dear Amy: Do you know any sites where I can find information on flags for a school report? --Kerry, Chicago
Dear Kerry: So you want to be a vexillologist? That's someone who studies flags. There is a great Web site devoted to an enormous variety of flags throughout the world. Wave your browser at www.fotw.net/flags for the Flags of the World Web site. You can even learn all sorts of vocabulary related to the study of flags. Best of all, there are almost 8,500 images of flags. Fly at full staff throughout this informative Web site.

Dear Amy: Where can I find a good site to help me with synonyms? --Albert, Madison, Wis.
Dear Albert: Though most teachers prefer that you use your own vocabulary for school reports, people interested in words find great fun and enjoyment in the Thesaurus. At http://thesaurus.reference.com you can search for synonyms to your heart's delight. Other fun features include a daily crossword puzzle and word of the day. Want to see a Web page in a different language? Try the translator. Whether you need to find just the right word for school or just like to play with words, you'll have hours of fun at this site.

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