Surf the Net, See the World
So your family is not going on a great vacation this year? That's OK, because you can take off on your own to visit countries all over the world through the World Surfari at www.supersurf.com. This cool site was invented by a kid so other kids can learn about people, their history and culture from around the globe. And it's one you'll want to visit again and again because it features a different country every month. While "traveling" through the site, be sure to check out "Fun From Afar" to see photos and learn the recipes and languages of each featured country. And don't just settle for the tourist's view: Get to know kids through the inter-national message center. Pack that cyber suitcase and take off! (This site is no longer available.)
Grab a Comet by the Tail
If you're a stargazer or a space cadet, chances are you saw Comet Hale-Bopp fly through the sky on a clear night. After all, Hale-Bopp's spectacular passage across the solar system caught the attention of scientists and hobbyists alike. The Scientific American "Trail of Hale-Bopp" home page gives you a variety of perspectives on this show in the heavens. Just point your virtual satellite to www.sciam.com/ exhibit/ 033197halebopp/ 033197bopp.html There are comet animations, images and detailed reports to keep you up-to-date on Hale-Bopp's progress. If you're a real star snoop, you can read yearlong observations on the comet from the Hubble Space Telescope. Want more? "Trail of Hale-Bopp" has links to lots of other comet sites across the Internet, including the NASA Comet Watch, the Comet Fact Sheet, and information for photographers. It'll be worth your while to become an expert. After all, the next comet flying through space could be named after you!(This site is no longer available.)
Go Fly a Kite
The Virtual Kite Zoo at www.kites.org/zoo is a great place to discover all there is to know about kites. Take the guided tour to see the different types of kites from single line to quad line, in all different shapes and sizes. You'll be surprised at how many different kinds there are and the many things kites can be used for. The site has descriptions and pictures. It also gives lots of sources for obtaining plans for your own building project. Keep your feet firmly planted and give your Web browser a little more line to sail over to the Virtual Kite Zoo. (This site is no longer available.)
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1. Who was the first person to spot Hale-Bopp?
Dear Andrea: Here's what I do to find interesting things on the Web. To start, I go to Yahooligans at http://kids.yahoo.com or I go to one of my old favorites like Kids Corner at www.jumppoint.com/ kids/ kids.html and see if they've added anything new. Don't forget to bookmark any interesting Web sites you find and write down URLs you hear about or see in your local newspaper. If you want to search for something, ask your parents to help you before you use search engine. (The second site is no longer available.)
Dear Amy: Why do we need plug-ins? Are the plug-ins for the Internet free, and how much memory do they take up?-Jessica, Camirillo, CA
Dear Jessica: There are lots of sound files and things like interactive games that need plug-ins to run. When you click on one of these files, your browser checks to see if it has the right plug-in. If not, you'll get a message telling you where to get what you need. If the message doesn't tell you, check out http:// home.netscape.com/ comprod/ mirror/ navcomponents_download.html to learn where to download, how to install it and how much memory it may take. They're usually free. (This site is no longer available.)