From the precision of a baseball pitcher's curveball to the amazing accelleration of world-class sprinters, most jocks know there's more to sports than strength. Science is just as responsible for an athlete's success. At the Sport! Science Web site, you'll discover why the sporting life is more technical than you ever thought. By racing out to www.exploratorium.edu/sports you'll read firsthand accounts from rock-climbers, hockey players and gymnasts on how science has helped them. How does Michael Jordon stay airborne for so long when he slam-dunks? In addition, you'll find outstanding advice and insight at the Science of Hockey and Science of Cycling pages. These sections use interactive multimedia to demonstrate everything from the making of a mountain bike to a 100-mph slapshot.
The Weather Room If during a thunderstorm you run to the window to watch lightning strike while others hide under their beds, you may be the perfect fit for the Weather Room. It's a place that fans of all weather can call home. Created by the National Severe Storms Laboratory, the site contains cool graphics and plenty of useful information. Rain or shine, be sure to make the trip to www.nssl.uoknor.edu/ edu and discover the workings of weather phen-omena, from hail and hurricanes to those nasty tornadoes. You'll learn all about symbols, maps and systems to better understand why the skies are as unpredictable as they are. Read about career opportunities, such as television weatherperson. And for kids that just can't get enough, the Weather Room is full of links to other weather sites on the 'Net. Don't forget to bring your umbrella! (This site is no longer available.)
The Mystery of the Maya
The people of ancient Mayan civilizations in Mexico and Guatemala were building amazing structures, studying the sky and writing in hieroglyphs thousands of years ago. Take a trip back in time to meet the fascinating "People of the Jaguar" at www.cmcc.muse.digital.ca/ membrs/ civiliz/ maya/ mminteng.html Check out ruins of ancient cities, see incredible artifacts from the tombs of Mayan kings and learn about the unusual Mayan calendar and cosmology. Mayans still exist today within Central America. They aren't building pyramids anymore, but you can learn about the arts and customs that come straight from the ancient civilization. Spend some time with the Mayans and you'll see that archaeology isn't just for the Egyptians anymore! (This site is no longer available.)
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1. When was the modern baseball introduced?
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