Storm Watch: El Niño
Around the globe, people are experiencing the effects of El Niño. It's the disruptive weather pattern in the tropical Pacific that changes weather on both sides of that ocean. From drought in Australia to destructive flooding in South America, El Niño is certainly a force to be contended with. If you're planning a trip, it can't hurt to know what El Niño will be up to in the coming months. The El Niño Theme Page brings you to the heart of this activity, with a wide array of maps, diagrams and animations to help you understand this phenomenon. Storm out to www.pmel.noaa.gov/tao/elnino/nino-home.html and play the role of weatherman, forecasting changes in climate.
All Aboard the Titanic!
All hands on deck, the Titanic is going down! Now's your chance to visit the most famous ship in modern history-and uncover some of the mystery of the shipwreck of the Titanic at www.floridamuseum.org. First take a tour of the ship before it went under. You'll see the elegant rooms that made this a luxury liner, and meet the crew who went to work when the trouble started. Of course, you'll want to see the ruins of the ship that are still on the ocean floor today. And check out the objects that were rescued from the wreckage, like the priceless jewels and everyday belongings of the passengers who didn't survive the tragedy. Respond to this cyber S.O.S.-it's a lesson in history you won't regret.
The Symphony of Friendship
At&T's Brain Spin When you make a phone call to your grandparents or old pals, chances are that you're not thinking of how your voice connection came to be. After all, the telephone system is too confusing, right? Wrong! At AT&T's Brain Spin, you'll discover all the workings of the national phone system. By dialing up www.att.com/technology/ forstudents/brainspin you'll be able to play the Numbers Game or connect calls with the cartoon character Switch A. Roo. Find out how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, and how he taught his dog to talk too! For the serious caller, the Brain Spin will give you the lowdown on why the world is running out of phone numbers! (This site is no longer available.)
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1. Who named EL Niño?
Dear Darren: It would be kind of hard to find out the cost of any one thing by searching the Web. I did find a cool page from a school in New Zealand that's called "How much does it cost?" Check it out at www.interlink.org.nz/ projects/ cost/ cost2.html. There's a catch. The price won't be in U. S. dollars. Go to Oanda's Currency Converter at www.oanda.com/convert/classic for the final cost.
Dear Amy: What do you do when you get into something on the Web you are not supposed to?-Chelsea, Stafford Springs, CT
Dear Chelsea: The most awesome thing about the Web is to surf by clicking on any link and see where it will take you. Unfortunately, there are too many things that are not for kids. I'm pretty careful now, and I think before I click on just anything. Here's what I do if I discover something that makes me uncomfortable: I just click on my homepage button to get away. My folks and I have an agreement that is posted on the wall above our computer. For more safety information, check out www.yahooligans.com/ docs/ safety at Yahooligans. (This site is no longer available, but you can visit http://safely.yahoo.com.)