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Why is the Sky Blue?
Curiosity has traditionally killed the cat, but that's not the case with Dr. Universe, the smartest feline on the Internet. At the doc's Web site, you'll discover answers to some of the most mind-boggling questions out there. Make an appointment at www.wsu.edu/ DrUniverse and get ready to quiz your favorite feline. Do trees ever stop growing? Why can't we build more brain cells? What is a black hole? Whatever the question, you've come to the right place. From slime to sleep, you'll get the lowdown on the world's great mysteries, not to mention insect romance and cow belching. Every day, you'll find new solutions to problems and answers to questions that would put a quiz show host to shame. This cat can't be stumped! And in case you're looking for that second opinion, Dr. Universe will be more than happy to direct you to far-out sites like Chaos Kids, Pioneer Planet and the Why Files. The doctor is in!

Ever Been to a Hospital? Put on some scrubs and get to http:// funrsc.fairfield.edu/ ~jfleitas/ hospital.html -STAT! This site will guide you through the corridors of a hospital through the eyes of kids who've been spending lots of time there. Whether you're interested in medicine or know someone who's had to go to the hospital, these kids will show you that there's nothing to be afraid of. After all, hospitals are here to help, and your family never has to be far away. You can check the chart on everything, from vital signs to hospital food (OK, maybe THAT's a little scary), and feel better! (This site is no longer available.)

The ABCs of Fun
Fun is the operative word at Fun School, where school lessons go hand in hand with games, activities and plain old horsing around. Jump on the next yellow bus and head out to www.funschool.com The site features way-cool interactive activities, such as concentration games, jigsaw puzzles and history comics. Join your classmates in the search for a T-Rex at the Dinosaur Dig, or dive for treasures and marine life at The Reef of Lost Worlds. Do you know the capital city for each state in the U.S.? Find out at the Capital Fieldtrip. If going green is in your future, you'll love the offerings at Protect Our Environment. From Haunted Numbers to Paint Brush Math to Animal Homes, Fun School is undoubtedly the learning arcade on the Web. And to give your brain a rest after class, there's even a fireworks show. Who needs recess when you have Fun School? (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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1. Why did Julie go to the hospital?

Cancer
Broken leg
Seizures
2. Kids in which grades should go to łThe Spot˛ at funschool.com?
First and second
Third through sixth
seventh and eighth
3. According to Dr. Universe: Is it possible to cross a chimpanzee with a human?
Yes
No
Maybe
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Dear Amy: What is a database and how does it work?--Carleen, Des Moines, Iowa
Dear Carleen: A database is like an electronic filing system made up of records. A simple example is an electronic address book of all your friends. A record would be all the information about each friend. Each record could be made up of information such as: first name, last name, address, city, state and birthday. The awesome thing about databases comes when you want to find certain records. For example, you could ask the database to sort your friends according to birthday. Then you would know which friends' birthdays are coming up.

Dear Amy: Can my computer get a virus from the World Wide Web?--Kenny, Madison, Wis.
Dear Kenny: A computer virus can be transferred on a floppy disk, across a network or even downloaded from the Web. Fortunately, typical e-mail and downloads of pictures and text files can't have viruses. Files infected with a virus are always executable files or programs that must run to infect your computer. So be suspicious of free games or programs that claim to do something too good to be true. To be safe, get an anti-virus utility. Check out Hitchhikers.net www.hitchhikers.net/ av.shtml for more information. (This Web site is no longer available.)

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