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Travel back to '68
Did you know that you can jump on a time machine, right now, and go back 30 years? Sure, the 1960s were about rock 'n' roll and bell bottoms, but there was a whole lot more going on. Find out why the Whole World Was Watching the U.S. in 1968 by setting your time machine to www.stg.brown.edu/ projects/ 1968. Lyndon Johnson was president, the Vietnam War was going full blast, and thousands of American citizens marched through the streets. Listen firsthand to the accounts of people who lived through the Vietnam War and student and Civil Rights protests who share their memories through RealAudio interviews. There are also timelines and glossaries. It was a year of huge changes - some of them hopeful, some frightening. Now's your chance to hear and see it all; it's not too late to live through '68!

Animal, Vegetable Or Mineral? Twenty Questions, the game where one player thinks of an object and another asks questions in order to determine what the object is, can now be played on the Internet. This experiment in artificial intelligence plays like a simple game but behaves like a human - almost. Think quick and head to http:// come.to/20Q to challenge the brainpower of a computer with your toughest objects. Pick an animal, a vegetable or a mineral and answer the site's questions to the best of your ability. The more it is played, the better it gets, so take a look at the future today at 20Q! (This site is no longer available.)

Puzzling Pictures
Combining the beauty and intrigue of art and mathematics, tessellations are repeating patterns of interlocking shapes. Totally Tessellated is a comprehensive online introduction to these awesome images. Spin, weave and twirl to http://library.thinkquest.org/16661 and develop new skills in design, geometry, art and math. Discover M.C. Escher, the artist considered to be the master of tessellations because of his stunning creations. The site's history section examines tessellations through the ages, from ancient Egyptian times to modern days. Did you know that they can be traced all the way back to about 4000 B.C.? From parallel lines to offset polygons, you'll view various tessellating techniques, displayed as random images and beautiful animations. If you like science, mathmatics or art you will love this site.



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1. Which high school developed "The Whole World Was Watching"?

South Kingstown High School
Easton High School
Blue Valley High School
2. When playing 20 Questions, what is the first question the computer asks?
Is it bigger than a bread box?
Is it alive?
Is it classified as Animal, Vegetable, Mineral or Unknown?
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Dutch
English
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Dear Amy: In school, I searched for mummies and I got a message that said "Violation, access to this site is blocked." How come?--Michael, Lafayette, Colo.
Dear Michael: It sounds like the computers at your school have filtering software installed. Most of these programs block access to Web sites based on a hidden list. Some of these programs allow access only to customized "safe site" lists and others work by blocking out specific words that are on the Web sites. Sometimes a Web site that is perfectly safe will be blocked unfairly. Check out C/net's reviews at www.cnet.com/ Content/ Reviews/ Compare/ Safesurf to learn more about the issues and the software that's out there. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: Where's a place on the Web to convert U.S. measurements to metric?--Leon, St. Louis
Dear Leon: There are lots of Web sites that have conversion calculators. Check out Measure 4 Measure at www.wolinskyweb.com/ measure.htm#else. It's a collection of links to tons of calculators, estimators and language translators. Some of them can help you figure out how much grass seed for the lawn or estimate how much wallpaper it will take to redo the living room. There's even one to calculate how much you need to save each week to go to college. (This site is no longer available.)

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