The Computer Age Explore one of the largest collections of computing artifacts in the world. The Computer Museum History Center You'll find way-cool real and virtual exhibits, including the evolution of the microprocessor and the ongoing history of the Internet. Log on at www.computerhistory.org for glimpses of the past and future. The artifacts collection has 2,000 old-school objects, including an 1890 Hollerith Census machine, a computer-generated Mona Lisa, supercomputers, and more fun items than you can shake a Commodore 64 at! Even sweeter, there's a timeline going back to 1945, which covers everything from artificial intelligence to the graphics used in the Disney movie "Tron." Plus, you'll get the lowdown on upcoming events at the real-world museum in Mountain View, Calif. Whether you're a technology buff or just love to play video games, this is a digital celebration you're going to love.
Read a Very Rare Book Have you ever been walking alone outside, in trees or in a field, everything was completely quiet...but you didn't feel like you were really alone? That's how Opal felt whenever she went exploring outside. She grew up in Oregon about 100 years ago, and as a small child, she started keeping a diary of the mystical world around her. Her book never became famous, but now you can visit The Fairyworld Around Us through the magic of the World Wide Web. Just turn the page to www.liloriole.net and immerse yourself in the magical fairyworld through Opal's eyes. Tadpoles, butterflies and bobolinks are just some of the forest friends you'll meet. Float into Opal's rare dream world for a while, then head outside and find a fairyland of your own. (This site is no longer available.) Unwelcome Guests Enter the world of ticks and worms at National Geographic: Parasites, a tribute to the critters that make our skin crawl. Be on alert at www.nationalgeographic.com/ parasites and prepare yourself for an adventure in parasite life. You'll meet such interesting creatures as the thorny-headed worm, the deer tick and the dreaded cat flea. Or go underwater with the Pacific lamprey, a primitive fish that snares its victims with an inescapable grip. You'll follow the parasite life cycle, as it travels from the roach to the rat, and places in between. Or meet the schistosome, which has wormed its way into 200 million humans while swimming with bathers. And if you're interested in learning more about these small yet dangerous creatures, you'll find great links to sites across the Web. Be careful out there! (This site is no longer available.)
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Dear Amy: What do you do when you need an idea for a report?--Nadeen, Buloxi, Miss.Dear Nadeen: You can always ask your teacher or the librarian, but when I,m stumped I go online to the most interesting place in the world, the Smithsonian Institution. Check it out at www.si.edu for an incredible list of topics from Aeronautics to Zoology. You,ll find articles and pictures about things such as old airplanes or insects that make the best pets. The musical history section is my favorite. The only problem is you might get lost wandering through the Web site and not get back to your homework.