Insect Paradise
Enter the bizarre and fascinating universe of insects at Alien Empire, the companion Web site to PBS' Nature series. Buzz off to www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/alien-empire/introduction/3409 and meet a world of creepy crawlers. This site is jam-packed with multimedia presentations about monarch butterflies, wasps, bees and much more. Better yet, you'll find out how some of these high-flying insects actually get off the ground. Watch out for those dragonflies. You'll also learn about those pesky termites and how they have a way of "bringing down the house." Fashion lovers will get the chance to meet the insect world's most famous weaver, the silk worm. And for a journey like no other, be sure to follow the migration path of the monarch butterfly. But remember: Don't let the Web bugs bite!

An Adventure in Looking Get ready to go on safari! Arm yourself with a big imagination, some typing fingers and a mouse, and you're off. You'll meet up with your safari guide in the very civilized Museum of Modern Art at www.moma.org/interactives/artsafari/index.html. Look! Over that hill, it's a real, live Picasso! This is no big-game safari. It's a hunt for great art. By exploring the animals in famous paintings and sculptures, you can travel the world and find a whole new kind of adventure. It's a perfect journey for parents and small kids, or for the older explorer who likes to venture into cyberland alone. See thrilling art. Capture it with words. Send your stories to the Web site instantly, and find more amazing stories by other creative kids. But that's just the beginning because this interactive safari helps you capture pictures, too. Let your imagination run for miles with the four cool computer drawing boards that help you invent a bunch of fantastic animals of your own. Enjoy the adventure. Your art safari will surely go down in history.

The Tide is High
Take a walk along the ocean shore and get the lowdown on the animals that dwell between the wave-splashed rocks and the farthest reaches of the low-tide zone. At Life on the Rocky Shore, you'll learn about crabs, sea urchins, abalones and other way-cool creatures. The tide rushes in at http://library.thinkquest.org/J001418. You'll get the scoop on high and low tides and learn how they're determined by the phases of the moon. Or check out the tide tables, and find out when the tide is high in New York, Miami, San Diego and other cities. Then bring your crayons to the Tidepool Coloring Pages and color in pictures of sand dollars and sea slugs. The site also has a glossary of terms about tidepools as well as great games and several crossword puzzles. And if you plan on visiting a tidepool near you, be sure to read the tidepool safety tips. Be on the lookout for the sea stars.

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Dear Amy: Are bats a kind of bird since they can fly? --Willie, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Dear Willie: Bats are, in fact, mammals, the only true mammal that can fly. They have fur, they're born alive, and they nurse mother's milk, all facts to show they are mammals like you and me. Birds have feathers, are hatched from eggs, and are usually mouth-fed by their parents. To answer your question, I found a neat Web site at http://members.aol.com/bats4kids called Bats4kids. The site explains where bats live, what they look like and much more. Have fun learning about these fascinating creatures. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: What's a Java applet, and why does it make my computer go slow? --Darleen, Baltimore
Dear Darleen: A Java applet is a type of computer program that allows animation or other interactivity on a Web page or in a file written in the Java computer programming language. An applet usually takes awhile to load because it is computer code that needs to download before the applet will run. To learn more about Internet terms, check out A Glossary of Basic Internet Terms at www.getnetwise.org/glossary. Have fun with those games.

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