Come face-to-face with the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Field Museum in Chicago. Sue was discovered by fossil hunter Sue Hendrickson more than a decade ago in the badlands of South Dakota. Now you can check out Sue for yourself online at www.fieldmuseum.org/sue. You'll get the lowdown on all of Sue's vital statistics, including her age, height, weight and diet. Cooler yet, the site has a special section about Sue's skull, which shows us how Sue ate, breathed and sensed her environment. The site also features an impressive Image Gallery, complete with a CT scan of the T-Rex's brain and a close-up shot of her giant teeth. A special section just for kids is filled with games, including the Rex-Cross puzzle and the Prehistoric Word Search. Journey to the land of dinosaurs today!
Did you know that at one time the United States mail had to be delivered by mail carriers on horseback? Bet you didn't know the mail was such an adventure. Check out the return address at http://postalmuseum.si.edu. The Smithsonian Postal Museum will be delivered to your computer faster than you can say "Pony Express." Learn why Benjamin Franklin got fired when he was postmaster. Then check out the galleries to see how artists have made their stamp by designing envelopes. Finally, peek into the amazing, creative mail-boxes that won the rural folk art mailbox contest. If it has anything to do with stamps, envelopes and packages, you'll find it at the National Postal Museum.
Head due south for Glacier, a Web site all about Antarctica and how the continent influences the global system of weather, climate, oceans and geology. Wear your mittens to www.glacier.rice.edu. Explore this vast, frozen terrain, and meet the brave folks who conduct research and investigations there. Journey across Antarctica's ice shelves and glaciers and learn how they're affected by global warming. Ice skaters will love the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, more than 3.2 million cubic kilometers of ice. Just keep an eye out for the penguins. It's time to travel south . . . way south!
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1. What does R.M.S. stand for in "R.M.S. Titanic"?
Last month I suggested ways to cure those summer blahs. This month, how about finding out how to get involved in your community? Volunteering at local hospitals can be fun and rewarding. Visiting people in nursing homes can brighten someone's day. You can also donate food or clothing to homeless shelters. To find more ways you can help others, hop online at www.bygpub.com/books/tg2rw/volunteer.htm
If you would rather be outdoors, cleaning parks is a huge help to the community.
Grab some friends and trash bags, and head out. Don't forget to separate
recyclables, such as glass, aluminum, tin and plastic. Check out http://library.thinkquest.org/11353/gather/help.htm
for more "Ways to Help the Environment."
Finally, animal shelters always need help. Whether you donate some kibble or spend some quality time brushing the dogs, you will surely make a difference. For more ideas, try Nickelodeon's "Big Help" at www.nick.com/thebighelp.
What are you waiting for? Get going!