Week of December 23, 2001

Finding a Cure for Cancer

Cancer Warrior Judah Folkman is taking great strides in the war against this deadly disease at www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/cancer. Dr. Folkman shares how his research has grown and how it has changed the medical field in the Dr. Folkman Speaks section. Through microscopic footage in the Cancer Caught on Video section, you can learn about the differences between normal cells and cancer cells. Trace the advancements in cancer research throughout the years in the Accidental Discoveries section. In the Hot Science section, you can watch a Flash movie that explains the stages of cancer growth and how cancer spreads through the body. The Designing Clinical Trials section has information about the new drugs endostatin and angiostatin, which are now being tested on cancer patients. Knowledge is power in the fight against cancer, and this site is powerful.

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From what source is the anti-malarial medicine quinine extracted?

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In the past decade, how many children were left homeless because of war?
8 million
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12 million




The Living World

Seven biomes, or living worlds, are thriving at http://library.thinkquest.org/C0113340. This site examines the climates, land forms and life that make up Earth. In each section, you can test your geographical knowledge with a Quick Question. Then post your views in the Your Say forums. The Impact section shows how human interference has affected Earth's biomes. Get up close and personal with your planet at this eco-friendly site.

Voices of youth

UNICEF's The Voices of Youth Web site at www.unicef.org/voy lets you discuss how to make the world a better place. The Meeting Place explores how kids your age face the struggles of war, hunger and child labor. You can also read stories about young children who have to work in factories. The Learning Place offers activities to test your knowledge about polio, HIV/AIDS, and children and work. Your voice is important, so let it be heard.

What special activities do you do during winter break?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How do fish survive in salt water? -- Rhett, Westminster, Colo.

Dear Rhett: Fish have the remarkable ability of being able to breathe while living in water. According to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center Fish FAQ at www.nefsc.nmfs.gov/faq fish actually breathe oxygen. The water flows over extremely fine gill membranes, and the fish absorb the water's oxygen content. You'll find tons more information at the Fish FAQ. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: Where can I go to make a Web page? -- Geoff, Santa Ana, Calif.

Dear Geoff: Creating your own Web page can be a fun and exciting adventure. For basic information about creating a Web page, Small Planet's Create Your Own Web Page site at www.smplanet.com/webpage/webpage.html has all the information you need. When you are ready to publish your page for the world to see, have a parent help you search the Web for a place that has free Web space for kids. Good luck.

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