Week of May 12, 2002

African Safari

Grab your safari hat and explore the biodiversity of central Africa at the World Wildlife Field Expeditions at www.worldwildlife.org/
. The expedition is essentially a biological inventory of the Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve in the center of Africa. This reserve includes Africa's largest elephant population, 16 primate species and thousands of plants. The site has cool maps, fact sheets and an Ask the Scientists feature. Grab your mouse and head to Africa, but don't frighten the elephants. (This site is no longer available.)

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How are colobus monkeys unlike other monkeys?

they have no thumbs
they eat only leaves
they have stripes of white hair


Which Paw Island character can you find at the Bait Shack?



Pablo Corral Vega is the founder of what foundation?
Harmonia Terra Foundation
Cultural Awareness Foundation
Lonely Planet Foundation




Island Adventure

Roam free on Paw Island, the magical world of dogs and cats at www.pawisland. com. Start your island adventure by visiting Today's Activity Page where you can tune into the Holiday Juke Box Radio or go on a guided tour of the island. Use your artistic talent to brighten up the Online Coloring Books. Memory, word and searching games introduce you to the many inhabitants of Paw Island. Be sure to check out Giggletoons, a comic strip about the island animals. Fun is unleashed on the Web at Paw Island. (This site is no longer available.)

Day Trippin' on the Cultural Edge

Cultures on the Edge, an online magazine found at www.culturesontheedge.
, is dedicated to helping indigenous cultures maintain their identity. Journey along the western side of South America to discover life in the Andes Mountains. Breathtaking pictures of African Ceremonies reveal the traditions and cultures on the continent. A trip to Asia will be the Journey of a Lifetime as you view pictures of Indian culture over 20 years. Read about Hot Topics within cultural groups and become familiar with foreign cultures.

Should the general public be allowed to ride on the space shuttle?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How do digital cameras take pictures? -- Jeff, Valley City, N.D.

Dear Jeff: Digital cameras take pictures by capturing light in small cells called photosites. Photosites convert photons, or light energy, into electrons, or electrical energy. Photosites do not distinguish between colors, so a filter must be used to separate the light into its three primary colors: blue, red and green. Each photosite is designated a color to capture. An analog-to-digital converter changes the electrical charges into digital data. Then the data is stored at a reduced resolution. You can find out more about digital cameras at www.digitalcamera-guide.com. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: I want to get a laptop. What do I need to know? -- Kirk, Sioux City, Iowa

Dear Kirk: The basics for choosing any com-puter, such as the hard drive and memory, apply in this case, but you should consider the weight and size of the laptop as well. CNET.com addresses the topics that you should consider at http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops. Also, do you want a built-in modem? Will you need high-quality graphics? Make a list of the ways you plan to use your laptop. Then weigh the factors as you make your decision.

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