Week of August 4, 2002

Science Then and Now

Go back in time on A Science Odyssey at www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso. This site presents 100 years of scientific discoveries. At Then + Now, see how human knowledge of medicine and astronomy has evolved since 1900. On the Edge presents fun comic book stories about famous scientists. Move mountains, replicate DNA or modify inventions as You Try It with cool Shockwave activities. Finally, play That's My Theory, an interactive game show with special guests Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud.

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Whose scientific discoveries led to the development of the radio in 1920?

Guglielmo Marconi
Charles Lindbergh
Reginald Fessenden


Who did the demon Pootna nearly kill?

Lord Krishna


Which two naval warships were the first ironclads to do battle?
USS Minnesota vs. CSS Virginia
USS Congress vs. USS Cumberland
USS Monitor vs. CSS Virginia




Show Your True Colors

The Colors of India shine brightly on the Web at www.colorsofindia.com. The Festival of Colors, or Holi, is an annual celebration of the death of a demon, Pootna, marked by rituals of goodwill and cheer. Learn how people smear each other with color throughout the festivities. Then visit the exhibits at Net Events, such as Sail Boat, a collaborative online art installation, and Sun Dial, a Web project about this ancient artifact. Virtual Holi allows you to contribute to a virtual story or splash colors in a virtual game.

The 1862 Peninsula Campaign

A series of Civil War battles initiated by the Union army to end the Confederate assault became known as the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Now you can find out all about these battles at www.peninsulacampaign. org. Learn about the Union and Confederate Leaders, and then follow the major Battles. You'll be amazed to discover that the Civil War introduced new war Technology, such as the first ironclad ships and hot air balloons. Also, you can find out why this famous Campaign failed and led to the war lasting three more years. (This site is no longer available.)

What can you doto put an end to racism?


Speak Out Here!

The Golden Rule

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." We've all heard these words many times. The golden rule is found in the writings of the world's major religions, according to www.teachingvalues.com/ goldenrule.html. But the meaning of this saying seems to be lost these days.

The need to be considerate of others' feelings is still important. Most of us were taught at a young age to regard other people's feelings. If adults had not instilled this value into us, we would be a bunch of selfish, unkind people. But for the most part, people are friendly and kind toward others.

Being kind reaches further than you may imagine. Simply being nice to people does not really constitute "doing unto others." Rather, we need to put the golden rule into action. Here are a few suggestions: Smile or say "hello" to someone you pass in an empty hallway, open doors for people with their hands full, be patient and polite with an obviously busy waiter.

The list of possibilities for showing kindness to others is endless. Help make this world a golden one.


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