Week of May 4, 2003

Kents Cavern

There’s no need for a flashlight at Kents Cavern at www.kents-cavern.co.uk. Housing Britain’s oldest human dwellings, this Paleo-lithic cave-site is more than 700,000 years old. Follow the archaeological record and place early hominid findings of Homo erectus and Neanderthal on the geological timeline. Then trek over to the vestibule where a Homo sapiens jaw was found. You won’t find any dinosaur bones here, but be on the lookout for a 500,000-year-old cave-bear lurking around.

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What type of simple machine makes your shoelaces tighten?

Incline Plane


When were the earliest recordings of country blues music made?


Gear Up for Simple Machines

Nothing is simple about Edheads’ Simple Machines at www.edheads.org/ activities/simple-machines. This site is jammin’ with cool information about simple machines found in and around the house. In the Toolshed, you’ll learn about compound machines: two or more machines working together to get the job done. Interactive games teach you how to identify different machines and the jobs they do. Use the glossary if you find any terms that you’ve forgotten or don’t understand. This site is simply wonderful.

Time for Ragtime

The Templeton Music Collection at http://digital.
features a collection of original ragtime sheet music from turn-of-the-century America. Read descriptions of music types including fox-trots, war songs and minstrel music. Ragtime incorporated Caribbean and African drum rhythms with Western-style polkas. You can look at each song in its original sheet music form, with cover art that captures the spirit of the time. If you read music or know an instrument, download a song and play it.

What is the best way to deal with bullies at school?


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Lost in Blogs

RecentlyGoogle bought Blogger, a site hosting more than 1 million blogs, short for Weblogs. I’d heard the term “blog” on the Web, but I never understoodit. After all of the excitement in the tech world surrounding Google’spurchase, I decided to find out what was the “dealio.” I had no ideaI’d be up to my armpits in blogs after three clicks. Holy cow! Anybodycan create a blog.

So what is a blog? It’s a place for people to say anything they want, anytimethey want, and for anyone to read. It’s a continuous journal availableto the public. Scripting News at www.scripting.com is one of the longest-runningblogs. Whether you read some crazy news online or you find the coolest Transformerstoy ever for dirt-cheap at the thrift store, a blog lets you tell the whole worldabout it.

Now, this “tell the whole world” thing can be dangerous. Yes, manyof us are well versed in the need for safety on the Web. However, a quick refreshernever hurts, and it only takes a couple of minutes. So refresh your Internetsafety database at www.4kids.org/safesurf before you blog on.


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