Week of August 31, 2003

Techie Biology

Log on for a Biology Technology Adventure at http://animalsciences. missouri.edu/biotech. You’ll see what you’re made of when you learn about the human genome. Break down DNA structures into adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine and learn about the bonds that hold these strands together. You’ll discover the difference between mitosis and meiosis. Helpful diagrams explain the scientific side of cloning while Real Player videos touch on topics such as forensics, plants and diagnostics.

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What structure does a plant cell have that an animal cell does not?

cell wall


How many words were in Shakespeare’s vocabulary?

26, 450
27, 870
29, 765


What government title does Bob Hope share with no one else?
honorary veteran of the Armed Forces
official entertainer of the Armed Forces
Armed Forces radioshow host



Shaking Up Shakespeare

Through the years, printers, editors and directors have had opportunities to change Shakespeare's plays. So is Shakespeare Subject to Change? Did he really write all those catchy lines? Come to your own conclusion about these questions at http://broadband.ciconline.org/shakespeare. Follow a play from pen to print and then from stage to screen. If you’re interested in other tibits regarding Shakespeare, learn about some of the words he may have invented such as investment, advertising, kissing and watchdog.

Thanks for the Memory

Celebrate the charmed life of 100-year-old vaudeville entertainer Bob Hope at www.loc.gov/exhibits/ bobhope. He made his career as a comedian, dancer and singer on the radio, on television and in some of the first motion pictures with sound. Read how an outgoing boy named Leslie, who earned money at amusement parks by winning footraces, blossomed into a stage fixture named Bob in Early Life. Hope and other vaudeville comedy acts depended on stock material for their bits and sketches. Amateur comedians can take a look at the joke file for some funny ideas.

What are you looking forward to this year in school?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: What is the coolest cell phone out there?
— Bradley, Tyler, Texas

Dear Bradley: With so many options to choose from, and with each person having different likes, dislikes and priorities, naming one phone the “coolest of all” is impossible. I can tell you, though, that the “coolness” of multifunctional phones is increasing. Phones that are PDAs and mp3 players and cameras all in one are more and more common these days. You can check out various cell phones at http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones.

Dear Amy: Where can I get the best deal on PS2 stuff?
— Jonathan, Edmond, Okla.

Dear Jonathan: As with any tech purchase, it’s a good idea to shop around before forking over the cash. One place to check out is PSR PlayStation Report at www.psreporter.com. It lists the most recent prices for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Gamecube from a number of online game console dealers. It will also help you find games and accessories that you can buy online. Spend some time searching for the best deal. A little research can save you a lot of money.

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