Week of October 26, 2003

Ships Ahoy

Sir Water Rowdant and Bilge encourage you to take the Tudor Exploration at www.nmm.ac.uk/ TudorExploration/NMMFLASH/ index.htm. Many discoveries on the seas were made under the reign of England’s Tudor family. Sailors used coastal navigation and dead reckoning to figure out where they were headed. Learn about the different maps and charts drawn during this time. You can also take a gander on or below the deck of a Tudor ship. Examine the evidence to find out whether what you’ve learned is true.

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Who published the first modern atlas?

John Hawkins
King Edward VI


What type of stone was used to build the tombs in the Valley of the Kings?



Who owned the land where the Hadrosaurus was found?
John E. Hopkins
William Parker Foulke
Dr. Joseph Leidy



Ruins That Remain

Get your bearings on Egyptian tombs and temples when you visit the Theban Mapping Project at www. thebanmappingproject.com. An interactive atlas gives you a bird’s-eye view of the Theban Acropolis and the Valley of the Kings, and it lets you zoom in on individual sites in the vast complex. Maps and plans show the location of burial pits, stairways and even hidden chambers. Be sure to check out tips about becoming an Egyptologist in Resources.

Hadrosaurus Foulkii

Dinosaurs haven’t always been hanging out in museums. William Parker Foulke had to dig up the first set of bones. The process of Finding the World's First Dinosaur Skeleton is recorded at www.levins.com/dinosaur.shtml. As big as 20 feet long and 10 feet wide, Hadrosaurus foulkii was a larger-than-life discovery, but a tiny iguana was a big clue in reconstructing the skeleton. Read about its 1858 uncovering and 1995 dedication as a historic landmark. Then take a virtual tour of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, home to many prehistoric creatures. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

Is home schooling a good alternative to public schooling?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How does a computer virus work and get transferred?
— Joel, Lexington, Ky.

Dear Joel: Computer viruses are executable files that have the potential to wreak havoc on your machine. A virus becomes active only if you execute or open the file. The damage that viruses do depends on their programming. Some delete files while others repeatedly copy themselves, which eats up space in your computer’s memory. They are also programmed to infect other machines. Oftentimes they send copies of themselves to all of the addresses in your address book. McAfee Security at http://home.mcafee.com/
has information about how to protect your computer from viruses, and it has downloadable software that will remove a virus from an infected computer.

Dear Amy: Do you know any cool girls’ sites?
— Jennifer, Teaneck, N.J.

Dear Jennifer: The Web has lots of sites that are just for girls. What’s Her Face at www.whatsherface.com has fun activities such as redesigning a bedroom and creating cool arts and crafts. Girls Inc. at www.girlsinc-online.org is all about inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold. There you can read about girls who are having fun fulfilling their dreams. (The first site is no longer available.)

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