Week of September 12, 2004

Space Beyond

Open the Windows to the Universe at www.windows2universe.org to see everything beyond the sky. Packed with images and multimedia, this site teaches about the formation of our solar system. Stardust and strange stuff in space are features in Astronomy & the Universe. Games such as Make Your Own Alien and Solar Concentration will keep you busy. Take a guided tour of Mars and read the news for up-to-date info on space missions. Be sure to keep a journal to record your experiences and observations.

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The moon’s gravity has what fraction of the Earth’s gravity?



Who killed Alexander Hamilton?

Aaron Burr
Lee Harvey Oswald
John Wilkes Booth


What does Rosella Archdale gather first for her traditional meal?



Alexander Hamilton

The New York Historical Society proudly presents Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America at www.
. From his youth as an orphan in the Virgin Islands to his death in an infamous duel, read about the milestones in Hamilton’s life in the Hamilton Log and the Timeline. Who were his friends, colleagues and rivals? The Gallery of Peers has the answers. You’ll find there is much to know about the man on the $10 bill.

Take a Seat With the Storytellers

Have you heard the story of how clever Raven brought light to the world, or why the killer whale will harm no man? Gather round the Circle of Stories at www.pbs.org/circleofstories to learn about Native American storytelling. You’ll meet four people who are keeping the ancient traditions of North American Indian tribes alive today. Tchin tells the story of how rabbits got long ears. Corbin Harney sings “The Water Song.” All four storytellers have at least one thing in common: They all know how to spin a good yarn.

How old should you be to take
care of your own pet?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: What’s the difference between Macs and PCs?
— Ann, Melville, N.Y.

Dear Ann: The operating system, or OS, used on Macs and PCs is the main difference between the two types of computers. The OS is the base software that manages all of the other software you use. That’s why programs such as Adobe Photoshop are available in Mac and PC versions. Software must be programmed differently to work with each system. Other differences between Macs and PCs exist as well. Macs have a reputation of handling graphics better than PCs while PCs usually are less expensive than Macs. Check out www.nvcc.vccs.edu/home/nvportg/macintosh_versus_the_pc.htm for some more information about the differences between Macs and PCs. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: Is the Loch Ness monster still alive?
— Eric, San Antonio

Dear Eric: Actually, one may wonder if the Loch Ness monster was ever alive at all. The Scottish legend dates back at least 1,500 years, but whether such a creature exists today is yet to be proved. You’ll find some information about legendary Nessie at www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lochness.

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