Week of November 28, 2010

Cool Spots
Back Issues
Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

Where does the golden lion tamarin live?
Daintree Rainforest in Australia
Atlantic Forest in Brazil
Madagascar Rainforest

When did the Exploratorium begin hosting artist residencies?

When was “Firing Room” painted?

“I Speak for the Trees!”

red pandaExplore Dr. Seuss’ Lorax Project at www.seussville.com/loraxproject and learn how to be good to the forest and the animals that live there. Click on Friends to see photos of the creatures that need special help, such as the long-armed gibbons and small red pandas. What You Can Do puts you in charge of making lifestyle changes as you learn to recycle paper, use cloth towels and stamp out Styrofoam. Be sure to Locate the Lorax before
you move on. He needs you, and we need him to
represent threatened forest dwellers.

Nominate a cool website at:

Surrounded by Shapes

spinning dancerLook around! No matter where you rest your eyes,
you will see geometry on display. Visit Exploratorium's Geometry Playground,
, to
engage your senses as you discover ways to recognize geometry. Take a stroll through the Geometry Garden and experience a curious cluster of different shapes, such as snail shells and cool crystals. The different features on this site will open your eyes to the many ways math is evident in our daily lives.

Space Art

moonman statueThe heavens have always been a source of inspiration for artists, even before they knew all the wonders that existed in the great beyond. The Smithsonian's Out of This World, www.nasm.si.edu/exhibitions/
, invites you to explore this fine art collection from the National Air and Space Museum, featuring interpretations of important moments during different eras of space exploration. Enter 1969 as man landed on the moon. From paintings to actual artifacts, such as space suits, there are many intriguing items awaiting your discovery.

Speak Out

Have you ever been cyberbullied?
If so, how did you deal with it?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Why do people laugh when they get nervous? — Karissa, Bristol, Conn.

Dear Karissa: The science of laughter is some pretty serious stuff. Scientists have carefully studied the brain to determine which parts are involved in laughter, and have even built tickling machines to get to the bottom of why we laugh. What they've found is that people use laughter as communication. Notice that you rarely laugh when you're by yourself? When you're with a group, you're more likely to laugh, and laughter might even become contagious. That's because laughter is used as a signal for being part of a group. If someone is laughing nervously, it's possible he or she is just trying to feel accepted. To learn more about the science of laughter, check out http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/scilaugh.html.

Dear Amy: Can you send me some sites with idioms and interesting quotes? — Namrah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Dear Namrah: One of my favorite reference sites is Fact Monster, because it's made just for kids. Learn about the stories behind common idioms at www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0769301.html, or find cool quotes on tons of topics at www.factmonster.com/spot/quotations.html. Have fun!


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