Week of November 27, 2011

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How much does it cost to build a well?
Roughly $1000
Roughly $2000
Roughly $3000

What is the agronomist's first name in Ask the Agronomist?

Where did Patrick Heron paint most of his paintings?
Eagle’s Nest
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The Blue Calls to You

EarthIt is easy to take water for granted, but this precious resource is scarce in many parts of the world. The Water Crisis, www.the-water-crisis.com, aims to educate you on places where clean water is hard to find and what you can do to help. Did you know some people have to miss work and school to walk anywhere from three to seven miles in search of water? Dirty water leads to disease and sickness, but building wells can aid towns in need. Every drop of water you save can make a difference in conservation efforts, so use water wisely.

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Watch It Grow

the agronomistGrowing the Next Generation, www.growingthenext
, will surely have you reaping rewards from the Earth. Play videos to see amazing soil sights as worms and bugs wind their way through the dirt. See if you can keep your tree alive and growing in Games. Are you getting hungry yet? If so, browse through recipes for tiny pizzas, smoothies and a tasty pasta sauce to find cool ways to use healthy ingredients you may have growing in your very own garden. Share with your green-thumbed friends!

The Art of Color

paintingExplore Color, www.artisancam.
, and get to know one of the most famous British painters of the 20th century, Patrick Heron. Did you know that it is light that contains all the colors we see, not the objects we are looking at? In fact, objects that appear black reflect no light at all! Discover beautiful prisms of color, then try to re-create a Heron watercolor masterpiece on your own. Mix your colors carefully and see what you come up with. You can try as many times as you want, so get creative with color!

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Dear Amy: How should I choose a secure password? — Gretchen, Chicago

Dear Gretchen: There are lots of things you should keep in mind when choosing a password. Experts recommend choosing a password that contains lots of different types of characters, including lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers and special characters. This makes it harder for someone to guess your password. The longer a password is, the stronger it is. The Microsoft Safety and Security Center, www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/passwords-create.aspx, recommends using at least 14 characters in your passwords whenever possible. They suggest an easy way to turn a sentence into a secure password.

Once you've come up with a password, you can test how strong it is at www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/password-checker.aspx. Remember to create different passwords for your computer and each website you use. Using the same password for everything is dangerous, because if someone hacks into one of your accounts, he or she will have the password to all of your accounts. It’s also a good idea to change your passwords every few months. Stay safe!


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