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Happy Puppy
It's said that a dog is man's best friend, but Happy Puppy must be the one exception. He's a kid's best friend! The No. 1 games site on the Internet at http://happypuppy.com comes through with all the goodies, from race-car driving to space adventure and beyond. There's even a special kids' section, which features such popular programs as "Mega Math Blaster" and "Goose-bumps: Escape From Horrorland." Whether you want to hang with "Space Dude" or escape from "Thor's Hammer," Happy Puppy will gladly bring you the best in action, adventure and learning. And if you're still howling for more game information, Happy Puppy features interesting extras, including a how-to on becoming a video game developer and links to games sites all over the Internet! (This site is no longer available.)

Bring on the Bubbles!
Ever wonder why bubbles are spheres and not some other shape? What makes all the rainbow colors on a bubble? And what happens when two bubbles collide? (They don't always pop!) As you wave the bubble wand, it may seem like you're just playing with soap. But there's lots going on inside every bubble. Get the blow-by-blow story on bubbles at www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/bubbles/bubbles.html This cool under-the-microscope site will teach you everything about how soap and water work together to make hours of good clean fun. You'll also find easy science experiments, a recipe for the best bubble formula, and information on lots of books and Web sites about bubbles and soap science. Also, check out the links to other bubble pages at the Cool School sites.

It's Not Garbage. It's Art
What animal is 9 feet tall, 11 feet long and is made out of thousands of scraps of lumber, grocery bags, mittens, comics and other stuff? His name is Trashasaurus Rex, and he's here to spread the message that America's landfills are way too full! Each month, Imagination Factory publishes new activities to help you use your imagination to recycle! Click on www.kid-at-art.com/htdoc/product.html to find out this week's activity. They show us how you can use trash to make really cool stuff! Take the time to visit Imagination Factory's main page on the World Wide Web at www.kid-at-art.com and see pictures and read about Trashasaurus Rex, educate yourself on recycling and find out how to un-trash our planet and have fun at the same time.

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Dear Amy: What is your favorite spot on the Internet? --Crystal, Waseca, MN

Dear Crystal: It's hard to choose just one favorite Web site. Last week I was interested in space stuff, so I checked out the NASA site at www.nasa.gov. It's always awesome. I crave Smoothies, so I often stop by http://unicity.net/reine/smoothie for the latest recipes I can whip up in the blender. But when I can't think of where to go, I usually end up at Yahooligans, http:// kids.yahoo.com just to see what's new. (The second site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: When I'm at some sites on the Web, I see "Java required." What is Java, and why is it required for some things? --Katharine, Palo Alto, CA

Dear Katharine: Java applets are small programs that you can download and run in your Web browser. So with Java, a programmer can create an interactive game or demonstration applet that can be downloaded and run on your computer. The great part is that you can interact with the applet right on the screen. If you want to try a word search game that uses Java, go to www.worktechs.com/ wordsrch/ wordsrch.html If your browser doesn't support Java, you can go to Netscape at www.netscape.com and download a browser that does. (The first of these two Web sites is no longer available, and the browser downloads at the second site are no longer available.)

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