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AN HEROIC GIFT OF LIFE
What is the best gift you've ever received? A bicycle? A pet? A toy? Will Lawson's best gift came from his older brother, David. It was bone marrow. To Will it was a gift of life. When Will was 4 years old, he was diagnosed with leukemia, a disease that affects the body's ability to produce blood cells. Will's father created www.topicofcancer.org to tell others about his son's experiences. This site is a diary of Will's heroic struggle with, and ultimate triumph over, his disease. You can learn more about this disease and other serious illnesses, bone marrow transplants and donations. There are links to other people who have shown strength, courage and determination in the face of serious illness, too. (This site is no longer available.)



WET FROGS AND FUN TOADS
If you ever wanted to know how to care for a pet frog or wondered if you could get warts from a toad, you need to hop over to Frogland. Dorota's Frogland page at http://allaboutfrogs.org/froglnd.shtml will provide you with all the ribbiting information about these amphibious marvels. Check out the frog songs, discover the creative ways they defend themselves against enemies, and learn much more. Find out about the important role frogs play in the ecosystem, too. And, if you're thinking of getting a pet frog, this site has all the tips on how to feed it and build it a happy home. Get off that lily pad and hop to Frogland. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)





BLAST OFF TO YOUR DREAMS
Space exploration is one of humankind's greatest passions. And by blasting off to http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild you'll find out exactly why. From the planets of our own solar system to galaxies beyond, StarChild flies you to the corners of the universe for a fascinating look at outer space. You can amaze your friends and family with facts about black holes, comets, "shooting stars" and much more. StarChild has games, movies and maps. It even has a glossary to explain those words you don't know. Whether you're following a speeding comet or kicking back on the moon, you're bound to have a great time at StarChild.




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1. At Frogland's Weird Facts, what lived for 40 years?

Ornate Horned Frog
European Common Toad
Giant Toad
2. When did David donate bone marrow to his brother Will?
April 27, 1997
January 13, 1996
November 7, 1995
3. How does StarChild describe a lightyear?
A year with 364 or less days.
The number of light rays that hit the earth during one year, which is 9.5 trillion light rays.
The distance light can travel in one year, which is 9,500,000,000,000 kilometers.
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Dear Amy: What is the difference between an intranet and the Internet? --Jackie, Provo, UT

Dear Jackie: There is a wide world of difference. The Internet is one international network made up of thousands of smaller networks connected together that anyone can use. An intranet is a private network set up for one group of people. Big companies and schools put up WWW servers just for their employees or their students to use. A "firewall" can be set up to filter people from getting in or out of the intranet. You know how cool it is to find stuff fast on the Internet. Just think if your school had homework, a calendar of events and a phonebook of students and teachers on its own intranet.

Dear Amy: How can I go to my favorite WWW sites without having to type in the address every time? --Coby, Racine, WI

Dear Coby: Browsers all have a way to save addresses of Web sites. These are called Hotlists, Favorites or Bookmarks, depending on your browser. When I am browsing the Web and I find an interesting Web page, I save it to my bookmarks. Then when I want to go back I just pull down my bookmarks menu and select the site. Some browsers even let you edit and organize your bookmarks list. You can even export your bookmarks to text or HTML. Sometimes, I have to delete old addresses to keep my bookmarks up-to-date.

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