Simple Machines
When you think of machines, chances are you envision complicated gadgets that need constant upkeep and repair. The fact is, they're merely tools created to make our work easier. By riding the factory belt out to http://sln.fi.edu/qa97/spotlight3/spotlight3.html you'll learn how we use tools to our advantage. From raising a flag on a pole to opening a can of soda pop, you'll discover that simple machines are something you use everyday. Why do movers rely on the inclined plane? How do construction workers use a wedge? From the wheel and axle to the pulley, Simple Machines will help you understand how we manipulate these tools to make all of our lives easier.

The Natural Perspective
This summer you will see birds, fish and flowers growing. But what about algae and fungi that you can't even see? These small life forms are just as important to the life cycle on earth as the larger forms we see everyday. The Natural Perspective at www.perspective.com/nature allows you to look at many different, mysterious life forms up close and personal. From fungi, move on to plants such as ferns and mosses or animals such as starfish and sea urchins. The Natural Perspective shows how these plants grow, thrive, survive and contribute to the cycle of life.

The Museum of Unnatural History
Whether you're an archaeologist looking for the lost civilization of Atlantis, or a space junkie trying to track down a UFO, you need to know your facts before diving into the world of the bizarre. At the Museum of Unnatural History, you'll find yourself immersed in this fascinating orbit of truth and fiction. Does the Loch Ness Monster really exist? What killed the dinosaurs? And what's up with the Abominable Snowman? Kids from all over the world have been asking these questions for ages, and by pointing your browser to http://unmuseum.mus.pa.us/unmuseum.htm you'll get the scoop on space aliens and UFOs, lost worlds, mysterious animals and more! Get ready to enter this new dimension of the strange and scary. Just keep an eye out for Big Foot-he may be at the end of the next link. (DISCLAIMER: This site now contains advertisements.)

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Dear Amy: I am 62 years old and just getting my feet wet on the Internet. Just how does all this work?-Beverlye, Maple Plain, MN

Dear Beverlye: When you first start out, the Internet seems totally vast. But don't worry. Usually, your Internet Service Provider will help get you started with the right software and teach you how to connect with the World Wide Web. From there, it's just type in the URL (the funny address of Web pages) and click on the underlined words or hot links. A good starting place for you might be www.seniornet.org. Have fun!

Dear Amy: I was on chat and gave my e-mail out to one person. Now I am worried. Can people track down where you live based on e-mail?-Sara, Annapolis, MD

Dear Sara: Kids should not give out their e-mail address to anyone without their parents' permission. If you are worried about it or if someone has sent you e-mail you don't like, you should tell your parents right away. It's possible to find out people's names through online directories, but by being cautious and telling your folks about it you shouldn't have anything to worry about. For more information, check out Should Children's Internet Access Be Restricted or Not? at http:// www.geocities.com/ ResearchTriangle/ 2911/. (This site is no longer available.)

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