Pet Personalities
You can't teach an old dog new tricks, but you can teach your friends a thing or two about their puppies, thanks to the Purina Pet Care Center. Just follow the wagging tail to www.purina.com/ breed and meet the many breeds of dogs from around the world. If you're looking into bringing a new pup into the home, the Select-A-Breed test will help you choose a dog that can be your guard, walking companion or friend. Did you know that German shepherds are often used in police work and during war? Or that a pug once saved the life of William, Prince of Orange? Is your pet dog a friendly chap or a bad boy? Take the Personality Test and find out! You'll be barking with the likes of Siberian huskies, Shetland sheepdogs and French bulldogs. Get ready to meet the Fido of your dreams. (This site is no longer available.)

More Mummies!It seems like a horror story, but it's real history: More than 500 years ago, a young girl knelt in prayer to be sacrificed to her gods. And in a way, she "lived" to tell the tale. Mark this in your field notes: www.nationalgeographic.com/ features/ 97/ andes. This is the key to your archeology expedition into the Andes mountains. Witness the discovery of the Inca "ice maiden" and learn about the rituals of the ancient civilizations in South America. Chart the course on virtual maps and explore the treasures of the maiden's tomb. Then head into the lab! The virtual autopsy shows you how modern medical science helps archeologists reveal the maiden's age, cause of death, and even what she ate. Sacrifice some time to discover the ancient Inca peoples.

Mir Space Station
Space stations used to be in the movies only, but thanks to new technology, now they are the real thing. The Mir Space Station can be permanently staffed by three cosmonauts, and plays host to visiting space crews. All systems aboard are functioning, so why don't you pop in for a visit at www.osf.hq.nasa.gov/ mir/ Welcome.html. You'll be able to follow the American Mir missions since 1995, browse through photos of the station's interior, and examine all of Mir's components up close. If you plan on spending more time with these space adventurers from around the world, be prepared to burn midnight oil and "oxygen candles," because these folks work long and hard! You'll find all kinds of Mir-related Web links and Mir radio frequencies. It's time to make a pit-stop in the stars! (This site is no longer available.)

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1. How tall is an adult basset hound?

13 1/2 to 14 1/2 inches
2 to 3 feet
About 18 inches
2. Where was the ice maiden's autopsy performed?
3. Mir Space Station's Kvant module weighs how much?
500 kg
11,050 kg
100,000 kg
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Dear Amy: I am thinking of getting a new modem. Which is faster on the Internet, a 56K modem or subscribing to a cable modem service?-Jayni, Lawrence, KS

Dear Jayni: The modems used to connect you to the Internet over cable TV lines can download data faster. A cable modem transfers data at 500K/second while a 56K modem, which is considered really fast, moves data at 56K/second. A difference of 444K/second! There is a monthly fee for the cable modem service but the good news is you will have a dedicated Internet connection. That way, people (like my dad) can still talk on the phone even when you are surfing the Net.

Dear Amy: Are there any good Web sites for science projects?-Alan, Omaha, NE

Dear Alan: There are lots of great sites on science fairs, but a good one is T. S. King Middle School's at http:// lausd.k12.ca.us/ ~tbanta/ scifair2.htm. They can help you with ideas for your project along with tips and sample projects. Check out their links for science fairs around the nation, too. If you want a Web site for beginning science projects, check out the experimental Science Project at www.isd77.k12.mn.us/ resources/ cf/ SciProjIntro.html. Let me know which project you do.

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