Tour the Planets
Space travel is a dangerous, if not impossible, task for most, but thanks to NASA's Solar System Simulator, star-hopping can be as easy as clicking your computer mouse. Shuttle out to http://space.jpl.nasa.gov and see the planets as never before. Like having a planetarium in your own home, the simulator lets you gaze at the sun, moon or stars from a variety of viewpoints. The images are breath-taking and colorful, and will be sure to give you a better understanding of the solar system. Saturn may look cool from Earth, but wait until you see it from Pluto! Still hankering for more galactic fun? The site also has sample scenes, movie clips and a space library. The Solar System Simulator is your chance to get a close-up look at the final frontier.

Make the News Who said public television was boring? No way! "on2" is the coolest side of public television you've ever seen ? because it's made by students just like you. Slide up to the news desk at www.pbs.org/newshour/extra to catch the latest reports from the best sources. There are tons of topics, covering everything from high fashion to natural disasters. You can log on with guest experts and listen to interviews. But don't just interact. Act! "on2" is just waiting for you to get behind the camera and into the newsroom. Is there an ace reporter lurking inside of you?

It's All Greek to Me
If you think that olive oil is just for fish fries and lasagna dinners, check out the Olive Oil From Greece home page. Like the culture passed down from the ancient Greeks, this is a tasteful site, full of history, meal ideas and fun facts. Climb the olive tree to www.olympia-oliveoil.com and discover why olive oil has long ignited the passions of food lovers from around the world. You'll travel to olive-producing regions all around Greece and learn how this unique fruit is harvested. The recipe page has a wide assort-ment of mouth-watering dishes, from grilled swordfish to the classic Greek salad. Go back in time and meet the Greek gods who mastered the science of olive tree cultivation. (This site is no longer available.)

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Dear Amy: Where can I get some cool graphics on the Web?-Arnold, St. Paul, MN

Dear Arnold: Check out Bill Kendricks' WebFX at www.nbswebfx.com. It's a busy site because it's so awesome. WebFX allows visitors to create online images with dozens of cool graphic filters. You just enter the URL of an image that is already on the Web and then chose one of the special effects, such as embossing or pointillism. Some of the effects, such as "wavey" and "swirl," are animated gifs that will move. You can even e-mail the image to yourself after you look at it. If it's busy, check out the examples or some of the other stuff Bill has done.

Dear Amy: Can a teacher ask you where's a good place to start using the Web?-Mrs. Vespestad, Lawrence, KS

Dear Mrs. Vespestad: It's OK; teachers have questions, too. There are lots of Web sites for teachers and most of them have a list of links that are great for learning. I think a good place to start is at The Busy Teacher's Website, www.ceismc.gatech.edu/ busyt/ toc.html The links are in categories such as archaeology, history and ecology, just to name a few. Also, there is a Teacher Reference Section that has links to things such as Teacher Talk and a Virtual Reference Desk. (This site is no longer available.)

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