Big Yak Attack The wildest shaggy-haired ox on the Internet awaits your presence at Yak's Corner, the coolest magazine for kids. Trot over to www.nieonline.com/detroit where jokes, crafts, contests and art are all the rage. You'll find far-out interactive fun and games like Yak-a-doodle and Yak Puzzles. Meet amazing animals from around the world, including monarch butterflies and scary monkeys. Plus, the Yak is always on the road, taking you to places as fascinating as Japan's Tokyo Sealife Park and New York's Broadway theater district. Looking for news you can use? Yak's Corner covers everything from allowances to kid movie stars. Yak's Corner is the place where kids can come to make crafts, read jokes and write stories. Get ready for a Big Yak Attack!
How Stuff Works Get out your cyber toolbox because it's time to open some appliances, do some exploring, and find out how stuff really works. You know there are no magical elves that make the phone ring. It's science. And it's great to learn how all these things we use every day really work. Pop the lid off www.howstuffworks.com to start. Poke around inside an internal combustion engine to find out what gasoline does once it's in the car, or crawl around in the human skin to find out what makes sunburns happen. It's your inside-out crash course on everything from remote controls to rocket science. Have fun tinkering, and don't forget to wash up before dinner. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.) The Invention Dimension At the Inventors and Inventions Web site, you'll get the lowdown on great inventions from past and present. Take your million-dollar idea to www.discovery.com/ past/ stories/ moreinventors.html and meet the obsessed minds who love to create. The site includes stories on the invention of the skateboard, Frisbee and answering machine, all contraptions we couldn't possibly live without! You'll meet Nolan Bushnell, a games addict from Utah who invented the first video game, Pong. Don't forget to try out a rocket belt and discover why James Bond's jetpack is now an airborne reality. Do you think you have an idea that will fly? (This site is no longer available.)
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1. What did Philo T. Farnsworth invent?
Dear Amy: Why is it dangerous for kids to give out personal information on the World Wide Web?-- Alexandra, Brainerd, Minn.Dear Alexandra: Trading information about yourself for games or free interactive services on the Web is getting to be more common. Companies that invest in these free Web services want to gather information about their potential customers. The dangerous stuff comes when you give out personal information in a chat room or to someone who you only know online. There is an interesting set of links called "Internet Do's and Don'ts for Kids" at http:// scrtec.org/ track/ tracks/ s01097.html. These links give you some good safety guidelines and show you how someone could take a name and find out where this person lives from the Web. (This site is no longer available.)