A Biological Funhouse
To understand the mysteries of science, you sometimes have to be a detective and a snoop. Cool Science for Curious Kids, developed by five different museums, lets you dig around for the clues you need in your quest for biological knowledge. Follow your nose to www.hhmi.org/coolscience and get the scoop on everything from the classification of critters to the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Food fanatics will get the chance to build their own salad with a variety of plant parts, while a special page on dust particles shows you how to build an airborne junk detector. At the 1-inch square project, you'll dive into a miniature world with only a piece of paper and your imagination. Discover how our living environment affects our everyday lives. Nature is calling your name!

Once Upon A Time ...Grab a cup of hot cocoa, sit back and relax. It's time for Story Hour, brought to you by the Internet Library. Snuggle up at www.ipl.org/div/storyhour and get ready for tales of adventure, magic and fun! Read about the Three Little Kittens, complete with way-cool graphics, or listen in to the tales of Old Mother Hubbard and Little Red Riding Hood in audio format. If you're not afraid of rodents, you'll love the wonderfully illustrated Mousie's Adventures. Some stories are even written and illustrated by kids like you! Check out the collection of magic stories, including the Magic Waffles and the Magic Bowling Ball. You'll meet such characters as Molly Whuppie and the Fisherman and his Wife. Or follow along in the race between the Tortoise and the Hare. Guess who wins? For the well-traveled reader, there's even a Japanese fairytale called "The Boy Who Drew Cats." It's story time!

Follow the Yellow Brick Road
There's no place like home ... and there's no place like the World Wide Web to get the latest, most complete scoop on one of your all-time favorite flicks. Click your heels three times on http://thewizardofoz.warnerbros.com to be magically transported to Oz! This is the official Web site to celebrate the re-release of the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz." Get the lowdown on the actors behind your favorite characters, and check out the fabulous classic movie posters and photo stills of your favorite scenes. Even better, relive Dorothy's adventure through the sounds of Oz with clips of the Wicked Witch's laugh, the chanting of her guards outside the castle, the sweet advice of Good Witch Glinda, and many more. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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Dear Amy: How's digital TV different from regular TV?--Tonya, St. Paul, Minn.
Dear Tonya: Digital television is going to change how we watch television. It will probably be more like the Web. Digital TV can receive and show a picture that has four times more detail. But it can do more because some of the signal can be other forms of data. For example, on your favorite nature show there might be multimedia games and articles to go with it. There are lots of other advantages with digital TV, such as CD-quality sound and a wider screen, just like at the movies. To learn more, go to PBS at www.pbs.org/ digitaltv.

Dear Amy: If I get a computer, what do I do to get on the Internet?--Leonard, Little Rock, Ark.
Dear Leonard: To get started using the Internet, you will need a modem for your computer and an Internet Service Provider (ISP). To find an ISP, look in the yellow pages or ask someone at a computer store. The modem uses your telephone line to call the ISP and it connects you to the Internet for a monthly fee. The ISP will usually give you the software you need to use the Web, an e-mail account and some server space for a homepage, too. When you get connected, a good starting place is "Learn the Net" at www.learnthenet.com/ english.

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