Planet Pals
At Explorers' Club you'll get the latest facts and stats on the well-being of Mother Earth. Get green at www.epa.gov/ kids and discover a world that needs your help now. Check out the interactive games and stories at Recycle City, where you'll find out why one person's garbage is often another's treasure. If comics are your thing, a comic book about the ozone layer will be sure to keep you entertained. Best of all, you'll get a bird's-eye view of the current environmental situation from Charlie Chipmunk, who tells what it's like to live in a park that becomes polluted. Become a friend of the planet by joining the Explorers' Club now!

Rock the Baby Now you can learn how to entertain with the yo-yo at Ken's World on a String Web site. Walk the dog out to http://kwos.yoyoing.com and learn all about this fascinating sport. Ken will show you how to play the yo-yo like a pro and how to buy the very best in axles, strings and ball-bearings. If you're not sure what kind of yo-yo you need, the site has reviews on more than 20 kinds. You'll find insiders' tips on how to make your yo-yo sleep longer, and how to avoid finger pains and clammy hands. Plus, you'll learn how to wax wood and recycle your old yo-yo's. And, of course, you'll discover a whole range of advanced tricks, from the zipper to the pinwheel to the man on the flying trapeze. If you're looking for more info on the sport, be sure to drop by the links page, where you can launch out to the Yo-Yo Bulletin Boards or Bob's Land O' Yo. It's time to go around the world! (This site is no longer available.)

The Abyss: An Alien Underworld
Imagine what kinds of creatures would live in an environment that is pitch dark 24 hours a day, full of poisonous gases, and has extreme freezing and scorching temperatures. It sounds like another planet but, it's right here on Earth-in the depths of the oceans! Climb into a virtual deep-sea vessel at www.pbs.org/ wgbh/ nova/ abyss and plunge into the abyss. Find out why Canadian scientists want to study the ocean floor to understand life on Earth. Be sure to catch the freakish creatures that live in these dark waters. They all look like something out of science fiction. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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When you know the answers to the questionsbelow, enter your answers. If you are correct, you will become a "4KidsDetective of the Week." If a question is not answered it is considered wrong.Good luck.

1. Where does Charlie the Chipmunk live?

in a zoo
in a garage
in a park
2. What is a good tip on making your yo-yo sleep a bit longer?
Make sure the string isn't rubbing against the sides.
Spin the reel faster.
Use graphite bearings.
3. Where were the scientists exploring the Abyss?
Pacific Northwest coast
47 miles southeast of Florida
southern Indian Ocean

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