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Ask Dr. Universe

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Ask Dr. Universe

Welcome to Ask Dr. Universe, a site devoted to answering science related questions for kids of all ages! There are two ways to navigate around the site. You can use the side menu or the picture menu in the middle of page. Both take you to the same sections.

Those sections are:

Who is Dr. Universe – just who is this Dr. Universe and why… Continue reading

Flipping For Science

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Flipping For Science

Meet FLIP the world’s strangest research lab. FLIP stands for Floating Instrument Platform.

To start learning about FLIP you should start in the section called Meet FLIP. There you can learn all about FLIP from how big it is and even see how it flips!

In How FLIP Works we learn all about how people live and work and what FLIP does. I found myself… Continue reading

Nordly’s Northern Lights

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Nordly’s Northern Lights

“Of all naturally occurring heavenly phenomena, few come close to a night with a magnificent northern lights display. Flickering curtains of dancing light against the dark skies, northern lights is certainly one of the most spectacular of nature’s phenomena.”

For all of you who’ve been reading my articles for a while, you know I love the Northern Lights. I can’t begin to tell you how delighted… Continue reading

Turkey Jokes

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Turkey Jokes

These are great jokes to tell your kids. You’ll find there are about 20 jokes on the site. Just scroll down the page to view them all.

On this site you will also find The History of Thanksgiving, where you can read the Story of Thanksgiving and check out some great links about the Proclamations of Thanksgiving by George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln, as well First-Hand Accounts… Continue reading

Library Elf

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Library Elf

This is a great site for all you library goers. You can track the items that you take out and have on hold, and you can get great e-mail alerts so nothing is late. Best of all, it’s free to use. My dad sure could use Library Elf to get his books and magazines back to the library on time.

The first thing you need to do-… Continue reading

Camera Toss

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Camera Toss

I thought I’d seen every kind of photography the net had to offer, but after finding this site I can say that I was wrong. Flickr is a site that allows you to upload and share photos that you’ve taken for free. It’s a great site thus the noteworthy mention at the beginning of this article. The really neat thing is that there are photo groups that… Continue reading

Pandemic Flu

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Pandemic Flu

The flu is a big health problem this time of year, and it seems every year the threat of pandemic influenza gets worse. The Pandemic Flu site has information about both the pandemic influenza and avian influenza.

The site is divided into several categories. They are General Information, Health and Safety, Monitoring Outbreaks, Planning and Response Activities, Travel and Transportation, and Research Activities.

When most people discuss… Continue reading

Painting Flowers

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Painting Flowers

This is a sister site to the site we ran earlier in the year called Painting the Weather. Navigation is pretty easy. You can browse with the side menu by Title, Artist, Flower Type, Theme, or Locations. At the bottom of the page, you can check out the Quiz on Flower Painting.

Once you choose a gallery, you’ll see options within the gallery. Under flower type… Continue reading

Wood Carving or Wood Sculpting? You Decide

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

Wood Carving or Wood Sculpting: You Decide

I was surfing around this wood working site when I came across this article. It was so neat I decided to share the article with you.

The article is about woodworking artist Livio de Marchi. He sculpts the most amazing projects I’ve ever seen. Life-size realistic cars are shown in this article. Even the inside of the cars are realistic. If… Continue reading

Liquid Sculpture

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Liquid Sculpture

I devote a lot of my research time to different forms of art. I found this site and was awed and simply amazed. At first I thought they were actual sculptures, and then I found they were photographs and decided that was much cooler. The process is interesting, too. You can read all about the process in several places. Either check out the FAQ where it is… Continue reading

UF Book of Insects Research

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

UF Book of Insect Research

“The University of Florida Book of Insect Records names insect champions and documents their achievements.” Each chapter is on a different subject of their records. With 40 chapters in all, that’s a lot of insect champions.

Here you will find the fastest flier’s record, the loudest, the least tolerant to cold/heat, and whole lot more. To navigate you can either click the chapter title… Continue reading

Everyday Science

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Everyday Science

“The National Synchrotron Light Source is a scientific facility that is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Each year, more than 2500 scientists from all over the world come to perform experiments at the NSLS. This website describes some of the everyday science that goes on at the NSLS and how it may impact your everyday life.”

Doesn’t it sound exciting, all those scientist converging… Continue reading

Healthy Fridge

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Healthy Fridge

One of the big health concerns facing people right now is heart disease. This site is devoted to providing heart healthy tips for you and you family. Navigation is pretty simple. There are buttons near the top of the page that break the site down into four sections. Under those there are two more links the What’s New and Search sections.

The Healthy Fridge has 10 tips… Continue reading

NOAA Photo Library – National Weather Service

Welcome to the NOAA Photo Library’s National Weather Service Photo Gallery. You can explore the navigation on the side menu if you want, but you just have to scroll down to get to the core content.

The photos are divided into topical galleries. To view the images click on the number next to the gallery you wish to view. Some only… Continue reading

Recipezaar

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Recipezaar

It’s that time of year when we all start cooking a little bit more to warm up the house or to try out some new recipes for those holiday meals. This excellent recipe site has pictures of a lot of the recipes! You can share your recipes and photos and browse through others’ recipes and photos. In order to post, you’ll need to sign up for a free… Continue reading

Ask Oxford

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Ask Oxford

As a writer I adore word sites. There is something just so appealing about quotes, stories, and new ways to use words or just the opportunity to learn new words and integrate them into my vocabulary and writing. I really like this site because of its witty quotes and interesting layout.

The main sections are in the middle of the page: Word of the Day, A Quote… Continue reading

World Count

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Word Count

While I found this site fascinating and a fun way to waste some time, I couldn’t quite figure out how to describe it. Then I headed to their about section and found that they had already done so.

“WordCount™ is an artistic experiment in the way we use language. It presents the 86,800 most frequently used English words, ranked in order of commonness. Each word is… Continue reading

Word Count

Monday, January 16th, 2006

While I found this site fascinating and a fun way to waste some time, I couldn’t quite figure out how to describe it. Then I headed to their about section and found that they had already done so.

“WordCount™ is an artistic experiment in the way we use language. It presents the 86,800 most frequently used English words, ranked in order of commonness. Each word is scaled… Continue reading

Geological Time: The Story of a Changing Earth

I have to admit, I really love well-put-together sites, and this one is simply beautiful. This site is an excellent source of information on the different time periods of the earth.

The time line at the top of the page has the controls Zoom In, Zoom Out, and a drag bar that can move the time line. At first, only… Continue reading

Kids Newsroom

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Kids Newsroom

“Kidsnewsroom.org provides children with a safe, kid-friendly Internet site loaded with stories, pictures, contests and opportunities for learning. Each week, a new issue is added to the site with the latest news in sports, music & entertainment, health, history, local events and happenings around the world, all designed with kids in mind!”

This site is great for kids, especially for in-classroom use. At the top of the… Continue reading

Hubble Site

Monday, January 16th, 2006

This site is huge and full of fabulously interesting things to check out. Under the category “Announcements”, the first entry “Tonight’s Sky” is my favorite of the whole site. Let’s visit it shall we?

Tonight’s Sky — To get them out of the way I’ll mention the resources, and archive links now. Take a brief look at them, then click “Play Movie” near the top of the screen. The movie… Continue reading

Sand Scuplture World Championships

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Sand Sculpture World Championships

Welcome to the site where I lost myself in the images of sand sculpture for several hours. I know that I couldn’t judge this contest because I liked them all too much! It really amazes me what an artist can do with sand and water. Are you ready to start your adventure here?

Sculptor Information – this is where you can learn how you could… Continue reading

Earth Calendar

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Earth Calendar

This is a fun site that allows you to find out what holidays are happening TODAY! Just click the Today button and see what holidays are celebrated on today’s date.

If that weren’t great enough on its own, you can also use the tabs across the top of the page to check… Continue reading

NORAD Tracks Santa

Friday, January 13th, 2006

NORAD Tracks Santa

I stumbled across this site by taking a Christmas myth quiz where you answered true or false to the statements provided. I answered false for the statement:

“The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracks Santa and his reindeer across the sky every year on Christmas Eve. “

Turns out I was wrong! I just couldn’t picture them doing it but, it’s true, they do and… Continue reading

Electric Scotland

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Electric Scotland

I know we’ve looked at Scotland’s history before – but this site is so in-depth and really delves into the past and had so much great information that I just could not pass it up. Wait till you check it out, then you’ll see why I’m so excited.

I highly recommend that you start your journey with the Welcome to Electric Scotland link. You’ll get a great… Continue reading

Interfaith Calendar

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Interfaith Calendar

These days many families consist of family members who practice different religions. Dad may celebrate Hanukkah while Mom celebrates Christmas and Aunt Sue observes Bodhi Day. How do you keep it all straight? With the Interfaith Calendar, that’s how. The Interfaith Calendar marks primary sacred times for world religions.

If you click the 2005 link then you’ll be able to see all the holidays that are left… Continue reading

Draw Me Something

Friday, January 13th, 2006

This takes me back to the days where I had an Etch A Sketch – which I never fully mastered but was still a lot of fun. I’d play with one now if I had one.

You can start by clicking the link Start Drawing – here you can find out how the controls work and what subject you’ve been given to

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