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February 2005

DATESITE OF THE DAY
2/01/05    Extreme Oil
   Fifteen years after the end of the Cold War and in the wake of two wars in the Gulf and Iraq, all the world's easy oil has been found. Today, the oil industry has to go to extremes to find new sources of the asset that drives the world's economy and fuels so many aspects of modern life. This PBS site crisscrosses the globe like the transcontinental pipelines themselves, exposing a wide range of issues - and meeting people who wrestle with the dilemmas of how to ensure the supply we need, at a price we will tolerate.
2/02/05    StaySafeOnline
   This website gives you the information needed to secure your computer. You'll find tips on how to safeguard your system, a self-guided cyber security test educational materials and other Internet resources, as well as valuable information from our supporting organizations.
BONUS SITE:  State of the Union Addresses
      Tonight at 9PM Eastern, President Bush delivers the 'State of the Union' address to a joint session of Congress. This Information Please site lists previous State of the Union Addresses of U.S. Presidents.
2/03/05    NationMaster
   This site is central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD. You can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics.
2/04/05    Lib. of Congress: Sept. 11, 2001
   The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project captures the heartfelt reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93.
2/05/05    Zoos Worldwide
   This site features lists of zoos, aquariums, animal sanctuaries and wildlife parks worldwide along with zoo reviews, zoo cams and an Animal of the Month.
2/06/05    Science of Music
   What is music? Is birdsong music? How about the tap-tap-tap of a hammer, or the wail of a creaking door? Is playing a garbage can different than playing a drum? Explore the science of music with us, through these online exhibits, movies, and questions. Along the way, you can compose, mix, dance, drum, experiment, and above all... listen.
2/07/05    National Weather Service
   The National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States. Television weathercasters and private meteorology companies prepare their forecasts using this information. The NWS is the sole United States official voice for issuing warnings during life-threatening weather situations.
2/08/05    Astronomy Picture of the Day
   Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2/09/05    National Do Not Call Registry
   This Federal Trade Commission site lets you add your name to a registry if you do not want to be called by telemarketers. If you are already registered and receive a call, you can also File A Complaint.
2/10/05    Interactive Health Tutorials
   The tutorials listed below are interactive health education resources from the Patient Education Institute. Using animated graphics each tutorial explains a procedure or condition in easy-to-read language. You can also listen to the tutorial. NOTE: These tutorials require a special Flash plug-in, version 4 or above. If you do not have Flash, you will be prompted to obtain a free download of the software before you start the tutorial.
2/11/05    Online Dictionary & Thesaurus
   English, Medical, Legal, and Computer Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and a Search Engine all in one.
2/12/05    LitLinks
   After reading a great story, poem, play, essay, or critical article, you may want to know more. The Internet provides all kinds of information to aid your research, this site shows you what kinds of information about a work, its author, or period you'll find on each site. LitLinks are organized alphabetically by author within five genres: fiction, essays, drama, poetry, and critical theory.
2/13/05    Yahoo Reference
   Whether you're a student, a parent, or just plain curious, Yahoo! Reference offers a handy selection of books and materials to help you find the information you need. Look up a definition in the dictionary, find map and flag images for every country in the world in the World Factbook, get in-depth information from the encyclopedia, and much more.
2/14/05    The History of Valentine's Day
   Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine's Day - and its patron saint - is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance as this History Channel site explains. Related site: How Valentine's Day Works
2/15/05    Do You Speak American?
   Companion web site to the PBS special. Why is the English spoken by Maine lobstermen so different from that spoken by cowboys in Texas? Does Spanish pose a threat to English as the dominant language in America? And what on earth do yins, wickety wack, ayuh, catty whompus, and stomping it clean mean? Robert MacNeil travels cross-country to answer these questions and examine the dynamic state of American English - a language rich with regional variety, strong global impact and cultural controversy.
2/16/05    Findory News: Personalized News
   Findory News is a newspaper built just for you. Other web news sites show the same news to everyone, but not everyone is the same. Findory News shows you articles that you want to see. It adapts to your reading habits and emphasizes news articles from around the world that are most likely to be interesting to you. Following the world events? Findory News will show you more articles about world events, even focusing on the particular parts of the world you seem to be interested in. Following the presidential elections? Findory News will favor articles on the presidential campaigns, even emphasizing the campaigns you've been reading about. By paying attention to the news you've read recently, Findory.com finds the news articles you don't want to miss.
2/17/05    Online Medical Symptom Checker
   Need information as you determine what to do about your symptoms? Get help figuring them out by answering a series of questions. This tool by WebMD provides general information and recommendations, and may not address specific individual circumstances. Do not rely on it exclusively to make decisions about your health. Always consult your doctor for personal medical advice.
2/18/05    Keep It Simple
   Cut the clutter on your PC and you can stop aggravations before they begin. This site by PC World magazine provides 50 tips that show you how to simplify Windows and your system from startup to shutdown.
2/19/05    Identity Theft Resource Center
   This site is a nonprofit, nationally respected program dedicated exclusively to identity theft It provides consumer and victim support and advises governmental agencies, legislators and companies about this evolving and growing crime. Identity theft is a crime in which an imposter obtains key pieces of information such as Social Security and driver's license numbers and uses it for their own personal gain. Site resources include: scam alerts, assistance on lost/stolen wallets, victim issues, victim impact studies and identity theft in the workplace.
2/20/05    The World's Famous Orations
   Two millennia of Western Civilization come into focus through these 281 masterpieces by 213 rhetoricians. Selected under the supervision of the greatest orator of his time, these brief persuasive addresses form both a window into history's turning points as well as a timeless collection for any reference shelf.
2/21/05    Study Guides and Strategies
   The Study Guides and Strategies web site is authored, maintained, and revised on an on-going basis by Joe Landsberger, web site developer at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. It contains a comprehensive compendium of resources and study guides for learners available in 25 languages.
 BONUS SITE:   Presidents' Day Fact Sheet 2005
      The forty-two American presidents (Grover Cleveland being counted only once) were an average of 55.6 years old when they took office. With the exception of James Buchanan, all were married during the course of their term, but Ronald was the only president to have been divorced. Reagan was also the oldest president; he was 69 at his inauguration. The youngest of the elected presidents, John F. Kennedy, was 43 at his inauguration. Overall, however, the youngest president was Theodore Roosevelt who was 42 at his inauguration following the assassination of President William McKinley. Related sites: Presidents of the United States | Presidents' Day Resources
2/22/05    Sperling's Best Places
   A resource of relocation, recreation, and retirement. "Seventeen years ago, we created the "Best Places to Live" study for Money magazine. Our reputation has grown, and now we do more of these "Best Places" studies than anyone else in the world. Our content is increasingly the favorite choice of leading real-estate, relocation, and job-search sites." And while Sperling does continue to market their information in book format, you can still use their online site for free to compare various cities across the U.S.
2/23/05    Wayback Machine
   Browse through 30 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. To start surfing the Wayback, type in the web address of a site or page where you would like to start, and press enter. Then select from the archived dates available. The resulting pages point to other archived pages at as close a date as possible. Keyword searching is not currently supported, but there are some researcher tools that perform similar functions.
2/24/05    Our Solar System
   This NASA site features news, pictures and articles on the 9 planets, many moons and one sun that make up our Solar System.
2/25/05    Recent US Earthquakes
   The USGS Earthquake Hazards Program provides earthquake information for current and past earthquakes, hazards and preparedness information, and education resources for teachers and students. Related site: Recent World Earthquakes.
2/26/05    The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Britain
   Welcome to BritainUSA.com's answers to over 200 of the most frequently asked questions about Britain. A FAQ section provides easy access to information: Questions are grouped by category, including quarantine, monarchy, facts and figures, working in Britain; Use the free-text search engine to locate the FAQ you need; and Search the Britain A - Z index by keyword.
2/27/05    BibleGateway
   This site is a free service for reading and researching Scripture online - all in the language or translation of your choice. Site provides advanced tools you can use to search the Bible by keywords or verse, as well as other tools to enhance your study of the Bible.
2/28/05    HomeSales.gov
   This site provides current information about single family homes for sale by the U.S. Federal Government. These previously owned homes are for sale by public auction or other method depending on the property. Anyone can buy a home for sale by the U.S. Government, but you must work with a real estate agent, broker or servicing representative to submit an offer or bid.
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