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March 2005

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3/01/05    Earth Image of the Day
   Welcome to the Image Section of the MODIS Web, where you can view the very latest in MODIS imagery as well as search an image collection that has been growing ever since MODIS first started acquiring data in February of 2000. The MODIS Image of the Day section highlights a new MODIS image every day. After a week, Images of the Day become part of the Image Gallery, which is powered by NASA's Visible Earth image archive. The Image Gallery opens in a new browser window, where you can preview and search over 1500 archived MODIS images.
3/02/05    State Health Facts
   This Kaiser Family Foundation site provides more than 400 different health topics for all 50 states, accessible via an interactive map, by category or by keyword search. Data presented are a selection of key health and health policy issues collected from a variety of public and private sources, including: original Kaiser Family Foundation reports, data from public websites, and information purchased from private organizations. New material is added as it becomes available, and a scrolling ticker on the top page displays live links to the most recent stuff.
3/03/05    National Audubon Society
   Home page of the National Audubon Society. Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.
3/04/05    Simpson's Contemporary Quotations
   With over 9,000 quotations from 4,000 sources organized into 25 categories and 60 sections, this comprehensive reference work contains words of wit and wisdom from such modern notables as Ezra Pound, Henry Kissinger, George Orwell, Dorothy Parker, and Desmond Tutu. Related sites: Bartlett's Familiar Quotations / The Columbia World of Quotations / Respectfully Quoted /
3/05/05    How Blu-ray Discs Work
   Say goodbye to DVD as the top-of-the-line digital storage format: It pales in comparison to Blu-ray. New blue-laser discs feature an unbelievable capacity of 27 to 50 GB - that's about five times what you can fit on a DVD. Learn about the techniques that make Blu-ray the next big thing in digital video storage and check out its competition.
3/06/05    Sears Archives
   Once again, Sears has made history. For the first time, Sears has opened the doors to its vast archival collection and invited the public to peek inside. More than 100 years of stories, product and brand histories, photographs, catalog images are now available online.
3/07/05    Top 101 Web Sites for Fall 2004
   PC Magazine present its selections for the Top 101 Web Sites for Fall 2004.
3/08/05    Women's History Month: Resources
   This Librarians' Index to the Internet site provides a collection of resources related to women, including: sports, notable women, health, magazines, and more. Related site: Women's History Facts / U.S. Women's Rights Movement: Timeline.
3/09/05    Internet Public Library
   The Internet Public Library, is a public service organization and learning/teaching environment at the University of Michigan School of Information. The site provides library services to Internet users. Includes a reference center, a catalog of books and publications, subject-based collections, and resources for kids and teens.
3/10/05    How Firefox Works
   In 2004, 10,000 fans of an obscure, "alternative" Web browser donated their own cash to run an ad in the New York Times introducing their favorite browser to the world. What's so great about this piece of software? Learn all about the open-source browser that is slowly infringing on Microsoft's market share.
3/11/05    Graduation Watch
   What are the graduation rates at the colleges you're considering? This site allows you to find out how quickly students graduate before you apply.
3/12/05    National Center for Health Statistics
   Welcome to the National Center for Health Statistics' Web site, a rich source of information about America's health. As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, we compile statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of our people. We are a unique public resource for health information - a critical element of public health and health policy.
3/13/05    Ellis Island Passenger Arrivals
   More than 22 million passengers and members of ships' crews entered the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. Information about each person was written down in ships' passenger lists, known as "manifests." Manifests were used to examine immigrants upon arrival in the United States. Now you can search these millions of records for information on individual Ellis Island passengers.
3/14/05    AARP: FInding a Job
   This AARP Foundation program helps job seekers find jobs with companies that appreciate mature workers. Featured companies are looking for job applicants who are 50 and older.
3/15/05    LifeWorks
   This site is an interactive career exploration web site for middle and high school students. Users can browse for information on more than 100 medical science and health careers by title, education required, interest area, or median salary. Alternatively, the 'Career Finder' can be used to generate a customized list of careers especially suited for users' skills and interests. LifeWorks promotes awareness of the wide variety of occupations in health and medical sciences and the range of opportunities at different education levels.
3/16/05    Daily Fuel Gauge Report
   AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report is updated each business day and is the most comprehensive retail gasoline survey available. Everyday over 60,000 self-serve stations are surveyed. Related sites: GasBuddy / GasPriceWatch / State-by-state gas price averages / Gas price calculator.
3/17/05    The Date of Easter
   The site presents the dates of Easter from 1980 to 2024. Easter is an annual festival observed throughout the Christian world. The date for Easter shifts every year within the Gregorian Calendar. The Gregorian Calendar is the standard international calendar for civil use. In addition, it regulates the ceremonial cycle of the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches. The current Gregorian ecclesiastical rules that determine the date of Easter trace back to 325 CE at the First Council of Nicaea convened by the Roman Emperor Constantine. At that time the Roman world used the Julian Calendar (put in place by Julius Caesar).
3/18/05    The Water Cycle
   Site by the United States Geological Survey. Earth's water is always in movement, and the water cycle, also known as the hydrologic cycle, describes the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth. Since the water cycle is truly a "cycle," there is no beginning or end. Water can change states among liquid, vapor, and ice at various places in the water cycle, with these processes happening in the blink of an eye and over millions of years. Related site: U.S Geological Society Home Page.
3/19/05    Terrorism Knowledge Base
   This site is the one-stop resource for comprehensive research and analysis on global terrorist incidents, terrorism-related court cases, and terrorist groups and leaders. The Terrorism Knowledge Base illuminates the current status of terrorism today. It takes users through the history, affiliations, locations, and tactics of the terrorism entities operating across the world at this moment. The database features interactive maps, biographies on key terrorist personalities, dynamic graphs, and succinct summaries on who is who and what is what inside the shadowy world of terrorism today. Related site: External Links on Terrorism.
3/20/05    Gateway to Educational Materials
   The Gateway to Educational Materials is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites.
3/21/05    NOVA: Origins
   Journey back to the beginning of everything: the universe, the Earth, and life itself. Companion Web site to the PBS special: Origins. Bringing the latest findings on how life began, the history of the universe, and decoding the cosmic spectra, this series tries to untangle some galactic mysteries. Does Mars have life? Are we really alone? Where are the pillars of creation?
3/22/05    Estate Planning for Everyone
   This site by Nolo.com presents simple steps for creating an estate plan that will put your mind at ease. Related site: Advance Directive Forms
3/23/05    GRIN: Great Images in NASA
   GRIN is a collection of over a thousand images of significant historical interest scanned at high-resolution in several sizes. This collection is intended for the media, publishers, and the general public looking for high-quality photographs.
3/24/05    Secret History of the Credit Card
   The average American family today carries eight credit cards. Credit card debt and personal bankruptcies are now at an all time high. With no legal limit on the amount of interest or fees that can be charged, credit cards have become the most profitable sector of the American banking industry: more than $30 billion in profits last year alone. Frontline and The New York Times examine how the credit card industry became so pervasive, so lucrative, and so politically powerful.
3/25/05    Origins
   This Exploratorium site allows you to explore the extraordinary places, people, tools, and ideas behind the search for the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
 BONUS SITE:   Terri Schiavo Case: Legal Issues
      This site by FindLaw presents information on the legal issues surrounding power of attorney, heathcare directives, and living wills. Death and dying resources are also available. Related sites: Estate Planning for Everyone / End-of-life Choices: Feeding Tubes and Ventilators / Yahoo! Death and Dying Resources.
     Latest Developments on Terri Schiavo Case.
3/26/05    World Wide Panorama
   On Saturday, March 20, 2004, more than 180 photographers in 40 countries around the world celebrated the Equinox by creating VR panoramas. This site showcases the results of their efforts.
3/27/05    How Easter Works
   Easter is the Christian observance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his resurrection days later. It is the central festival of the Christian church and, after the Sabbath, it is the oldest Christian observance. This HowStuffWorks site explains the origin and significance of the Easter holiday and of many of the traditions associated with it. Have you ever wondered why Easter falls on a different date each year? This is also covered.
3/28/05    The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
   The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government is a first of its kind ranking of employee satisfaction in federal agencies sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service and the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation at American University.
3/29/05    Wave That Shook the World
   Companion site to the PBS show of the same name that airs on March 29, 2005. Experts reconstruct the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in an effort to prepare for the next big one.
3/30/05    National Sleep Foundation
   March 28 - April 3, 2005 is National Sleep Awareness Week. This site by the National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving public health and safety by achieving understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, and by supporting education, sleep-related research, and advocacy. Site provides sleep-related information and resources. Related site: National Center on Sleep Disorders Research
      Poll: Most American Adults Sleep Poorly.
3/31/05    How Much is That?
   Have you ever wondered what the value of a dollar was in 1895? Or what the GDP was in 1929? Here is a place where you can ask questions of comparative value covering purchasing power, exchange rates, and other variables between the past and today. Related site: Time Capsule.
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