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U.S. Postal Service: A Consumer's Guide to Mailing
This guide will explain your options for mailing and help you choose the services that are best for you. It includes tips on addressing and packaging your mail and adding extra services. You'll also find useful information about changing your address, putting a vacation hold on your mail, and convenient places to buy stamps.
Explore the extraordinary places, people, tools, and ideas behind the search for the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
This Old House site calculates the amount of materials you'll need for your home repair project. Measure twice, cut once. Whether you're cutting or painting, installing carpeting or flooring, or laying tile, use these calculators to check how much you will need of the materials you will be installing.
Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
The Central Intelligence Agency publishes and updates the online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments weekly. The directory is intended to be used primarily as a reference aid and includes as many governments of the world as is considered practical, some of them not officially recognized by the United States.
STATS monitors the media to expose the abuse of science and statistics before people are misled and public policy is distorted. Since 1994, STATS has sought to hold U.S. journalists to the highest standards of reporting accuracy, while providing them with concrete assistance to help them better understand the complexities and limitations of scientific and statistical
How Time Works
Time is something that most of us take for granted. Have you ever thought about why, for example, there are 12 months in a year? Why are there 30 days in September? Why are there time zones and what's with daylight-saving time? Why are there 86,400 seconds in a day? This How Stuff Works article clarifies the subject of time.
Foreign Consular Offices in the United States
This publication contains a complete and official listing of the foreign consular offices in the United States, and recognized consular officers. Compiled by the U.S. Department of State, with the full cooperation of the foreign missions in Washington, it is offered as a convenience to organizations and persons who must deal with consular government agencies, state tax officials, international trade organizations, chambers of commerce, and judicial authorities who have a continuing need for handy access to this type of information.
Galaxy Evolution Explorer
The Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) is an orbiting space telescope that will observe galaxies in ultraviolet light across 10 billion years of cosmic history. Such observations will tell scientists how galaxies, the basic structures of our Universe, evolve and change. Additionally, GALEX will probe the causes of star formation during a period when most of the stars and elements we see today had their origins.
How Spyware Works
Has your computer ever become so slow that you can fix yourself a snack in the time it takes your word processor to open? Spyware may be to blame. According to recent estimates, more than two-thirds of all personal computers are infected with some kind of spyware [ref]. But before you chuck your computer out the window and move to a desert island, you might want to read on. This HowStuffWorks article explains how spyware gets on your computer, what it does there and how to get rid of it.
Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-loss Program
Choosing a weight-loss program may be a difficult task. You may not know what to look for in a weight-loss program or what questions to ask. This fact sheet can help you make an informed decision about joining a program.
BONUS SITE: 2005 Urban Mobility Study
The mobility provided by the nation's transportation system is the subject of discussion everyday. The 2005 Urban Mobility Report, released in May 2005, provides data on the performance of some elements of the transportation system in 85 urban areas. Note: You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the report on the Web.
NASA: Return to Flight
Welcome to NASA's Return to Flight page. Follow the latest news as we prepare to return the Space Shuttle fleet safely to flight.
The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth hosts the best and most complete online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth. Beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s, astronauts have taken photographs of the Earth. This NASA database tracks the locations, supporting data, and digital images for these photographs. Related site: Cities Collection
Kodak: Taking Great Pictures
Whether you want a little information about taking and shooting pictures, or a lot, it's all here! Look up a quick photo tip, follow the steps for e-mailing a picture, or explore black-and-white photography. Related site: Kodak Picture of the Day.
The Great Buildings Collection
This gateway to architecture around the world and across history documents a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects, with 3D models, photographic images and architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more, for famous designers and structures of all kinds.
Online Image Resouces
Image resources from LibrarySpot. Links include: images, clip art, pictures, news photo galleries and much more.
NOAA: Hurricane Preparedness Week
History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. The goal of this Hurricane Awareness Web site is to inform the public about the hurricane hazards and provide knowledge which can be used to take action. This information can be used to save lives at work, home, while on the road, or on the water. Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 15 - May 21, 2005. Related sites: How Hurricanes Work / Costliest U.S. Hurricanes 1900-2000.
Containing nearly 51,000 entries (marshalling six and one-half million words on a vast range of topics), and with more than 80,000 hypertext cross-references, the current Sixth Edition is among the most complete and up-to-date encyclopedias ever produced. (Updated through November 2004.)
FBI: Most Wanted
Each year millions of Americans are victimized by the scams and schemes perpetrated by white collar crime predators. Corporate fraud, health care fraud, telemarketing fraud, and bank fraud are just a few of the criminals' weapons of choice. Billions of dollars are estimated to be lost annually as a result of these fraudulent activities which are carried out by individuals, companies, or groups of individuals. You can help protect American citizens from these criminals who often target the elderly. Related site: Monthly Fugitives.
10 X 10: 100 Words and Pictures that Define the Time
This news site is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. The result is an often moving, sometimes shocking, occasionally frivolous, but always fitting snapshot of our world. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time. Over the course of days, months, and years, 10x10 leaves a trail of these hourly statements which, stitched together side by side, form a continuous patchwork tapestry of human life.
Best of History Web Sites
This site is a portal created for history teachers, students, and general history enthusiasts. Site contains annotated links to over 1000 history web sites andl links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.
Digital Camera Reviews
At this website you'll find all the latest in digital photography and imaging news, reviews of the latest digital cameras and accessories, the most active discussion forums, a large selection of sample images, a digital camera buyers guide, side-by-side comparisons and the most comprehensive database of digital camera features and specifications.
Launch: Music on Yahoo!
With this new media resource from Yahoo, you can listen to radio stations, watch videos and keep current with the music industry. Related site: Live365 Internet Radio
World Atlas of Maps, Flags, and Geography Facts
This site includes a world atlas of facts, flags and maps including every continent, country, dependency, exotic destination, island, major city, ocean, province, state & territory on the planet.
Fact Sheet: Landslides and Mudslides
Fact sheet about landslides from the Centers for Disease Control. Landslides occur when masses of rock, earth, or debris move down a slope. Debris flows, also known as mudslides, are a common type of fast-moving landslide that tends to flow in channels.
PBS: Mark Twain
Companion to the Public Broadcasting Service Ken Burns documentary about author Mark Twain. This interactive scrapbook tells Twain's life story through a collection of texts, photos, illustrations, and clippings from his day. To begin exploring, click one of the chapters to the right.
Disasters and Emergency Preparedness
From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, this site provides links to overviews of family and citizen emergency preparedness, coping information, law and policy, and pages for specific emergency situations such as giving birth in emergency situations and emergency management for children and seniors.
Free Public Records Directory
Welcome to the largest directory of links to free public record databases on the Internet. Find business information, corporate filings, property records, unclaimed property, professional licenses, offenders, inmates, criminal and civil court filings, and much more.
Robert's Rules of Order
In 1876 General Henry M. Robert set out to bring the rules of the American Congress to members of ordinary societies with the publication of Pocket Manual of Rules of Order. It sold half a million copies before this revision of 1915 and made Robert's name synonymous with the orderly rule of reason in deliberative societies.
Merck Veterinary Manual
The single most comprehensive electronic reference for animal care information. Includes over 12,000 indexed topics and over 1200 illustrations. Rapidly search by topic, species, specialty, disease, and keyword using advanced search.
Flags of the World
This site is devoted to vexillology (the study of flags). Here you can read more than 26,000 pages about flags and view more than 48,000 images of flags.
Hurricane and Windstorm Deductibles
This Insurance Information Institute site provides current information on: recent developments, state-by-state hurricane deductibles, explanation of terms and charts with hurricane statistics, including the ten most costly hurricanes in U.S. history.
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