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"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves,
or we know where we can find information upon it."
- Samuel Johnson
DATE SITE OF THE DAY
Exploratorium: the museum of science, art and human perception
Online since 1993, the Exploratorium was one of the first science museums to build a site on the World Wide Web. Our site now contains over 18 thousand award-winning Web pages exploring hundreds of different topics.
Frontline: Inside the Meltdown
"Investigating how the economy went so bad so fast and what Bernanke and Paulson didn't see, couldn't stop and weren't able to fix. Web site companion to Frontline special produced by PBS."
Answers.com is your free "one-stop shop" with instant information on over 4 million topics. We deliver useful answers in a snap. Look up any word or phrase for the best definition or explanation on the Web. Not lists of links... just the information you're looking for.
The Official U.S. Time
This public service is cooperatively provided by the two time agencies of the United States: a Department of Commerce agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and its military counterpart, the U. S. Naval Observatory. Readings from the clocks of these agencies contribute to world time, called Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The time maintained by both agencies should never differ by more than 0.000 0001 seconds from UTC.
NASA Deep Space Network
The NASA Deep Space Network is an international network of antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions and radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe. The network also supports selected Earth-orbiting missions.
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.
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 4500 archived MODIS images.
Daylight Saving Time Begins
At 2:00 a.m. on March 8, 2009, most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time (DST). DST ends at 2:00 a.m. on November 1, 2009. In August 2005, Congress passed an energy bill that extended DST by about a month. As of 2007, DST starts the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November.
Presidential Tax Returns
Individual income tax returns - including those of public figures - are private information, protected by law from unauthorized disclosure. Indeed, the Internal Revenue Service is barred from releasing any taxpayer information whatsoever, except to authorized agencies and individuals. Like all other citizens, U.S. presidents enjoy this protection of their privacy. Since the early 1970s, however, most presidents have chosen to release their returns publicly. In the hope of making this information more widely available, the Tax History Project at Tax Analysts has compiled an archive of presidential tax returns.
The Columbia Guide to Standard American English
A vigorous assessment of how our language is best written and spoken and how we can use it most effectively, this guide is the ideal handbook of language etiquette: friendly, sensible, reliable, and fun to read. Its 6,500 entries contain thousands of examples, both descriptive and prescriptive, and feature 4,300 hyperlinked cross-references.
CIA: The World Factbook
The U.S. government's complete geographical handbook, featuring 267 full-color maps and flags of all nations. Each country profile tracks such demographics as population, ethnicity and literacy rates, as well as political, geographical and economic data. Country information has been updated as of 5 March 2009. Economic data now includes 2008 estimates where available.
Body Mass Index Calculator
Knowing your BMI is important, because the number indicates whether or not your weight is a threat to your health. The higher the BMI, the more health risks that you incur.
Library of Congress: Portals to the World
Portals to the World contains selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories.
National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives and Records Administration is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family's history, need to prove a veteran's military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.
How Stuff Works
This site presents a series of articles that explore the workings of electronics, computers, autos, finances, health, and scientific and social phenomena.
Site contains over 17,000 federal, state, and local governmental links.
Social Security Benefit Calculator
Use any of the calculators on this Social Security site to estimate your potential benefit amounts using different retirement dates and levels of future earnings. The calculators will show your retirement benefits as well as disability and survivor benefit amounts if you should become disabled or die.
National Geographic: Visions of Earth
Each month, National Geographic magazine features breathtaking photographs in Visions of Earth. Browse through visions of the world as seen through a photographer's eye.
The State of the News Media
"The State of the News Media 2009 is the sixth edition of our annual report on the health and status of American journalism. Our goals are to take stock of the revolution occurring in how Americans get information and provide a resource for citizens, journalists and researchers to make their own assessments. This report is the work of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, a nonpolitical, nonpartisan research institute."
The National Library of Medicine's authoritative and current database of health information for consumers and health professionals. Coverage includes conditions and diseases, drug information, dictionaries, physician and healthcare directories, and links to other medical resources.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.
U.S. ZIP Code Lookup
Look up postal abbreviations, search for ZIP codes, and browse other information about the U.S. Postal Service.
National Atlas of the United States
You've seen other atlases. They're typically big books of paper maps. The pages in this atlas are here on the Internet whenever you need them. This is a new portrayal of America in maps. We use new technologies, but we honor traditions of accuracy, reliability, and innovation. You've found the single best Federal source for national maps and geographic information on the Web. The people and places of the United States are here.
The White House Is Open For Questions
President Barack Obama is planning an online town hall-style meeting on the White House's Web site March 26, 2009. The White House says the president will answer questions about the economy and other topics. Visitors to this Web site can determine what questions the president will answer.
ScienceDaily is one of the Internet's leading online magazines and Web portals devoted to science, technology, and medicine. The free, advertising-supported service brings you breaking news about the latest discoveries and hottest research projects in everything from astrophysics to zoology.
Public education site from the Space Telescope Science Institute, featuring a showcase gallery of images, the latest news, technical facts and figures, and more. Related site: Official Site: Hubble Space Telescope.
Find and browse downloads for Windows. Use the downloads browser to find the hottest downloads for Windows Live, Windows Mobile, Windows Media Center, and more.
BBC: Science and Nature
The best of BBC Science and Nature, from TV and radio, to the web and beyond. Take a tour from the smallest atoms, to the largest whales and the most ferocious dinosaurs. Travel from the bottom of the ocean to the furthest stars.
THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
This service of the Library of Congress, features information on current legislation, the Congressional Record, links to Committee reports, and more.
Protect Yourself from the Conficker Computer Worm
The Conficker worm is a computer worm that can infect your computer and spread itself to other computers across a network automatically, without human interaction. Most antivirus software could detect and block the Conficker worm, so if you have updated antivirus software on your computer, you are at a much lower risk of being infected by the Conficker worm. Information from Microsoft Security for Home Computer Users.
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