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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
National Geographic News
This is a daily news service produced by the popular magazine. Its focus is on the geographic aspects of world news, and it can for example on a particular day report on earthquake studies in Tokyo, large catfish in Thailand and the salvage of a ship on the Carolina coast that may just possibly be the last ship of the pirate Blackbeard.
High Cholesterol: Medicines To Help You
Cholesterol is a kind of fat in your blood. Your body makes its own cholesterol but you also get it from the foods you eat like meat, potato chips, cookies, and eggs. Some people have too much cholesterol in their blood. Cholesterol can build up on the inside of the blood vessels of your heart. This guide by the Food and Drug Administration, lists the different kinds of medicines to control cholesterol. Related site: Cholesterol Health Center.
FedStats: Demographic Statistics
FedStats provides easy access to statistics and information produced by more than 100 U.S. Federal Government agencies. This site provides data from U.S. Government statistics on various demographic indicators such as aging, agriculture, equal opportunity, population, etc.
This handbook was created by the Lemelson-MIT Program to address the independent inventor's and aspiring entrepreneur's most frequently asked questions regarding United States patents. We hope that this handbook will provide some helpful information on the patenting and commercialization processes. Related site: Inventor of the Week.
Census Bureau Home Page
As the nation's largest statistical agency, our website provides a vital national resource. These pages contain a wealth of statistical information about the nation's people and its economy - information that is used by the general public and researchers, as well as federal, state, and local governments, in making important decisions. Our website also provides information about the surveys we conduct and the information that is available.
Cities Around the World
Cities Around the World presents over 5,500 photographic images from the slide collections of the American Geographic Society Library at the University of Wisconsin. The images selected for this project focus on architecture, city life, people, transportation and other aspects of urban development, such as neighborhoods, commercial streets, and business districts.
Need to know where avian flu, salmonella or dengue fever been popping up? A quick view of HEALTHmap shows you where more than 50 diseases have been reported around the world, who is reporting and how 'hot' an outbreak is based on the number of reports. Drill down by content and city or narrow by disease and read what has been reported in the last 30 days. This site is by the Children's Hospital Informatics Program (Boston) and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology.
Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project
As a partner with filmmaker Ken Burns and PBS on The War, the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress, offers this special Web site to enhance the viewing experience of this epic yet intimate look at those who sacrificed so much to serve their country during World War II. Related sited: PBS: The War.
Founded in March of 2005, FlightAware is the first company to offer free flight tracking services for both private and commercial air traffic in the United States. Related sites: Aeroseek Flight Tracker | FlightView Flight Tracker.
America's Job Bank
America's Job Bank is the biggest and busiest job market in cyberspace. Job seekers can post their resume where thousands of employers search every day, search for job openings automatically, and find their dream job fast. Businesses can post job listings in the nation's largest online labor exchange, create customized job orders, and search resumes automatically to find the right people, right now.
Free Annual Reports
This site by Yahoo Finance provides free annual reports. You can search by alphabetical list, industry, or company name.
Annual Credit Report
This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
Consumer Price Index
The Consumer Price Indexes program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services. This site is by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Contacting the U.S. Congress
Contacting the Congress is a very up-to-date database of congressional contact information for Congress. As of February 21, 2007, there are 538 email addresses (of which 507 are Web-based email homepages), and 539 WWW homepages known for the 540 members of the 110th Congress. Traditional ground mail addresses are available for all current members of Congress.
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
Over 90,000 entries feature 10,000 new words and senses, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, 900 full-page color illustrations, language notes and word-root appendixes. Related sites: Dictionary.com | OnLook Dictionary.
FedStats is your one location for access to the full breadth of Federal statistical information with links to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, avaiation safety, energy use, farm production and more.
AAA: Daily Fuel Gauge Report
AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report is updated each day and is the most comprehensive retail gasoline survey available. Everyday up to 85,000 self-serve stations are surveyed.
Find directions for and explore towns and cities. Display addresses on a map, view nearby businesses, get driving directions and maps, and plan a trip with city information. Also includes aerial photographs of selected areas. Related sites: MSN Maps and Rand McNally.
Identity Theft Resource Center
Welcome to the Identity Theft Resource Center, 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. Resources available include: scam alerts, assistance on lost/stolen wallets, victim issues, medical identity theft victim support, victim impact studies and identity theft in the workplace. Related site: FTC Identity Theft Site.
How Dieting Works
Dieting is one of those things that is completely integrated into American culture. On any given day, a huge portion of the U.S. population is "on a diet" and "counting calories" in one way or another. And look at how many of the diet names in the following list you recognize: The Atkins Diet, The Cabbage Soup Diet, The Grapefruit Diet, The Hollywood Miracle Diet, The Rice Diet, The Scarsdale Diet, The South Beach Diet, The Zone Diet. You probably recognize many of these names because you hear them all the time. This How Stuff Works site looks first at weight gain and why gaining weight is so easy. Then look at what you can do about weight gain -- in the form of diet and exercise -- to maintain a consistent weight.
This C-SPAN series examines the lives and works of selected American writers and explores their influence on Americans today. On the companion web site, you'll find detailed biographical and historical background for each featured author. We learned about the journals of the Lewis and Clark expedition, experienced the world of Harriet Beecher Stowe while she was writing Uncle Tom's Cabin, and explored the Declaration of Independence and other documents written by founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Jump in and take an in-depth look at 45 American writers who helped shape a nation.
Essentials of Music
Whether you're a casual listener or a serious music student, here's the site for basic information about classical music. Created in cooperation with W.W. Norton & Company, it's built around Essential Classics, the series specially designed to introduce you to the best music of every period. All through the site you'll find almost 200 excerpts from Essential Classics. This W.W. Norton site offers overviews of the six main periods in music history, biographies of nearly 70 composers, and a glossary with 200 definitions with numerous musical examples in RealAudio.
CNN/Mayo Clinic Health Library
An extensive library of health information with topics ranging from Fitness and Nutrition to Exercise and Weight Control.
Search Military Records
Search over 20 million records. Enjoy all of the other benefits of membership. Gain access to the latest Military news, benefits updates, education and career opportunities. Free registration required.
Minimum Wage Laws in the U.S.
Each State has different rules for what employers pay workers. This site by by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Standards Administration Wage and Hour Division, provides current details as to the laws, or lack thereof, for minimum wages in each of the 50 States.
Librarians' Internet Index
This site is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 12,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries. This guide is used by both librarians and the general public as a reliable and efficient guide to Internet resources.
The Encyclopedia of World History
Renowned historian Peter N. Stearns and thirty prominent historians have combined their expertise over the past ten years to perfect this comprehensive chronology of more than 20,000 entries that span the millennia from prehistoric times to the year 2000.
Wired for Books
For many years, most of the best writers of the English language found their way to Don Swaim's CBS Radio studio in New York. The one-on-one interviews typically lasted 30 to 45 minutes and then had to be edited down to a two-minute radio show. Wired for Books is proud to make these important oral documents publicly available for the first time in their entirety. Listen to the voices of many of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
The Encyclopedia of Television
The Encyclopedia of Television includes more than 1,000 original essays from more than 250 contributors and examines specific programs and people, historic moments and trends, major policy disputes and such topics as violence, tabloid television and the quiz show scandal. It also includes histories of major television networks as well as broadcasting systems around the world and is complemented by resource materials, photos and bibliographical information.
This article, published by the Harvard School of Public Health, discusses the nutritional value and need for carbohydrates by the human body. We now know that the staple of most diets, carbohydrates, aren't all good or all bad. Some kinds promote health while others, when eaten often and in large quantities, may increase the risk for diabetes and coronary heart disease.
How Earthquakes Work
An earthquake is one of the most terrifying phenomena that nature can dish up. We generally think of the ground we stand on as "rock-solid" and completely stable. An earthquake can shatter that perception instantly, and often with extreme violence. There has been enormous progress in the past century: Scientists have identified the forces that cause earthquakes, and developed technology that can tell us an earthquake's magnitude and origin. The next hurdle is to find a way of predicting earthquakes, so they don't catch people by surprise. This edition of How Stuff Works examines what causes earthquakes and explores why they can have such a devastating effect on us.
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