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November 2005

11/01/05    Avian Flu Factsheet
   This Center for Disease Control and Prevention webpage provides background information about avian influenza, including recent outbreaks, the viruses, and the risk to human health. Related site: Bird-flu Journey.
 BONUS SITE:   Computer and Internet usage
      Percentage of U.S. households that had a computer and Internet access in October 2003.
11/02/05    Digest of Education Statistics, 2004
   In the fall of 2004, about 71.7 million persons were enrolled in American schools and colleges. About 4.3 million persons were employed as elementary and secondary school teachers and as college faculty. Other professional, administrative, and support staff at educational institutions numbered 5.0 million. Thus, about 81.0 million people were involved, directly or indirectly, in providing or receiving formal education. All data for 2004 in this Introduction are projected. Some data for other years are projected or estimated as noted.
 BONUS SITE:   Flu Shot Finder
      This site by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America helps you locate by zip code where you can get a flu shot.
11/03/05    Tufts University: Child & Family WebGuide
   The WebGuide helps parents find a variety of research and practical information on the child and family. Includes child development research, articles, tips, guides, and more on a host of issues.
11/04/05    Exercise Library
   From basic to advanced workouts, proper form is essential. Choose from each exercise category to create your own workout depending on the amount of time you have and the equipment available to you.
11/05/05    Microsoft AntiSpyware
   Microsoft AntiSpyware offers a capable spyware scan and removal engine that has proven superior to popular freeware offerings like Ad-Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy. Microsoft AntiSpyware goes even further, letting you purge Internet caches, recently used file lists, and cookie files to better ensure your privacy.
11/06/05    Human Body and Mind
   Fascinating BBC site explores the human body and mind. Features include: Interactive Body, Psychological Tests and Human Instinct.
11/07/05    CIA: The World Factbook 2005
   Country information has been updated as of April 21, 2005. Along with the new entities and the regular information updates, The World Factbook now also features six new fields. In the 'People' category, a major infectious diseases field has been added for countries deemed to pose a higher degree of risk for travelers. In the 'Economy' category, entries have been added for current account balance, investment (gross fixed), public debt, and reserves of foreign exchange and gold. The 'Transnational' issues category has a new refugees and internally displaced persons entry.
11/08/05    Global Gateway: World Culture and Resources
   Global Gateway is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture. The site offers more than 80 thousand digital items. In addition, it is a portal to international research centers, collections, and other resources available at the Library of Congress and through its Web site.
11/09/05    Bankruptcy Resource Center presents this site with information on bankruptcy. Now that the new bankruptcy law is in effect, the landscape has changed for those who are considering bankruptcy. All debtors will have to get credit counseling before they can file a bankruptcy case -- and additional counseling on budgeting and debt management before their debts can be wiped out. Some filers with higher incomes won't be allowed to use Chapter 7, but will instead have to repay at least some of their debt under Chapter 13. Related sites: The New Bankruptcy Law and You / Bankruptch & Debt.
   The official U.S. government Web site for information on pandemic flu and avian influenza. is intended to provide comprehensive government-wide information on pandemic influenza and avian influenza. In the event of a pandemic, this will be the authoritative site for U.S. government information on the pandemic. This Web site is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Risk Communication and Public Engagement Strategy for Pandemic Influenza.
11/11/05    Official Veterans Day Web Site
   Armistice Day officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans. In 1968, new legislation changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent, however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date. Related sites: InfoPlease: Veterans Day / Library of Congress: Veterans History Project / Most Commonly Asked Veterans Day Questions.
11/12/05    News Archives
   This site provides links to United States news archives available on the Web.
11/13/05    EarthCam
   This site provides links to live cameras worldwide. Related site: WebCam Central.
11/14/05    Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
   The companion site for a PBS special airing November 14-15, 2005. Las Vegas history involves risk takers of every kind: frontiersmen, gamblers, mobsters, nuclear scientists, soldiers and airmen, movie stars, businessmen, and thousands of Americans looking to better their lives.
11/15/05    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.
11/16/05    What Is Phishing (Or, How to Fight Phishing at the User-Interface Level)
   Phishing (also known as carding or spoofing) derives its name from the use of sophisticated lures (such as emails designed to look like they come from a real company or institution) that are created by unsavory characters to "fish" for users' financial information, credit card details, and passwords. A phishing attack succeeds when a user is tricked into forming an inaccurate mental model of an online interaction and thus takes actions that have effects contrary to the user's intentions. Because inferring a user's intentions can be difficult, building an automated system to protect users from phishing attacks is a challenging problem.
11/17/05    National Library of Medicine
   This site by the National Institutes of Health provides access to MedlinePlus. Use MedlinePlus to find topics on conditions, diseases and wellness. hospitals and physicians. and drug information. Also available is current health news and online health exhibitions.
11/18/05    Hindenburg (LZ-129)
   At 803.8 feet in length and 135.1 feet in diameter, the German passenger airship Hindenburg (LZ-129) was the largest aircraft ever to fly. The commercial flights of Hindenburg, along with Graf Zeppelin, pioneered the first transatlantic air service. She carried hundreds of passengers and traveled thousands of miles before being destroyed in a tragic fire on May 6, 1937 at NAS Lakehurst. This site takes you for a trip through Hindenburg's history.
11/19/05    Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry
   This site is a selection of more than 400 items from the Emile Berliner Papers and 108 Berliner sound recordings from the Library of Congress's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Berliner, an immigrant and a largely self-educated man, was responsible for the development of the microphone and the flat recording disc and gramophone player.
11/20/05    Fact Monster: Online Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Homework Help
   Fact Monster is the largest free reference site just for kids! Get homework help and find facts on thousands of subjects, including sports, entertainment, geography, history, biography, education and health.
11/21/05    Body Mass Index Calculator
   BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is a number that shows body weight adjusted for height. BMI can be calculated with simple math using inches and pounds, or meters and kilograms. For adults aged 20 years or older, BMI falls into one of these categories: underweight, normal, overweight, or obese. BMI is not the only indicator of health risk. BMI is just one of many factors related to developing a chronic disease (such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes). Other factors that may be important to look at when assessing your risk for chronic disease include: diet, physical activity, waist circumference, blood pressure, blood sugar level, cholesterol level, and family history of disease.
11/22/05    Cost-of-Living Wizard
   Considering a new city?'s cost-of-living calculator will compare living-cost indexes and salary differentials to help you make an informed comparison. Learn how your disposable income will be affected by a relocation between any combination of 300-plus U.S. cities. The Cost-of-Living Wizard also reports the salary adjustment needed to maintain your standard of living, and what salary increase or decrease is likely given local market factors. Related site: Salary Value Index.
BONUS SITE:   The United States Welcomes Highest Number of Travelers in History
      U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert C. Bonner recently announced that the number of travelers cleared into the U.S. by air reached the highest number in history.
11/23/05    Virtual Hospital
   Virtual Hospital is a digital health sciences library created in 1992 at the University of Iowa to help meet the information needs of health care providers and patients. The goal of the Virtual Hospital digital library is to make the Internet a useful medical reference and health promotion tool for health care providers and patients. The Virtual Hospital digital library contains thousands of textbooks and booklets for health care providers and patients.
11/24/05    How Thanksgiving Works
   Thanksgiving stands out in the holiday season because it is open to just about everybody. It isn't tied to any specific religion, and you can pretty much celebrate it however you want. The only essential traditions are to enjoy a meal with friends or family and to give thanks for what you have. In the world of holidays, Thanksgiving is about as simple and pure as it gets. The holiday also honors American history, of course. In countless Thanksgiving plays, American children have told the story of the first Thanksgiving when the Pilgrims and the Native Americans celebrated the autumn harvest in cooperation and acceptance. Have you ever wondered where the particulars of this story and the other details of Thanksgiving actually come from? In this article, we'll look at the origins of the many things we associate with this day.
11/25/05    Google Sightseeing
   This site features the best tourist spots in the world via Google Maps' satellite imagery.
11/26/05    Cybertimes Navigator
   For more than 10 years, the Newsroom Navigator has been used by New York Times reporters and editors as the starting point for their forays onto the Web. Its primary intent is to give the news staff a solid starting point for a wide range of journalistic functions without forcing all of them to spend time wandering around to find a useful set of links of their own. The list is by its nature highly selective and constantly changing. Note: free registration required.
11/27/05    NASA World Wind
   World Wind lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Leveraging Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data, World Wind lets you experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D, just as if you were really there. Virtually visit any place in the world. Look across the Andes, into the Grand Canyon, over the Alps, or along the African Sahara.
11/28/05    Social Security Online
   This is the official Website of the U. S. Social Security Administration.
11/29/05    Your Access to Free Credit Reports
   Beginning September 1, 2005, free reports will be accessible to all Americans, regardless of where they live. A recent amendment to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. The FCRA promotes the accuracy and privacy of information in the files of the nationís consumer reporting companies. The Federal Trade Commission, the nationís consumer protection agency, enforces the FCRA with respect to consumer reporting companies.
11/30/05    TerraFly
   TerraFly changes the way you view your world. Simply enter an address, and this site will put you at the controls of a bird's view aerial imagery to explore your digital earth. Site offers a helpful Frequently Asked Questons page. Related sites: GlobeXplorer / Google Maps / Space Imaging / TerraServer. More >>

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