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June 2004

6/01/04      U.S. Governors
   This site by the National Governors Association presents general biographical and term information about each state/commonwealth/territory's governor.
6/02/04 Reference Resources combines the best of both contemporary and classic reference works into the most comprehensive public reference library ever published on the web.
6/03/04      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.
6/04/04      The American Heritage Book of English Usage
   With a detailed look at grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms, this valuable reference work is ideal for students, writers, academicians and anybody concerned about proper writing style.
6/05/04      Carbohydrates
   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.
6/06/04      Normandy
   A great invasion force stood off the Normandy coast of France as dawn broke on 6 June 1944: 9 battleships, 23 cruisers, 104 destroyers, and 71 large landing craft of various descriptions as well as troop transports, mine sweepers, and merchantmen—in all, nearly 5,000 ships of every type, the largest armada ever assembled. The naval bombardment that began at 0550 that morning detonated large minefields along the shoreline and destroyed a number of the enemy's defensive positions. To one correspondent, reporting from the deck of the cruiser HMS Hillary, it sounded like "the rhythmic beating of a gigantic drum" all along the coast. In the hours following the bombardment, more than 100,000 fighting men swept ashore to begin one of the epic assaults of history, a "mighty endeavor," as President Franklin D. Roosevelt described it to the American people, "to preserve … our civilization and to set free a suffering humanity."
6/07/04      The Life of Birds
   This is the companion Website for the PBS program on birds hosted by Sir David Attenborough. "The Life of Birds" took three years to make at a cost of $15 million. Sir David Attenborough travelled 256,000 miles during filming - 10 times round the Earth. The production employed 48 cameramen and camerawomen, many of them battle-hardened veterans of overseas wildlife filming, working in 42 countries on five continents. They used up 200 miles of film on 300 bird subjects.
6/08/04      Venus Transit 2004: Sun-Earth Day
   On June 8, 2004, astronomers in many parts of the world will watch as Venus moves across the disk of the Sun, one of the rarest planetary alignments. Only six Venus transits have occurred since the invention of the telescope in the 1600s. No one alive has viewed this rarest of all eclipses: the Transit of Venus. The Transit is when Venus moves directly between the Earth and the Sun. Only six such events have occurred since the invention of the telescope; the most recent in 1882.
6/09/04      A Primer on Gasoline Prices
   This Primer has been created by the Energy Information Administration with the U.S. Department of Energy. Gasoline, one of the main products refined from crude oil, accounts for just about 16 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. The primary use for gasoline is in automobiles and light trucks. Gasoline also fuels boats, recreational vehicles, and various farm and other equipment. While gasoline is produced year-round, extra volumes are made in time for the summer driving season. The cost to produce and deliver gasoline to consumers includes the cost of crude oil to refiners, refinery processing costs, marketing and distribution costs, and finally the retail station costs and taxes. The prices paid by consumers at the pump reflect these costs, as well as the profits (and sometimes losses) of refiners, marketers, distributors, and retail station owners.
6/10/04      Top Microsoft Downloads
   This Microsoft site offers the top 50 most popular downloads from their download center.
6/11/04      American Experience: Reagan
   Companion site to a Public Broadcasting Service American Experience special, this is a four-and-a-half hour documentary that examines Ronald Reagan's life through the testimony of family, friends, historians, biographers, and other witnesses to Reagan's private life and public career. Features include: interviews, text of Reagan's speeches, video clips, book excerpts, photos, a timeline, and more.
6/12/04      Sun-Earth Viewer
   Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope images of the Sun from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory satellite.
6/13/04      World eBook Library
   Housed in World eBook Library Multi-Terabyte server network is the world's largest digital archive of PDF eBooks and eDocuments. Our collection hosts more than 60,000 PDF eBooks and eDocuments. As a member you will have complete access to the entire collection. Our collection is constantly growing. Our projection is to reach 100,000 by fall of 2004. Note: some materials on the site require a fee.
6/14/04      Death Star
   Companion site to a Public Broadcasting Service NOVA program that probes the deep mysteries of gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful celestial explosions since the big bang. Features articles from astrophysicists, an interactive tour of the electromagnetic spectrum, and information about other extraterrestrial wonders such as pulsars and quasars, antimatter and dark matter, and brown dwarfs and white dwarfs.
6/15/04      Internet Library for Librarians
   Internet Library for Librarians has been a popular information resource site for librarians since 1994. It is an information portal designed for librarians to locate Internet resources related to their profession. Internet Library for Librarians provides links to more than 3,000 resources. All the resources are recommended, selected, and reviewed by librarians. Each entry has a full description of the goals and /or scope of the resource, as well as the contact information if provided. Internet Library for Librarians is a handy and useful tool for both novices and experienced library staff.
6/16/04      The History of Social Security
   This site contains one of the largest and most extensive collections of history-related materials in the federal government. We present here both the institutional history of the Social Security Administration and the history of the Social Security program itself.
6/17/04      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.
6/18/04      Earth As Art: A Landsat Perspective
   This exhibition showcases Landsat 7 images, from the collection of Landsat photographs held in the Geography and Map Division, which have been selected for aesthetic rather than scientific value. These images are actual pictures of the Earth, created by printing visible and infrared data in colors visible to the human eye. Band combinations and colors were chosen to optimize their dramatic appearance.
6/19/04      Maps Resources
   This site by the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection presents an extensive selection of maps on the Internet including: General Map Sites, Cartographic Reference, City Map Sites, Historical Map Sites, Outline Map Sites and Weather Map Sites.
6/20/04      National Weather Service
   The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community.
6/21/04      Lightning Safety
   In the United States, there are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year. Lightning can be fascinating to watch, but it is also extremely dangerous. During the past 30 years, lightning killed an average of 67 people per year in the United States based on documented cases. This is more than the average of 65 deaths per year caused by tornadoes and the average of 16 deaths per year caused by hurricanes.
6/22/04      Forbes: The Celebrity 100 (2004)
   Forbes presents its annual ranking of the most powerful celebrities in the world.
6/23/04      Anti-Phishing Working Group
   Phishing attacks involve the mass distribution of 'spoofed' e-mail messages with return addresses, links, and branding which appear to come from banks, insurance agencies, retailers or credit card companies. These fraudulent messages are designed to fool the recipients into divulging personal authentication data such as account usernames and passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc. Because these emails look “official”, up to 20% of recipients may respond to them, resulting in financial losses, identity theft, and other fraudulent activity.
6/24/04      Children Home Alone And Babysitter Age Guidelines
   States do not have regulations or laws about when a child is considered old enough to care for him/herself or to care for other children. States may have guidelines or recommendations. These guidelines are most often distributed through child protective services and are administered at the county level.
6/25/04      AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
   Tips and info to keep your driving skills sharp. Includes video clips covering some of the trickiest situations drivers might encounter.
6/26/04      The Online Books Page
   The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to over 20,000 books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.
6/27/04      Today in History
   Today in History is a Library of Congress presentation of historic facts highlighted by items from the American Memory collections.
6/28/04      Medical Abbreviations Dictionary
   MediLexicon has the world's largest online database of pharmaceutical and medical abbreviations - over 110,000 and growing. This database is updated daily to include new acronyms and abbreviations and their meanings. Resources are free to use, allowing people to instantly look up meanings for acronyms and abbreviations from the fields of medicine, pharmacy, biotechnology, agrochemicals, healthcare and more.
6/29/04      Government Guide
   This service by AOL provides a searchable, browsable guide to online federal, state and local government services. Input your zip code to determine your state and local government resources including your elected officials.
6/30/04      Dead or Alive?
   Ever wanted to know if a famous person was dead or alive? This website lists over 6800 famous (and semi-famous) people from various walks of life - entertainment, politics, sports, music, law and others.

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