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- Samuel Johnson


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1/01/01    Google Help Center
   In addition to providing easy access to more than 8 billion web pages, Google has many special features to help you to find exactly what you're looking for. Click the title of a specific feature to learn more about it.
1/02/06    SchoolMatters
   This Standard and Poor's site offers comparison tools, benchmarks, and performance indicators designed to help policymakers and others better understand what is happening in our school systems, and how much we are spending related to student achievement. The site provides data and analysis on schools and districts nationwide.
1/03/06    American Rhetoric
   This site is a valuable resource for finding some of the most famous - and infamous - speeches ever made.
1/04/06    Internet Usage: World Stats
   An International website featuring up to date 2005 worldwide Internet Usage, the Population Statistics and the Area Data, for over 233 countries and world regions. Related site: Internet Traffic Report.
1/05/06    Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia
   This site presents a multimedia database with abstracts of key constitutional cases, digital audio of oral arguments, and more.
BONUS SITE:   Oldest Baby Boomers Turn 60!
      In 2006, the oldest of the baby boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964, will turn 60 years old. Among the Americans celebrating their 60th will be our two most recent presidents, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Other well-known celebrities reaching this milestone include Cher, Donald Trump, Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton. To commemorate this occasion, the Census Bureau has compiled a collection of facts relating to, perhaps, our most celebrated generation.
1/06/06    Alzheimer's Association
   Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia (a brain disorder that seriously affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities) among older people. It involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.
1/07/06    Picturing Women
   Explore the patterns and contexts that have affirmed women through history up to present day. This unique site explores historical, contemporary and self-representations of women.
   This site provides instant reference answers rather than lists of search engine links.
   Searches the government's vast stores of scientific and technical information across 30 databases and more than 1,700 science websites and currently accesses over 47 million pages of government science information.
1/10/06    David Rumsey Map Collection
   The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 11,000 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. Collection categories include antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, childrens and manuscript maps. The collection can be used to study history, genealogy and family history.
BONUS SITE:   Top 125 Questions Facing Scientists Today
      A special 125th Anniversary edition of Science magazine explores the top 125 questions facing scientists today.
1/11/06    Guinness World Records
   Guinness World Records is the global authority on record-breaking achievement. It is a household name and global leader in world records. This site collects, confirms, accredits and presents world record data. Topics include arts, entertainment, business, money, fame, transport, technolocy, science, events, sports, and more.
1/12/06    AskOxford
   Search the Compact Oxford English Dictionary online; get answers to questions on English, language, grammar, spelling, quotations, and usage; find out about OUP dictionaries; improve your writing skills; try our word games, crosswords, and puzzles; win books in our prize draw; learn French, German, Spanish, Russian, Greek, Japanese, and Italian.
1/13/06    Photo Contest: National Wildlife Magazine
   This site presents the winners of 35th annual photography competition sponsored by the National Wildlife Magazine.
1/14/06    Orchid Hunter: Great Amateurs in Science
   Like the amateur orchid expert Tom Hart Dyke in "Orchid Hunter," they have no formal training. They are often ignored by those who do. In some cases they don't live to see the scientific recognition they so richly deserve. Who are they? They are the nonprofessional scientists who every now and then make their professional counterparts green with envy for the enormous contributions they make to their discipline. Here, in no particular order, meet ten amateur scientists who secured such an enviable place in the history of science.
1/15/06    Science Daily
   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.
1/16/06    Martin Luther King Day
   On January 16, 2006, United States citizens will celebrate a national holiday commemorating the life and achievements of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This InfoPlease site presents a biography, timeline, quotes and other resources on Dr. King. Related sites: The King Center / The Stanford MLK Research and Education Institute.
1/17/06    How Nuclear Power Works
   Have you ever wondered how a nuclear power plant works or how safe nuclear power is? In this article, we will examine how a nuclear reactor and a power plant work. This HowStuffWorks site explains nuclear fission and gives you a view inside a nuclear reactor.
BONUS SITE:   Volunteering In The United States, 2005
      About 65.4 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2004 and September 2005, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. The proportion of the population who volunteered was 28.8 percent, the same as in each of the prior 2 years.
  • 2006: 100 Best Companies to Work For
       Annual ranking for 2006 by Fortune magazine of the top 100 companies that rate high with employees.
    BONUS SITE:   2003 College Graduates in the U.S. Workforce: A Profile
          The total number of college graduates in the United States rose to 40,621,000 in 2003, an increase of 40 percent in the decade between 1993 and 2003. A slightly greater percentage (12 percent) of all college graduates held science and engineering jobs than did their counterparts in 1993 (11 percent). The number of college graduates who have completed degrees in more than one broad field has also increased to 5.57 million in 2003, up from 3.37 million in 1993.
  • 1/19/06    25 Most Interesting Web Cams of 2005
       Selected from hundreds of nominees by a panel of EarthCam producers, these are the most unique and compelling webcams of 2005.
    1/20/06    Google Earth
       Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.
    1/21/06    The National Mental Health Association
       The National Mental Health Association is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.
    1/22/06    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.
       Next time you go on vacation, take your doctor with you - virtually. is a new Internet network of medical-practice Web sites that connects patients with their physicians online. Nearly 400,000 practicing physicians in the USA can receive non-urgent messages, such as requests for prescription renewals or quick questions, at by fax. The free service requires no registration or setup for either the doctor or the patient. Each practice's personalized Internet Message Center is already up and running.
    1/24/06    How Social Security Works?
       Social Security is in the news every day, with politicians and economists alike running the gamut from "crisis" to "hiccup." Most of us are paying in -- will Social Security be paying out? Learn about the wide-reaching Social Security system and about the various propositions on the table for ensuring future stability.
    BONUS SITE:   The best and worst states for taxes
          We all pay Uncle Sam the same no matter where we live, but property, gasoline, tobacco and sales taxes are all over the map.
       This site by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides information on the safety of most all cars. This includes crash and rollover test safety info as well as recall notifications for a particular problem with a car. It also provides tools and instructions if you need to submit a complaint about a possible safety defect for a particular automobile. The site also includes tips and information on safe driving practices as well as instructions on keeping your equipment safe on the road.
    1/26/06    What Don't We Know?
       In a special collection of articles published beginning 1 July 2005, Science Magazine and its online companion sites celebrate the journal's 125th anniversary with a look forward -- at the most compelling puzzles and questions facing scientists today. A special, free news feature in Science explores 125 big questions that face scientific inquiry over the next quarter-century; accompanying the feature are several online extras including a reader's forum on the big questions.
    1/27/06    Wi-Fi Free Spot Directory
       The Wi-Fi-FreeSpot Directory is a listing of Wi-Fi enabled locations that offer Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access. USA State-by-State listings come first with other regions of the World listed further down the page. Whether you're a local resident or a business or vacation traveler just passing by, The Wi-Fi-FreeSpot Directory will help you find all types of Free Wi-Fi locations. You'll find cafes, restaurants, coffeeshops, libraries, downtown business districts, malls, stores, laundramats, auto repair shops, RV parks, airports, Hotels, vacation rental properties, etc. that are open to guests, customers and/or the general public.
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