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APRIL 2006

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4/1/06   Brainteasers, Puzzles, and Riddles
   Scientists get to solve puzzles every day, because science and research involve finding solutions from the clues that we are given. Just like with brainteasers (or brain teasers) and riddles, the answers to science mysteries are not always easy to see at first. With time and effort, they eventually become clear. Family-friendly site by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
4/2/06   Daylight Saving Time
   Daylight Saving Time begins for most of the United States at 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of April. Time reverts to standard time at 2:00 a.m. on the last Sunday of October. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time. At this site, you will learn the history of daylight saving, from Benjamin Franklin to the present.
4/3/06   Replacing Your Vital Documents
   Collection of links for help in replacing documents lost or damaged as a result of a natural disaster, such as bank records, driver's licenses and vehicle registration, immigration documents, passports, medical records, savings bonds, damaged currency, Social Security cards, tax returns, and birth, marriage, and death certificates.
4/4/06   IRS: Frequently Asked Questions
   Welcome to the Internal Revenue Service's general questions and answers section. Each year we update the answers to reflect the latest changes in tax regulations. These questions and answers came from taxpayers like you. Related site: IRS Home Page.
4/5/06   IRS: Free Online Filing
   Whoever said there is no such thing as a free lunch may have been right. But for millions of eligible taxpayers, with an Adjusted Gross Income of $50,000 or less, there is Free File. Free File is online tax preparation and electronic filing through a partnership agreement between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, LLC. In other words, you can e-file... free. Related site: IRS Home Page.
4/6/06   First Names
   This site by Answers.com provides an extensive listing of first names and their origins. Related site: Concise Dictionary of First Names / Most Popular Names By Country.
4/7/06   Guide to Alternative Minimum Tax
   Your starting point for learning about the alternative minimum tax, also known as the AMT. The alternative minimum tax is a large and complicated subject. We won't even try to cover all the rules here. Our goal is to help you identify the important issues so you won't make a costly mistake in dealing with this tax.
4/8/06   Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body
   The Bartleby.com edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings - many in color - from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn.
4/9/06   Science of Music
   What is music? Is birdsong music? How about the tap-tap-tap of a hammer, or the wail of a creaking door? Is playing a garbage can different than playing a drum? Explore the science of music with us, through these online exhibits, movies, and questions. Along the way, you can compose, mix, dance, drum, experiment, and above all ... listen. Site by The Exploratorium.
4/10/06   Urban Legends Reference Page
   This site is devoted to the study of contemporary lore, and a vital, ever-changing one at that because the rumors we as a society encounter and the stories we tell are always evolving. Yet for all its size and the monumental respect accorded it by journalists and folklorists the world over, the Urban Legends Reference Pages (or snopes.com, as it is better known) is, surprisingly enough, the work of just two people who began this repository of their writings as a labor of love in 1995 and who have been adding to it ever since.
4/11/06   Fortune: Best Companies to Work For
   This site presents the annual ranking by Fortune magazine of companies that rate high with employees. Features include: top 100 employers, best employers in your state, best benefits, top-paying companies and more.
4/12/06   911 Calls from September 11, 2001
   New York City released partial recordings of more than nine hours of 911 calls that began pouring in on the sunny and deadly morning of Sept. 11, 2001, as emergency operators struggled to comprehend the chaos unfolding at the burning World Trade Center.
4/13/06   The Mozart Project
   The Mozart Project presents the life, times, and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
4/14/06   Epicurious
   Epicurious is divided into eight main sections: Recipes, Features, Cooking, Drinking, Restaurants, Shop, Bon Appetit, and Gourmet. Click on any of those names in the top navigation bar and you will come to an Index page, which shows you what is in each section. Once you are in a specific section, a second set of links appears just below the top navigation bar, allowing you to quickly access the stories in that section.
4/15/06   MedlinePlus
   MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
4/16/06   Library of Congress: Today in History
   Today in History mines the American Memory historical collections to discover what happened in American history today and every day.
4/17/06   GetHuman Cheats
   Instructions for bypassing automated phone systems to get to a human as quickly as you can. Major companies listed.
4/18/06   Coping with Chronic Illness
   Resources for Coping with Chronic Illness from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
4/19/06   Deadly Maps
   The complete collection of maps from Carnegie's, Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Threats. Click on each map to view a larger image. Windows users should hold the cursor over the image and click on the icon appearing in the lower right-hand corner to expand the map to its full size. The first five maps reflect the worldwide proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and their missile delivery systems. The country maps show the major nuclear installations, both civilian and military, in each country.
4/20/06   Top U.S. Cities for Renters List 2005
   The Renter Livability and Satisfaction table is based on the results of analyzing data collected from users of ApartmentRatings.com regarding renter satisfaction and average rent along with data regarding local economic conditions from secondary sources. The index uses the most up-to-date information available from government research agencies for income and rental vacancy. The most current data were available for 2003 and 2004 respectively.
4/21/06   Simpson's Contemporary Quotations
   With over 9,000 quotations from 4,000 sources organized into 25 categories and 60 sections, this comprehensive reference work contains words of wit and wisdom from such modern notables as Ezra Pound, Henry Kissinger, George Orwell, Dorothy Parker, and Desmond Tutu.
4/22/06   How Cell Phones Work
   Millions of people in the United States and around the world use cellular phones. They are such great gadgets -- with a cell phone, you can talk to anyone on the planet from just about anywhere! This HowStuffWorks article explores the technology behind cell phones so that you can see how amazing they really are.
4/23/06   Google Calendar
   Using Google Calendar, you can add events and invitations effortlessly, share with friends and family (or keep things to yourself), and search across the web for events you might enjoy. It's organizing made easy.
4/24/06   The Elegant Universe
   Many scenes in NOVA's miniseries "The Elegant Universe" draw directly upon the book by physicist Brian Greene on which the series is based. With its lively descriptions, analogies, and illustrations, Greene's book gave NOVA producers Joe McMaster and Julia Cort a concrete road map for telling the story of string theory, an extremely abstract and counterintuitive subject, to a general audience.
4/25/06   FedNet: Broadcast Coverage of the U.S. Congress
   FedNet is the leading provider of Washington based, real-time and archival multimedia information. Headquartered on Capitol Hill, FedNet provides clients the ability to capture, webcast, archive, search, retrieve and bundle events and information related to the client's special interests. FedNet provides news production services and real-time, live webcasts of: - Congressional Hearings; - Floor Debates; - White House briefings; - Regulatory hearings; - Press conferences.
4/26/06   Interactive Health Tutorials
   The tutorials listed on this U. S. National Library of Medicine site are interactive health education resources from the Patient Education Institute. Using animated graphics each tutorial explains a procedure or condition in easy-to-read language. You can also listen to the tutorial.
4/27/06   Psychological Help Center
   This American Psychological Association Help Center is your online resource for brochures, tips and articles on the psychological issues that affect your physical and emotional well-being, as well as information about referrals.
4/28/06   Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared
   Hurricane Katrina turned FEMA into a 'symbol of a bumbling bureaucracy' so far beyond repair that it should be scrapped, senators said April 26, 2006. They called for creation of a new disaster relief agency as the next storm season looms on the horizon. Read the full report at this Senate Committee on Homeland Security site. NOTE: To view this report you will need the PDF Reader.
4/29/06   Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web
   Links to statistics and information from more than 70 agencies in the U.S. Federal Government.
4/30/06   Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
   Acting under the directive of the leadership of the 104th Congress to make Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public, a Library of Congress team brought the THOMAS World Wide Web system online in January 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. Site ncludes the Congressional Record text and index, bills and voting records, current session schedules, and committee information.

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