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HomeworkCentral.com is a research site designed for any user from kindergarten through adult. The kid-safe site was conceived with an eye toward creating a “one-stop” study site where the editors provide students of all ages with a definitive and comprehensive guide to the wealth of knowledge available online. Here are the top sites this week:

Kentucky Coal Heritage

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The Kentucky Coal Council has created these pages as “a dynamic, growing portrait of one of America’s most essential industries.” There are superb images and interesting facts on the surface here, and rich veins of specialized knowledge to be mined by going deeper into the Web site.

A Kentucky Timeline serves as a historical way-finder and remains accessible throughout.

The Internet is heating up a heritage movement, as this Web site illuminates. The Postcards are very detailed and accurate snapshots from long ago. The Coal Towns pages take us back to very specific places in specific ways. And the words echo, too, from those who were there:

“George W. Fugate: Well I was hand loading coal, shooting from solid. First you drill a hole, after you finally get through the sulfur balls. And then you carded your powder and you had a long spindle that you tamped home and then you put a little squib and that would go in and blast. Then after that, you would go across and put in about two more shots and shoot down a good deal of coal, load that up then repeat the same thing.”

Comet Impact Simulations

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Take a look here at what would happen if the energy of the impact of a comet hitting Earth were equivalent to 300 Gigatons of TNT. These visual simulations required a calculation consisting of 54 million zones running for 48 hours on 1500 processors of the Intel Teraflop computer. The simulation pictures can be studied on the main page, where the text describes the events step-by-step. Five movies are available for download from the source of these pages, the Sandia National Laboratories.

The guess is that a comet of the proportions depicted here hits the Earth about every 300,000 million years. The hosts of this site predict that: “Hopefully, in the near future, simulations such as this will help determine the risk that present day species, including humans, face from asteroid and comet impacts.”

Range Science

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New Internet techonologies are used here to cultivate understanding of amost ancient technology: agriculture. There are three topics in this Kansas State University material. Elevated Carbon Dioxide Research is an interactive, detailed explanation of the research at the university. Kansas Prairie Wildflowers includes a beautiful gallery of color photos.

The third section, Kansas Rangelands, has a Kansas map showing 13 varieties of rangeland, each of which is illustrated from an interactive legend. The prairie tall grasses of Kansas include: grama, bluestem, wheatgrass, buffalograss, sandreed, Indiangrass, saltgrass and all can be learned about here, as knowledge spreads across the Internet like wildfire.

Driver Education Safety

http://www.homeworkcentral.com/Top8/highschool1.htp?sectionid=20896

This showcase can be found in the Homework Central Automotive Section in Technology, and will soon be featured in a new Teens Spotlight. The Internet makes it possible both to learn crucial motor vehical operation fundamentals and to gain a broad understanding of highway, traffic, and driving issues, by reviewing training manuals from a variety of sources and studying crucial aspects of safety from sources devoted to making the roads less hazardous. For the young members of the new global generation, here is a global view of how to be expert and how to be safe, going down the road.




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