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Be a 4Kids Detective

August 17, 1999

When you know the answers to these questions, go to http://www.4Kids.org/detectives/

1. What was Wolfgang's sister's name?

2. At the current rate, when might the rain forests disappear?

3. How should teens deal with sports injuries? (Go to http://

www.kidshealth.org to find out.)

HANG AROUND WITH WOLFGANG

If you want your day to end on a high note, try tickling the ivories with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (you know, the child genius who went on to become one of the world's greatest musical composers). Get out your powdered wig and follow Wolfgang back in time for a guided tour of his amazing life. Http://www.geocities. com/Vienna/Strasse/1025/mozartenter.html are the keys to tap out for a transport to Austria in the 1700s. Wolfgang himself will introduce you to his family and show you the piano he learned to play. At 4 years old, he composed his first piece and at 5, he gave a concert at Salzburg University. The best part is that you get to hear his music through lots of interactive sound files. You'll probably recognize some of the tunes, because they're used in many movies and commercials today. Hey, when you're the king of classical, your music sticks around for a long time. It's a well-orchestrated tour that will make you feel as if you really know the man behind the music. So let your mouse be the conductor's wand and play Mozart for a while.

EARTH WATCH

Gaze deep into the geography of our own planet at NASA's Earth Observatory, where you can monitor the Earth's regional and global changes. Step onto the observation deck at http://earth observatory.nasa.gov/ for a bird's-eye view of the causes and effects of environmental change, including floods, glaciers, Asian dust and spotted owls. Zoom in on oceans, land masses, heat and energy zones and the atmosphere with the site's impressive graphics and charts. Along the way, you'll learn how to build globe animations and view infrared imagery. At the Newsroom, you'll read about such timely topics as global warming, air pollution and volcanoes. Join NASA's scientists today.

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