Be a 4Kids Dtective

May 17, 2000

Visit these Web sites to find the answers, then go to www.4Kids.org/detectives/

* What's the scientific name for Monarch butterflies?

* To which era of music does Frederick Chopin belong?

* What's the value of the beads in the upper deck of an abacus?

BUG OUT

The whole world is bugging out. There are millions of busy, crawling, munching creatures all over the planet, so you may as well get in on the invasion. Buzz over to www.insecta-inspecta.com and join the cyber-colony of insect maniacs. See one of the biggest termite hills in the world, go underground with an army ant and inspect yourself for arachnophobia. Be sure to gaze upon the famous insects of the art world, and then run for cover from the killer bees.

A CLASSICAL ACT

The world of classical music is fascinating and fun, and the Essentials of Music Web site will introduce you to the best classical music from the Middles Ages to the 20th century. Bring your headphones to www.essentialsofmusic.com/. The site is filled with historical info, great graphics and tons of sound files. You'll find biographies for more than 70 composers, including such legends as Antonio Vivaldi, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Duke Ellington.

BEAD IT!

Before the calculator came along, many folks counted with a tool called the abacus -- a mechanical aid used for math. Now you can find out more about this fascinating instrument at The Abacus Web site. Get ready for some number crunching at www.ee.ryerson.ca/~elf/abacus/. You'll learn all about how to manipulate the wooden beads, which slide freely and allow users to keep track of their calculations. Also, explore the instrument's evolution with cool graphics of the abacus from ancient Chinese, Japanese and Aztec cultures.

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