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Astronomer: Encyclopedia of Life is born

Many of the world's leading scientific institutions announced the May 9 launch of the Encyclopedia of Life, an unprecedented global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on Earth. For the first time in the history of the planet, scientists, students, and citizens will have multi-media access to all known living species, even those that have just been discovered.

"The Encyclopedia of Life will provide valuable biodiversity and conservation information to anyone, anywhere, at any time," said Dr. James Edwards, currently Executive Secretary of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

Midomi: search for songs by singing

Midomi is a cool music search tool. If you have a microphone hooked up to your computer, you can sing or hum part of a tune in order to find a song. Your recordings become part of the database.

Midomi is also a community of music fans, for any music genre. You can rate other users' recordings, too.

Astronomy Day 2007

Saturday, April 21 is Astronomy Day. Across the U.S. and in other countries special programs and activities will emphasize humanity's place among the stars.

Greater Clevelanders are fortunate to have one of the most interesting affairs of the day; that's thanks to a cooperative effort between a local science center, an area astronomy club, and NASA.

Celebrate Astronomy Day and learn more about the wonders of the universe from 10 AM to 11 PM during the annual "Star Gazing" extravaganza at NASA Glenn's Visitor Center. If the sky is clear an after-dark "star party" will feature views of celestial objects through telescopes set up at NASA Glenn by their astronomy club owners.

"Star Gazing" is presented in partnership with the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's Walter R. Schuele Planetarium, the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Solar System Ambassadors.

Admission is free. Access to the center is limited to U.S. citizens and adult visitors must present a government-issued photo identification to enter. Vehicles and bags are subject to inspection.

For more information about the NASA Glenn event, including times for talks and programs, visit: http://glennevents.grc.nasa.gov

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will also have special programming and exhibits observing Astronomy Day. Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. See their site for program and admission details.

Mail warning: sign out!

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Don't let strangers read your mail!

Yahoo! Mail users are now offered the option to "Keep me signed in for 2 weeks unless I sign out." This can be a real problem for users of public PCs like those we offer at this library.

Unless you sign out of Yahoo! Mail, the next person to visit Yahoo! sitting at the same PC you used will find your account completely open!

Aging-Related Info on the Web: Ageline

Consumer Searches To Go is an information service of AARP. The site features categories of information with the general consumer in mind.

Categories include:
• Health
• Money
• Long-Term Care
• Retirement
And more.

For more specialized information on aging-related topics, try Ageline Search, which is geared more toward professionals than the general user.

Comparison: search engines, directories

Search engines come in many flavors, and offer different features. Which one is the best for you? The answer depends on your search.

This comparison chart showcases the different search functions of several search engines, definitions of terminology, and provides reviews.

Sometimes a great place to start a search is in a subject directory.

Need help with a Web search? AskScott.com

From the Website: "AskScott.com helps you find the most appropriate Internet reference tool for your search."

The site features search tools and databases for several categories of information, including:

  • Family Issues
  • News or stocks
  • Research Assistance
  • Government Information
  • International Information

Two books for winter reading

Foreign Correspondent
by Alan Furst, 2006

Carlo Weisz is an Italian journalist seeking refuge in Paris with other intellectuals fleeing Mussolini's fascist government. While working as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, he becomes the editor of an underground newspaper that hopes to keep the flames of resistance alive in both countries. His efforts not only place his own life in danger, but that of the German socialite and lover he is trying to save from the Nazis. This latest espionage novel by the author of Dark Voyage and Red Gold is once again filled with atmosphere, intrigue, and romance.

Daylight Saving Time another Y2K?

There is a significant change this year in the beginning and ending times for Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the U.S. This may also affect your computer! While not expected to be as big a problem as the turn of the century "Y2K Bug," computer users may be perplexed or inconvenienced by the DST issue.

The U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005, passed by the U.S. Congress, extended DST in the U.S. by approximately four weeks. As a result, beginning in this year, DST will start three weeks earlier --on March 11, 2007-- and end one week later --on November 4, 2007-- resulting in a new DST period that is four weeks longer than previously observed.

What's Now? 10x10

Once in a while we happen across a Web site that offers a new perspective on our world. Ten by Ten is one of those sites.

The creators of 10x10 explain their creation better than I can, "10x10â„¢ ('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. The result is an often moving, sometimes shocking, occasionally frivolous, but always fitting snapshot of our world. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time. Over the course of days, months, and years, 10x10 leaves a trail of these hourly statements which, stitched together side by side, form a continuous patchwork tapestry of human life."

Visit 10x10 now.