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Still Tasty?: How many times have you peered into the refrigerator, freezer, or pantry and wondered if a particular food item is "still good"? Making that determination isn't always easy, but StillTasty can help. The site features answers to questions like, "I left pizza out overnight-is it still safe to eat?" and, "Does olive oil last longer if you store it in the fridge?" It also lists the shelf life of hundreds of foods and offers helpful hints on how to safely defrost food and interpret expiration labels.

Check the Latest "Trek": Fans of the Star Trek series and anyone looking for a fun family film will appreciate the cool effects and options on this site, which highlights the upcoming movie, Star Trek. In anticipation of the May release, visitors can check out the photo gallery and character dossiers, watch trailers and clips, download images and widgets, and register to receive news of special events. Beam me up!

Beyond Arbor Day: If you were inspired to plant a tree on Arbor Day, you'll want to visit this site to "branch out" and learn more about them. Watch the helpful videos to get tree planting tips and gather advice on tree selection and care. Be sure to check out the tree identification guide to determine the identity of any mysterious trees in your neighborhood.

Fare Aware: Many people are cutting back on expenses during these challenging economic times. But cutting back doesn't have to mean cutting out. Reducing travel costs, for example, can be easy with sites like this one. Simply enter your travel request and the site finds all the great deals available. If you're less particular about your destination, check out the Top 50 Fares or Fare of the Day.

Smooth Move: Spring is a popular time for moving ... and for moving scams. The stress of moving is multiplied many times when scam victims end up paying thousands of dollars more than expected, or wait for weeks for their belongings to be delivered. This site provides information on how to protect yourself from such scams and offers checklists, advice on what to do if you do get stuck, and your rights and responsibilities. You'll find listings for additional resources in your state, and a search function that allows you to view complaints about specific movers.

Credit Care: Help With My Credit provides information to assist and educate consumers struggling with debt. Their website features helpful, easy-to-understand advice for those having trouble keeping up with payments. Topics include managing credit wisely, credit card basics, credit card features, understanding your credit score, reading your statement, and credit counseling. If you don't find what you need, check out the additional resources and links.

LOC Online: Love to learn? Then you will love this site. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world with millions of books and other media in its collections. The online collection contained in this site is also vast. Highlights include learning games and activities, a "wise guide" that shows you what's available, a performing arts encyclopedia, "places in the news," and webcasts featuring musicians, poets, and more.

CenterWatch: Do you or someone you care about have a serious medical condition? Have you wondered if there's a way to keep up with the research about treatments for it? This site may provide the answers. It offers news, directories, analysis, and proprietary market research on clinical research for a variety of conditions. You will find a database of clinical trials, a subscription service for notifications, a list of recently approved drugs, and a collection of additional resources.

Rachael Ray Recipes: Rachael Ray, popular TV host and cookbook author, is known for her warmth, energy, and boundless curiosity. Ray is also famous for her 30-minute meals and you can find lots of quick and easy recipes on her site. Now that the weather is getting nicer, check out the Spring Fever section for recipes that let you spend less time at the stove and more time outside playing.

Late Is Great: Procrastinators, this is the travel site for you! Find incredible deals when you make last minute -- or even last second -- travel plans. The site includes flight, hotel, car, and vacation deals for a variety of destinations, as well as terrific tips for what to do when you get there. You can search by occasion, budget, or your preferred type of vacation activity. Use the "going out" section to plan your days when you arrive, or the "gift ideas" section to give the gift of travel.

To Refi or Not To Refi?: With the current economic crisis, you may be wondering what, if anything, you should be doing differently with your finances. Should you sell stocks? Put off retirement? Pay down debt? If refinancing your mortgage is a move you're considering, use the "Should You Refinance Your Mortgage Calculator" on this site. By entering basic information, you'll find out your new monthly payment, monthly savings, difference in interest, total cost, and months to recoup costs.

Sweet Treats: February is the month we celebrate love with kisses, hugs, gifts … and delightful desserts. This site features recipes for cookies, pies, and other sweet treats to treat your sweetheart. There are heart-shaped cakes, raspberry-laden glazes, festive fruit, and, of course, plenty of chocolate.

Trip Advisor: Recommendations from friends always help when traveling. But what if your friends haven't been where you're going? This website offers millions of reviews from travelers who have visited a wide selection of destinations worldwide. Get information on hotels, attractions, and restaurants; get suggestions for your next trip; or look for bargain travel ideas.

Coming Soon: Winter is the perfect time for indoor entertainment, and many movies (both big screen and DVD) will be released in the coming weeks to provide it. This site lists release dates chronologically, or you can search for the film you've been dying to see by title, actor, or genre. Click on film titles to get summaries, cast and director information, and other details. The site also allows you to download movies to view on your computer, TV, or portable player.

Jam the Scam: This site educates visitors about fake check scams that require you to wire money to the scammer after depositing a bad check into your bank account. The site's main message: You are responsible for the missing funds! Take the Fraud Tests to find out if you are susceptible to being a victim of these scams, watch the Fake Out and victim videos to learn more, and review the prevention information to find out how to avoid these costly mistakes.

Shoo the Flu!: The cold weather season is also flu season, but the more you know about the flu, the less likely you are to catch it. This site includes detailed information about flu symptoms, care, and prevention. Find out who should (and should not) get a flu vaccine, when they are available, and what potential side effects could occur. Learn the signs that indicate a medical emergency and check out special messages for parents, health professionals, and other groups.

Cheap Eats: Need a cookbook that caters to your checkbook? Check out this information-packed site, which features dozens of budget-friendly recipes so easy and healthy, you will "forget take-out." It's all here and it's searchable by type of cuisine, occasion, main ingredient, etc. Find recipe makeovers -- healthy versions of classic favorites like meatloaf, mac & cheese, burgers, and even ice cream -- and look for the special sections on cooking for two, cooking for kids, quick meals, entertaining, and travel.

Bond Is Back: Quantum of Solace, the latest James Bond movie, hits theaters in November. To get ready, visit the slick 007 website where you can watch the trailer, get news from the set, download wallpaper and icons, read about the cast, and more. Be sure to check out the video games based on the movie, and watch the Jack White and Alicia Keys music video, "Another Way to Die."

Swap 'til You Drop: This site offers a free, easy way to swap books, CDs, DVDs, and video games that you no longer want for those that you do want. Save money and have fun by listing items you have and items you want. The site takes it from there, alerting you to trades that match your lists. Then just mail your media and sit back and wait for your new stuff to arrive.

Education 101: Do you have a high school student in the process of selecting a college? Or are you interested in continuing your own education? Education Portal is a great place to start when researching career paths, degree programs, and schools. The site has links to a wide variety of options including free online courses in business, technology, science, and more. You can also watch instructional videos on job interviewing and résumés.

Are Your Bank Accounts Safe?: Troubling news from the financial sector has many Americans concerned about the safety of their bank deposits. This site was recently developed to help people check whether or not their accounts are fully insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). It features EDIE the Estimator, which can calculate your FDIC insurance coverage for each FDIC-insured bank where you have deposit accounts. It also offers step-by-step tutorials illustrating strategies for families, a couple, and a business owner.

"Good for You" Recipes: Spark your imagination for dinner tonight with a visit to this SparkPeople site. It offers more than 97,000 healthy and delicious recipes from appetizers to desserts, all submitted from its community of members. Search by course, ethnicity, occasion, or dietary needs to find just the right one - like Shrimp & Corn Chowder or No Bake Graham Cracker Cheesycake. Want to analyze your recipes? Use the recipe calculator to calculate the nutritional information.

Browse the Best Beaches: Are you dreaming of a beach vacation? Let the experts at the Travel Channel guide you to the best beaches in the world. They've grouped them by type of vacation (family or romance) as well as season of the year and region. So put on your flip flops and stroll through this long stretch of beaches that are guaranteed to provide fun in the sun.

How to Winterize Your Home: Before you know it, those winter winds will be blowing. Is your home ready? What needs to be done to prepare? This site provides a review of important tasks including furnace and fireplace inspections, adding insulation, and cleaning gutters. Get to work now and you can look forward to a more comfortable home with reduced energy costs.

Hear the Buzz on Concerts: BeeThere makes it possible to track your favorite artists and their tour dates in 800 cities in the U.S. and Canada using your iTunes collection as a starting point. The site searches club websites, member postings, and the open Web to get current information on upcoming music events. Create your own watch list and be notified in time to buy concert tickets.

Urban Dictionary: A book of phrases, calls itself the "dictionary you wrote." Users submit words and definitions and can "vote on the best entries."

Internet Slang Dictionary: A dictionary and translator that helps parents stay hip. The site's translator interprets geek speak and common Internet acronyms.

Online Slang Dictionary: Lists slang from around the world. Browse by letter or using a thesaurus with categories ranging from "anatomy" to "police and crime." Visitors submit the words.

Laptop Screening At Airports: This site highlights the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) new "checkpoint friendly" laptop bag procedures. The updated process enables you to keep your laptop in its bag during screening if a clear x-ray image of the laptop can be obtained. Manufacturers have stepped up to the challenge of designing appropriate bags, and the site features photos of both "OK" and "not OK" styles. Visit the site to learn more about the do's and don'ts of streamlined screening.

Recipe Repository: What's for dinner? Or breakfast? Or your next holiday party? The answers are just clicks away on this recipe-packed site. Search by nutritional benefits, cooking method, prep time, or star ingredient. And check out the bonus features like Daily Recipe, Tools and Quizzes, and Free Newsletters for even more food and cooking information.

Sport-ese: The Olympics are over and fall sports are in full swing. Are you on top of your game when it comes to knowledge of sports clichés and jargon? If not, you'll want to visit this site, which lists those phrases you tend to hear again and again in a variety of sports situations -- teams on the rise, a lost game, in the locker room, etc. You can even look up phrases you've heard in a non-sports context, or take the site's quiz to determine your sports cliché savvy.

Cyber Safety: The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is an organization that works to make the online world safer for children and their families. The website includes information about FOSI's activities, events, and projects, as well as resources for parents, children, web developers, teachers, and policy makers. Useful tools for parents include The Parents' Child Protection Guide, Children's Bill of Rights, and a Family Online Safety Contract that can be printed for parents and kids to sign.

Got a Gas Guzzler?: Tired of spending a small fortune each time you fill up? Thinking about trading in your van or SUV for a more fuel-efficient vehicle? This site features a handy calculator that shows how long it will take before you pay off the balance of a vehicle purchase, how much per month you could expect to save on gas, and how soon you'll really breakeven and start saving money.

Is It Just Me?: This entirely self-descriptive website allows you to find out if you're unable to access other websites because of a malfunction in your system or theirs. Type in any URL and get instant feedback as to whether or not the site is actually "down." If so, there's nothing to do but wait it out. If not, it might be time to call your favorite computer geek.

Survey What They Play: If you want to make sure your kids are playing appropriate video games, get to know this invaluable online resource. The site is loaded with information about thousands of video games, including reviews from experts and comments from readers. Find out which games are most popular and which ones are new. You can search for suitable games based on brand, genre, age, and rating, or even post your own comments.

Drive In For Big Fun: Quick! Before summer ends, check out a drive-in movie! Use this website, "dedicated to the history, preservation and promotion of outdoor theatres," to help you find a drive-in (BIG screen) movie theater in your area. View photos and find contact information for drive-ins in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Don't forget to stop by the "Reminiscing at the Drive-in" page to read letters from those with fond drive-in memories.

School Support: This back-to-school season, consider providing help to a struggling school. Pick a local classroom, or have the site pick one for you, and donate funds that can be used for supplies, educational games, and other materials. If you are a teacher, you can use the site to register your classroom for assistance. Or start a program in your school or community. With teachers spending an average of $1,200 per year of their own money for classroom materials, they can use all the help they can get.

Find Funds Fast: A search on this site could prove to be the rainbow that leads to your pot of gold. features a database of records showing unclaimed assets required to be turned over to states. Examples of assets that might be waiting for you include stocks, bonds, mutual funds, bank accounts, safe deposit box contents, uncashed checks, insurance policies, utility deposits, and unclaimed tax, retirement, or mortgage insurance refunds. The interface is easy to use and returns results within seconds.

Momentary Awe: Travel Photography: Catalin Marin's travel photography site features stunning photographs from her travels around the world. The site attracts fellow travelers who want to find out more about the places listed on the site before they visit.

The Road Best Traveled: This summer consider making a car trip that's more about the road itself rather than the final destination. Selected roads throughout the U.S. have been designated America's Byways based on natural, historic, or cultural qualities. No two are the same, yet all reflect something uniquely American. The National Scenic Byways Program website provides maps and directions, ideas on stops to make, photos, visitor information, and links to related travel sites.

Wonderful World of Watermelon: Nothing goes over better at a picnic than a big, juicy slice of watermelon. Not only is watermelon delicious, it's also versatile, nutritious, and relatively inexpensive. The National Watermelon Promotion Board website offers great recipes, tips on decorations, games and activities for kids, and suggestions on how to make watermelon part of a healthy diet.

Fight Bac!: Keeping bacteria from spoiling your next picnic or cookout is easier than you might think. The mission of the Partnership for Food Safety Education is to educate the public about safe food handling, and they recommend following four simple steps: clean, separate, cook, and chill. Their website offers details on these bacteria prevention methods, as well as facts on the causes, symptoms, and challenges of foodborne illness.

Phoenix Mars Mission: NASA's Phoenix spacecraft landed on Mars in late May and is busy collecting data to help determine if Mars could support life, what the history of water is at the landing site, and how the Martian climate is affected by polar dynamics. Follow the progress of the fascinating Phoenix Mars Mission at this site. Read the latest news, view photos and videos of the spacecraft and its surroundings on Mars, and download materials to learn more about the science, technology, and engineering involved in space exploration.

Convenient Conversion: Sometimes communication in the digital world requires speaking a different language. In computing terms, this often means converting files to new formats. Zamzar is a free, online file conversion service that allows you to change image, document, music, video, and other types of files into various formats. The service involves four simple steps, and converted files are sent directly to your e-mail account. This site comes in handy, for example, when you receive an e-mail attachment that you can't open with your computer's software.

A Grateful Nation: Memorial Day, celebrated this year on May 28th, is a time to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by so many to support our country. This site is a comprehensive resource about Memorial Day, and includes information on the holiday's history and special events as well links to museums, memorials, and cemeteries honoring fallen heroes from the Civil War to the present day. You'll also find opportunities to offer support to U.S. troops currently deployed.

Will the Third Time Be a Charm?: The upcoming release of Spider-Man 3 promises to deliver the excitement and fun we've come to expect from the first two movies. Spider-Man 3 reunites Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, and follows the adventures of the super hero as his suit turns from red to black, giving him greater powers but posing new challenges. Check out the official site to see the trailer and get the behind-the-scenes scoop.

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