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What is Blue Tooth? - Satish Kumar
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Bluetooth wireless technology is a de facto standard, as well as a specification for small-form factor, low-cost, short range radio links between mobile PCs, mobile phones and other portable devices. Check out its official site @ Bluetooth. For more information check out Rediff Search

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Where can I find information on biological weapons? - CYPRANO
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Rediff Guide to the Net recently did a comprehensive site tour on bioterrorism. Also, check out Dr Know's answer to What is Anthrax? For more information, use RediffSearch

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How has the war impacted international flights and airlines? - Gomathi
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In the wake of the attacks, Federal Authorities in the US have ordered tighter security at American airports. US citizens in other countries have been advised to restrict their movement, and a new task force provides help and information to those travelling. This page says that US aerospace industry sales are expected to fall by $400 million this year. It is also estimated that the attacks cost US airlines $1 billion a day. Suspicion of terrorism has caused flight cancellations. For more Web resources, check out this site tour.

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What is the offical web site of ICSE? - Navin Khoria
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The official site is Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations. For more info check out RediffSearch.

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Where can I find information on environmental science? - Neha
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This site has an introduction to environmental science, along with links to various journals and newsletters that may help.

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Could you give me URLs of Indian companies that are into medical transcription? - Nishant
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KG Information Systems deals in medical transcription, along with Transcript Solutions, HealthScribe and Fortune Infotech. Find a list of companies on this page, and try Rediff search for more results.

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Can I avail of free psychological advice online? - Uma
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This site allows you to email questions and read replies to previous queries. You can find transcripts and audio recordings on various issues here. Also check this site for free help.

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Are there any sites offering French tutorials? - Zahurulla Mohammed
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This page provides online French lessons free of charge. Also check this site and this one. Look for more resources here.

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What is Anthrax? Why is it in the news? - Gautam Raheja
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Anthrax is currently in the news as it is a potential weapon for bioterrorism, and stray cases have been reported in the US. When released, its spores disperse in air, and could cause an epidemic. Often, anthrax can be fatal.

Anthrax is a spore-forming bacterium called 'Bacillus anthracis', which generally affects animals. Therefore, humans can contract this disease if they make contact with infected animals, their fur, hide or excreta. Meat of infected animals, if not well cooked, can also spread the disease.

Among humans, anthrax could transmitted via three routes: cutaneous (through ruptured skin or membranes), inhalation (from dust which contains spores), or ingestion (eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water).

There is an anthrax vaccine to prevent occurrence of this disease, and effective antibiotics could cure it. However, if left untreated, the disease could prove fatal.

Find out more about anthrax, read about an anthrax case study, understand how and why terrorists could use anthrax and how chemical and biological weapons work.

Get more information from Rediff Search.

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There is a virus called 'belaba32' on my machine. How can I remove it? - Sathya
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You could run a virus check on your computer. Download the latest upgrades available here and here. If you still have a problem, consult your technician

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How can I use the Net to make new friends? - Rajneesh
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You can start by joining clubs or communities that interest you. Also try sites like this, and browse through profiles of potential friends. Message boards and mailing lists are also useful for meeting new people. You could also try online chat rooms and instant messengers.

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Is it risky to divulge my credit card number while I am shopping online? - Ulhas
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There is always a risk involved in disclosing your credit card online. Read about it here. Unscrupulous people, scamsters and hackers can pose a threat to your online shopping experience. However, there are precautions you could take in order to prevent or minimise this risk. Learn some safety tips, consumer tips and smart shopping. Try Rediff Search for more results.

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Where can I find songs of Hemanta Mukherjee and Manna Dey? - Shantanu Sikdar
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You can find a lot of Hemanta Mukherjee's songs here and here. This page offers Bengali and Hindi songs. As for Manna Dey, you can get some of his famous Hindi tracks here and here, while this site gets you his Bengali hits. To listen to these songs, however, you need to have Real Audio Player installed. It can be downloaded free.

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I have a Rediffmail account. While sending email, what must I do to avoid typing out the whole email ID? - Dhanavanti
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Like most email providers, Rediffmail comes with an address book option. Simply fill in the name or nickname of the person along with his or her email address. Save your changes and, the next time you need to send a message, typing the nickname alone will suffice.

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How do I change the password of my Internet connection account? - Ankit Gupta
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Most Internet Service Providers have home pages that enable you to change your password online. If you use a VSNL account, for example, its Web site has a page that enables you to change your password after you key in your old one. If your provider does not have such a site, you can contact them and let them know that you wish to change it.

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Why does my IE 5.5 browser throw up a message saying 'crs32.dll error' before it shuts down? Also, whenever I type the letter "t" it appears on my screen with an inverted comma. Does this mean my keyboard is at fault? - Nishant
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To answer your first question, there probably was an error during the installation process. Try reinstalling IE 5.5. As for your second question, from what you say, your keyboard appears to be faulty. Contacting your hardware dealer would be the best option.

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What is Net Meeting? How can it be used and for whom is it beneficial? - Mukesh Kumar
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Microsoft NetMeeting 3.01 is a software that comes along with your Operating System (Windows 2000, for example). It serves as a connecting device between two computers not linked by a LAN system, and enables voice chat and video conferencing over the Internet. You can also share documents and applications, send files and chat, although having a Hotmail account is a pre-requisite for these features.

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What in your opinion is the purpose of ragging in colleges? Is it necessary? - Vicky
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Ragging is looked upon as a way to initiate new students in colleges and to give freshers and seniors an opportunity to get to know one another. However, if unchecked, it can have harmful consequences. Read about some cases here and here. Find out more opinions on ragging on this page. Many organisations are attempting to abolish ragging, however, this is not always successful.

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Are there any Web sites that could help improve my memory? - R.Muthu
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This site has tips and techniques for efficient and analytical thinking. Also try this page for memory techniques and mnemonics. Click here to read about learning techniques and improving memory skills. Also check out this puzzle. Try Rediff Search for more results.

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