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By Published on . New studies about the Internet seem to land in our inbox daily. At, viewers can browse the latest research compiled from several reputable firms, including Media Metrix, Greenfield Online, Intelliquest, and Inteco. Click on the demographics link from the home page and read about teen computer habits or where seniors hang out online. The geography page fills you in on surveys about online populations around the world. There's also a generous section on e-commerce that breaks out research in different markets, like advertising, finance and retail. Peek into the stats toolbox for a mother lode of lists on everything from weekly usage data to the top-ten banner ads. If you can't keep up with what's new on the site, sign up for the weekly e-mail newsletter that highlights timely information important to Web marketers. As the federal government's principal vital and health statistical agency, the National Center for Health Statistics has a lot to offer. The NCHS, a subdivision of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, maintains data on vital events, health status, lifestyle and exposure to unhealthy influences, the onset and diagnosis of illness and disability, and the use of health care. Users will be amazed at how simple this site is to navigate. Surfers can browse through a list of publications and statistical tables, download selected public use data files, or run database queries using Wonder, the CDC's online public health information system. Users of Wonder can request data for any disease and demographic group. FASTSTATS A to Z, which offers an index of subjects, is another way to quickly and easily obtain information. But wait, there's more! Information on special programs, activities, and upcoming conferences and seminars is also available. Statistics Canada is the country's national statistical agency, with programs organized into three broad subject matter areas: demographic and social, socio-economic, and economic. Visitors to the agency's site can find data from Canada's 1996 Census and search for demographic profiles of communities in the Great White North. Compare average household incomes across provinces and find out who has the longest commute in Canada. The Daily News section posts the latest government releases on economic indicators and the population. You can also take a quiz to find out how much-or how little-you know about our next-door neighbor. A couple of hints: The favorite sport among Canadian kids aged 6 to 10 is swimming. And one in five households in Canada use a compost heap.

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