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California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is a leading scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco. It is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and research and education programs, which engage people of all ages and backgrounds on two of the most important topics of our time: life and its sustainability. Founded in 1853, the Academy’s mission is to explore, explain and sustain life. Visit www.calacademy.org for more information.

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Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought?

Do Now | April 29, 2015 | 97 Comments

Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought?

For the past four years, California has been experiencing an historic drought. Governor Jerry Brown recently mandated a 25 percent reduction in urban water use across the state. While this legislation seems to some to be a long overdue move in addressing the growing water crisis, others criticize it for a lack of attention towards California’s large agricultural industry. What do you think?

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To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild?

Do Now | March 31, 2015 | 119 Comments

To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild?

For centuries, museums and scientists have been collecting animals, plants and other organisms from the wild for research purposes. To what extent do you think collecting living and nonliving specimens should be allowed?

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Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos?

6 -12 Science | February 17, 2015 | 74 Comments

Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos?

The UK recently voted to authorize mitochondrial DNA modification, which has been dubbed the “three-person embryo” law. Should we modify DNA in human eggs or embryos in order to prevent disease?

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Is It Ethical to Colonize Mars?

6 -12 Science | December 9, 2014 | 68 Comments

Is It Ethical to Colonize Mars?

In 2024, Mars One is planning to send four individuals on an one-way trip to live on Mars. Is it ethical to colonize Mars or other planets outside of our own?

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Should Soda Be Taxed?

Do Now | November 11, 2014 | 114 Comments

Should Soda Be Taxed?

Soda, while sweet and inexpensive, may not be worth drinking. Sugary drinks can have many negative health effects, including a 26% greater risk of type 2 diabetes for regular soda drinkers (one to two cans per day). Should soda and other sugary drinks be taxed for health reasons? Why or why not?

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Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

6 -12 Science | October 14, 2014 | 45 Comments

Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

More than 5,000 schools nationwide have transitioned from traditional learning methods to project-based learning (PBL). Should all schools move in this direction and implement PBL in their science classes?

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Sexism in Science?

Do Now | May 14, 2014 | 6 Comments

Sexism in Science?

There is a significant gender gap between men and women in the sciences. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that although women make up around 50% of the workforce, they only comprise 26% of the employees in STEM fields. What is your take on the underrepresentation of women in science?

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Should E-Cigarettes Be Regulated?

Do Now | April 15, 2014 | 224 Comments

Should E-Cigarettes Be Regulated?

A new type of cigarette that some claim to be a harmless alternative to regular combustion cigarettes has entered the playing field: e-cigarettes. Should they be regulated in the same way as traditional tobacco cigarettes?

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How Much is Behavior Based on Nature Versus Nurture?

Do Now | March 5, 2014 | 158 Comments

How Much is Behavior Based on Nature Versus Nurture?

Science has identified two major influences which affect the person you grow to be: nature (your innate qualities and genetics) and nurture (your personal experiences and environment). These two factors play a major role in the upbringing of a human, but to what extent does each contribute to how a person behaves?

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Should Citrus Trees be Genetically Engineered to Save Florida’s Oranges?

Do Now | January 22, 2014 | 47 Comments

Should Citrus Trees be Genetically Engineered to Save Florida’s Oranges?

Florida is a state that prides itself on its oranges, producing more than 80% of our country’s orange juice. However, that status has been under serious threat. Do you think genetic modification of citrus trees is a good step towards a solution?

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