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Are High-Impact Sports Worth The Risk For Young Athletes?

Do Now | January 24, 2014 | 414 Comments

Are High-Impact Sports Worth The Risk For Young Athletes?

While football fans prepare for Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos, the National Football League (NFL) has come under intense scrutiny for what critics are calling a “concussion crisis” or “concussion epidemic”. Should young people be allowed to play heavy contact sports now that we know they can cause permanent brain damage? Should there be new education, equipment or rule changes to help prevent concussions in football?

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

Do Now | January 22, 2014 | 30 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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What Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Think?

Do Now | January 17, 2014 | 407 Comments

What Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Think?

The comedian Chris Rock once famously advised, ‘If a friend calls you on the telephone and says they’re lost on Martin Luther King Boulevard and they want to know what they should do, the best response is ‘Run!’” He added: “You know what’s so sad? Martin Luther King stood for non violence. And I don’t care where you are in America, if you’re on Martin Luther King Boulevard, there’s some violence going down.” If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, do you think he’d be satisfied with the way things are?

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What Will Your Legacy Be?

Do Now | January 14, 2014 | 62 Comments

What Will Your Legacy Be?

Art School-featured artist Ala Ebtekar created a project in collaboration with students at the Asian Art Museum on the occasion of the Cyrus Cylinder exhibition. If you were king or queen of the Universe, what message would you leave behind that would become your legacy for centuries to come? What are some of the major accomplishments you hope to achieve? What will you do to make the world better?

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Are School Discipline Policies Too Severe?

Do Now | January 10, 2014 | 19 Comments

Are School Discipline Policies Too Severe?

The Obama administration is urging schools to review their school discipline policies to ensure they are not overly zealous and comply with civil rights law. The policies in question are often called zero tolerance rules, which hand out swift and strong punishment to those who break rules in school, and sometimes result in court action. After Texas passed its zero tolerance policy for school disciplinary issues in 1995, many students began receiving criminal citations for missing class, fighting, cursing and even throwing paper airplanes.

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The Gettysburg Address:  A 150-Year-Old Speech Continues to Resonate

Do Now | December 13, 2013 | 8 Comments

The Gettysburg Address: A 150-Year-Old Speech Continues to Resonate

Four score and seven years ago … well actually, 150 years ago — on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his now legendary Gettysburg Address in. A mere 273 words in length, in honor of the soldiers who fought in one of the most important battles of the Civil War, the speech became one of the most influential speeches in American history.

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How Worried Should We Be About Space Junk?

Do Now | December 11, 2013 | 25 Comments

How Worried Should We Be About Space Junk?

Recently China successfully launched their first moon rover, Chang’e-3, into orbit. Unfortunately later that day pieces from the launch rocket fell off and destroyed the homes of two citizens. Although nobody was harmed, the falling spacecraft still worried many people.

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What Event of 2013 Had the Most Impact On You?

Do Now | December 6, 2013 | 27 Comments

What Event of 2013 Had the Most Impact On You?

To look back at the triumphs, tragedies and trends, Google creates an annual Zeitgeist, a summary of the biggest events of the year as seen through the site’s search engine results. The result is a joyous, inspiring and sometimes tragic diary of what we’ve accomplished and endured over the last twelve months.

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Is Pop Music Good or Do We Just Learn to Love it?

Do Now | December 5, 2013 | 41 Comments

Is Pop Music Good or Do We Just Learn to Love it?

The latest episode of Idea Channel explores the business side of pop music and asks how music becomes meaningful to you, “Love or hate pop music, it’s pretty hard to escape. From Katy Perry to Lady Gaga, pop songs are recorded, packaged, and sold down a well worn pipeline, designed to make you, the listener, LOVE THIS SONG! But do you really?”

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Is College Worth the Cost?

Do Now | November 30, 2013 | 77 Comments

Is College Worth the Cost?

In 2013, nearly 20 million students in the United States were enrolled in colleges and universities, more than any other time in the country’s history. Compare that to sixty years ago, when higher education enrollment rates were still under 3 million.

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