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To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild?

Do Now | March 31, 2015 | 0 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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What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future?

6 -12 Science | March 17, 2015 | 55 Comments

What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future?

As we face the consequences of a changing climate, many people wonder how we can most effectively change the consumptive habits of U.S. citizens. Is it more effective to change people’s behavior and attitudes or have the government implement regulations?

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Why Do Scientists and the Public Disagree?

Do Now: Science | March 3, 2015 | 44 Comments

Why Do Scientists and the Public Disagree?

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, scientists and the public have differing views on science-related issues. Why do you think scientists and the public disagree?

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How Can We Address Indoor Air Pollution?

Do Now: Science | February 26, 2015 | 2 Comments

How Can We Address Indoor Air Pollution?

Indoor air pollution from from burning solid fuels for heating and cooking is a huge health concern in many parts of the world. How can we best address this problem?

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Should We Modify DNA in Human Embryos?

6 -12 Science | February 17, 2015 | 72 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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When Should Animals Be Used for Research or Industry Testing?

6 -12 Science | February 3, 2015 | 53 Comments

When Should Animals Be Used for Research or Industry Testing?

Animal testing in scientific and commercial research has a long and controversial history. When do you think animals should be used for research or industry testing, if ever?

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Should Cold Sufferers Wear Medical Masks?

6 -12 Science | January 20, 2015 | 38 Comments

Should Cold Sufferers Wear Medical Masks?

Every year, millions of Americans come down with a case of the common cold, resulting in many missed days of school and work. Should cold sufferers wear medical masks to help prevent spreading germs? Would you wear one the next time you have a cold?

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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 We Fund Space Exploration?

6 -12 Science | November 25, 2014 | 18 Comments

Should We Fund Space Exploration?

Human space travel has long been a subject of fascination and scientific inquiry. Should we fund space exploration, or would the money be better spent elsewhere?

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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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