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How Smart Should We Allow Robots to Get?

Do Now | June 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

How Smart Should We Allow Robots to Get?

Artificial intelligence is now more available to us than ever before, and it is getting smarter every year. While some scientists envision artificially intelligent robots as rescuers and caretakers of the future, others are worried that creating technology as intelligent as humans might be rather dangerous. How smart do you think we should we allow artificial intelligent to become?

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What Would You Explore with a Foldscope?

Do Now | May 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

What Would You Explore with a Foldscope?

A bioengineer at Stanford University has designed an inexpensive, origami microscope–called a Foldscope–to allow people from around the world to make discoveries and answer their own questions. What would you explore with a Foldscope?

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Would You Eat Insects?

Do Now | May 12, 2015 | 114 Comments

Would You Eat Insects?

The California drought is bringing increased attention to resource use in agriculture–not only within the state, but around the world. With a growing global population, use of land and water resources will have to change to meet future demand for animal protein. Would you eat insects as part of a sustainable, earth-friendly diet?

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

Do Now | April 29, 2015 | 100 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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Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research?

Do Now | April 14, 2015 | 16 Comments

Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research?

On March 9, 2015, Apple announced the release of a new tool that enables researchers to build iPhone apps for collecting health data directly from iPhone users. Should we allow apps to collect private health data for research?

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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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What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future?

6 -12 Science | March 17, 2015 | 116 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 | 47 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 | 35 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 | 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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