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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 | 20 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 | 51 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 | 37 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 | 57 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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Should Fracking Be Banned?

6 -12 Science | October 28, 2014 | 97 Comments

Should Fracking Be Banned?

The November 2014 ballot contains an initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing for three counties in California. Hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking,” is steeped in controversy, from the amount of water it uses to how and where that water is eventually disposed.

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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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How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

6 -12 Science | October 1, 2014 | 60 Comments

How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

Plants and animals are responding to climate change in different ways, altering ecosystems all over the world. How do we balance protecting species with human interests in dealing with and adapting to climate change? What do we prioritize?

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