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What’s the Best Path to a Sustainable Future?

6 -12 Science | March 17, 2015 | 113 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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“Engineering Is” for the Next Generation

6 -12 Science | February 26, 2015

“Engineering Is” for the Next Generation

Explore the connections between engineering and science with KQED’s new, free e-book, Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves. Learn how researchers designed a new, more efficient cookstove to improve the quality of life for families in Darfur.

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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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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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Climate Change: Beyond the Headlines

6 -12 Science | December 3, 2014

Climate Change: Beyond the Headlines

Explore California’s drought, sea level rise, renewable energy and more at the touch of your finger tip! Clue into Climate is a new e-book series about the science behind climate change with interactive animations, infographics, videos and audio reports from KQED and its partners.

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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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How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive]

6 -12 Science | November 17, 2014

How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive]

Although hydropower has been in use for centuries, largely in the form of water wheels, hydroelectricity is a more recent phenomenon. Hydroelectricity is a type of hydropower and is created as moving water powers machines that produce electricity. Here’s an interactive explainer that shows you how it works.

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Should Fracking Be Banned?

6 -12 Science | October 28, 2014 | 98 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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