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Why Do We See Illusions?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Are your eyes really playing tricks on you, or is it just your brain's natural evolution to handle natural stimuli occurring in real life?  Theoretical neurobiologist Mark Changizi explores the complexities of our eyes and our brain's...
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The Search for Other Earth-like Planets

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Olivier Guyon, professor of optical science and astronomy, explains how scientists are searching for other planets that can support life. Viewers learn the odds of finding a habitable planet, how long it would take, and some techniques...
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A Light Switch for Neurons

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Hear Ed Boyden, an MIT neuroscientist, divulge how the brain processes light and how he has succeeded in curing blindness in mice. There is a brighter future for many humans suffering blindness as prosthetic eyes are developed! Inspire...
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Biofuels and Bioprospecting for Beginners

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The use of fossil fuels is contributing to the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. If we can produce fuels using cellulose-based ethanol, we may be able to remove carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Scientists are searching for a...
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Calculating the Odds of Intelligent Alien Life

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What are the odds of finding intelligent life somewhere else in the universe? The Drake equation can help us estimate the answer. Advanced astronomers find that perhaps the biggest determining factor is longevity of civilizations. There...
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For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Don't let your pupils take everything at face value! They should analyze and evaluate what speakers say. Practice this skill with the two related activities described here. After brainstorming critical questions, learners can listen to...
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Oops! I Broadcast It On The Internet

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What are the risks and benefits of social media? Of sharing information online? Class members view two short videos, “Eva’s Story – When Messages Spread” and “Brittney’s Story – Posting Something You Regret,” and then, using the provided...
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Environmental Scrapbook and Podcast

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
High schoolers collect newspaper and magazine articles about the environment and construct a scrapbook using construction paper, glue, and scissors. To make it even more environmentally friendly, groups can create an online scrapbook...