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Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?

Featured Media Resource: VIDEO: Do You Understand the Minimum Wage Debate? (Citizen Tools)View a non-partisan explanation of the history and current status of the minimum wage debate. Do Now U Do you think the federal minimum wage should be increased? #DoNowUWage How to Do Now To respond to the Do Now Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased? →

What Influences Your Dietary Choices?

Featured Media Resource: VIDEO: Healthy Eating Tips: Do We Control Our Food Choices? (Rutgers Today) “Food framing” is a strategy of food vendors to attract consumers to specific food choices. Do Now U What influences your dietary choices? #DoNowUDiet How to Do Now To respond to the Do Now U, you can Read More … … Continue reading What Influences Your Dietary Choices? →

How Would You Make the Streets Safer for Cyclists?

Featured Media Resource: [VIDEO] Pedaling Through Pollution (Science Friday) A group of researchers at Columbia University are using biometric sensors, a wearable pollution monitor, and GPS to measure cyclists’ exposure to toxins as they cycle through city streets. STRENGTHEN YOUR ARGUMENT! Know Your Stuff: Research the facts you need to make Read More … Source:: … Continue reading How Would You Make the Streets Safer for Cyclists? →

Are the Benefits of Organic Food Worth the Price?

Featured Media Resource: VIDEO: What Is Organic Food? (Epipheo) Epipheo explains what organic food is and why “organic” doesn’t always equal “healthy.” Do Now U Are the benefits of organic food worth its price? Do you buy organic food? Why or why not? #DoNowUOrganic How to Do Now To respond to the Read More … … Continue reading Are the Benefits of Organic Food Worth the Price? →

Should We Research Dangerous Viruses That Might Cause Pandemics ?

Featured Media Resource: [AUDIO] Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogens (NPR) Scientists believe that to protect civilians from the next pandemic, they first have to understand the risks of researching viruses in experiments. However, opponents believe that making new strains of viruses aren’t worth the Read More … Source:: DoNow Science

Is Milk Good or Bad for You?

Featured Media Resource: VIDEO: The Chocolate Milk Debate (ABC News) Learn about the potentially negative effects of high-calorie, high-sugar chocolate milk in elementary school lunchrooms, forcing us to rethink age-old beliefs on the health value of milk. Do Now U Do the potential health risks of drinking milk outweigh its high Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Is Milk Good or Bad for You? →

Will the Flint Water Crisis Motivate More Efficient Responses in the Future?

Featured Media Resource: VIDEO: Here’s How Flint’s Water Crisis Happened (CNN) Hear a summary of the information available to the state regarding the Flint water crisis, the decisions they made and their responses to the public. Do Now U Will the water crisis in Flint, Michigan motivate government officials to respond more Read More … … Continue reading Will the Flint Water Crisis Motivate More Efficient Responses in the Future? →

Should We Transition to Driverless Cars?

Featured Media Resource: [VIDEO] “Self-Driving Cars: The Road Ahead” (KQED QUEST)Self-driving cars are no longer the stuff of science fiction. Google, Tesla, Audi and other companies are taking dozens of prototype vehicles onto the road in California and other states. But before they can take off with consumers, big Read More … Source:: DoNow Science

Should NASA Focus on Space Exploration or Climate Change?

Featured Media Resource: [VIDEO] “Space Money: The Politics And Science Of NASA’s Budget” (Newsy)House Republicans and Democrats disagree about NASA funding priorities: GOP leaders propose refocusing NASA on space exploration, at the expense of its earth sciences budget. President Obama and other Democrats argue in favor of focusing research Read More … Source:: DoNow Science

How much do candidates’ faces influence voters?

Featured Media Resource: [VIDEO] “How Quickly Do You Judge a Face? ” (Science Friday)By looking at a face for less than a second, we can judge someone’s age, gender, race, emotional state and even their trustworthiness. There’s evidence that these split-second decisions can affect voters’ views of political candidates. Do Read More … Source:: DoNow … Continue reading How much do candidates’ faces influence voters? →

How Would You Use 3-D Mapping Technology?

Featured Media Resource: [VIDEO] “3-D Mapping Your World With a Backpack” (KQED/QUEST) Hyper-realistic video games. They’re made using a technique called 3-D mapping. In the real world, 3-D mapping indoors is much more difficult than 3-D mapping outdoors. The solution? A 3D mapping backpack. Next up: your smartphone. Do Now If your Read More … … Continue reading How Would You Use 3-D Mapping Technology? →

Would You Buy a Genetically Modified Pet?

Featured Media Resource: [VIDEO]: Science Creates Glowing Kittens, Monkeys and Sheep! (DNews)With advances in technology, genetic engineering of animals is becoming increasingly common. This video describes the fluorescent protein that’s turning animals bioluminescent, and the implications it has for science. Do Now Would you buy Read More … Source:: DoNow Science

Who Should Be Responsible for Funding Global Health Initiatives?

Featured Media Resource: VIDEO: Jimmy Carter’s Last Wish (Vocativ) Jimmy Carter describes his dream for the last guinea worm to die before he does. Do Now U Who Should Be Responsible for Funding Global Health Initiatives? #DoNowUHealth How to Do Now To respond to the Do Now U, you can comment below or post Read … Continue reading Who Should Be Responsible for Funding Global Health Initiatives? →