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Listenwise: Debate: Which is More Important: Development or Preventing Pollution?

Listenwise

From Listenwise, September 2, 2016  --  New Delhi, India has some of the the most polluted air in the world. Levels of pollution reached hazardous levels many days of the year. For the people of New Delhi, this has meant an increase in health problems such as asthma and other sicknesses. As India’s growth continues, it consumes more energy, which creates pollution. This story illustrates the balance between economic growth and the health threats of pollution produced by all this growth.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.1 North of Ascension Island

IRIS

August 29, 2016  --  IRIS does an excellent job collecting and preparing resources we can use in our classrooms on recent, significant earthquakes. Check out their PowerPoint, visualizations and animations on a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that has occurred 975 km (605 miles) northwest of Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).  There are no reports of damage or injuries, and no tsunami warnings issued..

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4211

Listenwise: Solar Powered Plane Makes Historic Around the World Trip

Listenwise

From Listenwise, August 24, 2016  --  For the first time in history, two pilots flew the Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered plane, around the world without using any fuel. This technology will have to be developed more before the public will be able to fly in them. Nevertheless, this flight symbolized the innovative progress made by aviators and energy conservationists. Listen to the story to hear more about the flight from pilot, Bertrand Piccard.

EARTH Magazine: Redefining Homo - Does Our Family Tree Need More Branches?

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, August 23, 2016  --  Human evolution and paleoanthropology are tricky subjects, not just because of the rarity of these fossils, but also because human nature seems to be getting in the way of modern taxonomy. In a field that is generally governed by logical rules when it comes to identifying new fossils, scientists are noticed there are some peculiarities applied to our own genus, Homo. 

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 6.2 Italy

IRIS

August 24, 2016  --  IRIS does an excellent job collecting and preparing resources we can use in our classrooms on recent, significant earthquakes. Check out their PowerPoint, visualizations and animations on a magnitude 6.2 earthquake that occurred in a mountainous region in Italy at a depth of 6–10 km. Early reports indicate that 120 people have been killed and many more are trapped under debris.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4208

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.4 South Georgia Island Region

IRIS

August 19, 2016  --  IRIS does an excellent job collecting and preparing resources we can use in our classrooms on recent, significant earthquakes. Check out their PowerPoint, visualizations and animations on a magnitude 7.4 earthquake occurred in the South Georgia Island Region.  South Georgia Island is a British territory in the South Atlantic Ocean that lies about 800 miles east of the Falkland Islands.  It is a remote and inhospitable island.. 

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4206

Press release for students - Fire clues in cave dripwater

Planet Press

From EGU, July 21, 2016  --  Researchers in Australia and the UK have found that stalagmites and stalactites can be used to help trace past wildfires that burned above the cave. Fires change the chemistry of the water above ground, and these subtle changes leave traces in the stalactites and stalagmites that form when the water drips in the caves underground.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.2 New Caledonia

IRIS

August 12, 2016  --  IRIS does an excellent job collecting and preparing resources we can use in our classrooms on recent, significant earthquakes. Check out their PowerPoint, visualizations and animations on a major earthquake that struck in the southwest Pacific Ocean 515.8 km (320.5 mi) southeast of Vanuatu. There were no reports of damage and no threat of a tsunami.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4204

EARTH: Sand Shouldn't Stand In for Volcanic Ash in Jet Engine Tests

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, August 10, 2016  --  In 2010, trans-Atlantic airspace was shutdown, and international travel halted, when Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull erupted, spewing ash into the air. This was an expensive decision, triggered by the threat ash posed to aircraft, crews and passengers. When ash enters an aircraft turbine, which typically can reach temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees Celsius, the ash can melt, damaging the engines in midflight. 

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