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Scientists Grow More Crops

B1 – Intermediate

Lack of food supply in the future is a constant fear and would possibly become real if we don’t do anything about it now. Find out what a group of scientists did to create the super crops of the future.

Scientists change plants’ sunblock to grow more crops

Discuss:

1. How did scientists make the crops bigger?
2. What do you think of genetically modifying plants and crops?
3. What are the dangers of genetically modified food?
4. What are the benefits of genetically modified food?
5. Why are so many people in the world without food?

The Immortality Gene: How to Live Forever

C1 – Advanced

Death is unwelcome but inevitable. On the other hand, immortality sounds impossible. We have never heard of someone who lived forever no matter how man worked and toiled to curtail death.

Now, with this scientific discovery, will man ever surpass the age of 969, the longest life ever recorded in humanity?

The Immortality Gene: How to Live Forever

Discuss:

1. What do you think about living forever?
2. What things will you do if you live forever?
3. What kind of life would you want with an everlasting life?
4. Can you really cure aging?

Dinosaurs Already Decreasing Before Asteroid Hit

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Has the existence of dinosaurs crossed your mind yet? What if we co-exist with them? Whatever your answer may be, there sure is some discussion on the existence of dinosaurs.

Let’s learn more about this through the research made by a Japanese paleontologist.

Dinosaurs Already Decreasing Before Asteroid Hit

Discuss:

1. What evidences prove the existence of dinosaurs in the past?
2. Why do you think the dinosaurs have lost their place on earth?
3. Explain the beliefs of scientists why the dinosaurs became extinct.
4. Have you ever been to a natural museum?

Ancient Mummy Wearing Adidas Boots

B1 – Intermediate

We have heard many stories and have watched a number of films about time travel. But is time travel really possible?

Read the article below about a mummy wearing a specific footwear that has made many people think about time travelling.

Ancient mummy found wearing Adidas boots

Discuss:

1. Do you think the article is credible?
2. If given a chance, would you time travel? Why or why not?
3. Which period of time would you like to go back to? Why?

Drug Trial: Man Dies in Hospital

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B2 – Upper intermediate

In France, an experimental drug intended to treat mood, anxiety, and movement disorders went shockingly wrong, resulting in the death of one participant and hospitalization of others. Biotrial says correct procedures were followed at every stage of the trial. So what went wrong?

Read the article below to get more information then express your thoughts.

France drug trial: Brain-dead man dies in hospital

Discuss:

1. What’s your take on this issue?
2. When a clinical trial goes wrong, who do you think is to blame?
3. Would you be willing to be tested?
4. Should scientists stick to animal testing?
5. In your opinion, has drug trial safety improved over the years?

Near-Earth asteroids – How Dangerous Are They?

B1 – Intermediate

Read the article below to get some interesting facts about asteroids and how it can be a possible threat to our life here on Earth.

Near-Earth asteroids – How dangerous are they?

Discuss:

1. Are you afraid that one day the world might be hit by a big asteroid?
2. If the Earth were to be destroyed, what are the things you’d do before it happens?
3. Other than asteroids, what other threats does the Earth face?
4. What other branches of science do you find interesting?

Cutting Up Food Helped Human Evolution

C1 – Advanced

Human evolution is all about the process or physical changes that humans went through over the years. Would a simple activity, like chewing, really have an impact on human evolution? Read the article below to find out more.

Cutting up food helped human evolution

Discuss:

1. What did you think of the article?
2. What do you know about human evolution?
3. How would you describe your eating habits?
4. Do you think it’s right that humans are often compared to chimpanzees?

Water on Mars: What Does It Mean?

B2 – Upper intermediate

Humans have always been curious about things – almost everything.  Our curiosity has brought us beyond planet Earth, searching for the answers of unending questions about life.  Is there life somewhere outside our beautiful planet?

Watch the video then read the article to know more.

Water on Mars: What Does It Mean?

Discuss:

1. Is it really worth the enormous expense to search for any life outside planet Earth while poverty, crime, diseases and death are still left unsolved?
2. Do you think there is life existence in other planets?

Oil-eating Bacteria

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C1 – Advanced

An oil spill is a form of pollution. The term is usually applied to marine oil spills, where oil is released into the waters, but spills may also occur on land.

What does nature do about this? Let’s take a look at this article.

Microorganisms That Break Down Oil

 Discuss:

1. What happened in the Gulf of Mexico?
2. What can break down the carbon molecules present in oil?
3. Was there ever an oil spill recorded in Spain?

Link Between Earthquakes and Oil Drilling

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Oil drilling is one of the most important power source industry of our time. However, oil drilling does cause earthquakes.

Click the title below to know more about fracturing and what it does to the environment.

Experts See Closer Link Between Earthquakes and Oil Drilling

Discuss:

1. What is the major source of energy in your country/city?
2. What can you say about the environmental effects of industrialization?
3. Have you ever experienced an earthquake?