Science & Technology


  • How Does Mountaintop Mining Impact the Appalachian Landscape? | PBS NewsHour

    Underground coal mining has all but disappeared in West Virginia, after 200 years of nonstop mining. Surface mining, or mountaintop mining, has taken its place. The method has fundamentally changed the landscape of Central Appalachia, in large part because it removes the tops of mountains. Scientists are concerned about the environmental effects of surface mining due to the chemicals that are released into the air and streams when mountain rock is crushed in the mining process. President Donald Trump has promised to bring back mining jobs and has rolled back environmental regulations, including a stream protection rule put in place near the end of President Barack Obama’s administration.

    May 5, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Scientists Try to Understand Disease Killing Millions of U.S. Bats | PBS NewsHour

    West coast scientists are studying a deadly bat disease called white-nose syndrome after it spread from the Northeastern United States to Washington state last year. Researchers in Washington and Oregon are gathering data on the health, population sizes, and hibernation habits of local bats in order to learn more about the disease’s impact and seek prevention.

    April 12, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Rising Ocean Temperatures Threaten World's Coral Reefs | PBS NewsHour

    Rising ocean temperatures resulting from climate change are killing coral reefs across the planet. Scientists say over 70 percent of the world’s coral reefs have been exposed to the high temperatures that cause bleaching. The world's largest coral reef is Australia's Great Barrier Reef, which spans 1,400 miles and is the world's largest living structure. For the second consecutive summer, warming waters have caused extensive coral bleaching there.

    March 23, 2017 video and resourse materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Experimental Ebola Drug Raises Hopes, Ethical Questions

    Update your students on the new experimental drug that the WHO approved to treat Ebola with this August 12, 2014, video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Kiribati Bans Commercial Fishing | PBS Newshour

    The president of Kiribati announced a commercial fishing ban on the waters surrounding his country in order to protect the marine life. Share his compelling story with your class with this PBS NewsHour video and education resource from July 29, 2014.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Climate Change Effects on Sealife | PBS Newshour

    Take students on a journey to one of the world’s only underwater labs with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from July 8th, 2014. The scientists spent six to eight hours a day underwater off the coast of Key Largo in Florida. The mission leader of the project was none other than Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Nasal Spray May Be Lifesaver for Snake Bite Victims

    Snakes! Show your students how applied science works with this PBS NewsHour story on treating snake bites from June 19, 2014. Although snake bites are rarely fatal in the United States, every year about 100,000 people die worldwide after being bitten by venomous snakes. A California doctor has developed a nasal spray treatment that halts paralysis before they reach a hospital.

    Grades: 7-12
  • New Study Predicts Major Extinction Event in Earth’s Near Future

    Students will analyze a new scientific hypothesis that predicts a major extinction on Earth within the next 100 years with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from June 2, 2014. According to new research published in the journal Science, plant and animal extinctions are happening at a rate 1,000 times greater than before humans walked the Earth.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Which Comes First, Hydrogen-Powered Cars or the Fueling Stations?

    Learn about the cars of tomorrow and hydrogen power with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from May 21, 2014. After spending more than a decade and billions of dollars on developing zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, carmakers are planning to release their models in California. But despite the state’s large demand for cars and tough air quality standards, California lacks a network of fueling stations.

    Grades: 6-12
  • U.S. Charges Chinese Officials with Cyber-Spying on Businesses

    Provide students with a real world example of cyber-spying and engage them in an ethics discussion about this type of crime with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from May 20, 2014. In this story, the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officials for stealing trade secrets by hacking into six major American businesses. Learn more about these unprecedented charges and the Obama administration’s strategy to stop these latest alleged Chinese cyber-attacks.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Real Life Science Horror Story: West Coast Starfish Ripping Themselves Apart

    Up and down the Pacific Coast, starfish are dying in a gruesome way and no one knows why. January 31, 2014.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Tricking the Brain with Transformative Virtual Reality ERG

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 19th, 2013

    Want to have a just-like-real-life fantasy experience without leaving your living room?

    Grades: 7-12
  • Can the U.S. Find Consensus in Better Mental Health Access to Curb Gun Violence?

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 17th, 2013.

    One year after the Sandy Hook tragedy, violent acts like the latest shooting at a Colorado high school remind the nation that the gun debate is not over.

    Grades: 7-12
  • How Will Thousands of Drones Impact Already Crowded Skies?

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 16th, 2013.

    The future of aviation could be an aircraft light enough, rugged enough and flexible enough to do just about anything in the air.

    Grades: 7-12
  • How 'Flipped Classrooms' Are Turning the Traditional School Day Upside Down

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 12th, 2013.

    Clintondale High School outside Detroit was one of the lowest performing schools in Michigan when they decided to "flip" their classrooms.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Tech Giants Call for Tighter Limits on Government Surveillance

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 10th, 2013.

    Eight prominent American tech companies sent an open letter to President Obama and Congress expressing concern about the way the U.S. government collects data online.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Illinois Tornadoes | PBS Newshour

    An outbreak of tornadoes blasted the Midwest over the weekend, leaving at least eight people dead and leveling entire neighborhoods. The most powerful storm cut through Washington, Illinois, Sunday afternoon with winds of almost 200 miles per hour. This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 19th, 2013.

     

    Grades: 6-12
  • Making sure young brains get the benefits of music training

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on January 6th, 2014

    A music program for inner-city kids in Los Angeles partners with a neurobiologist to study the impact of music training on the learning skills of poor children.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan Face Desperate Conditions | PBS Newshour

    Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan are returning to flattened communities with no food, water or sanitation, as officials struggle to provide relief. This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 12th, 2013.

    Grades: 6-12
  • As the Risk of Meteor Strikes Rises, How Can Earth Avoid Destruction? | PBS Newshour

     

    New research reveals that space fragments are hitting our planet 10 times more often than previously thought. This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 8th, 2013.

    Grades: 7-12

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