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With shrinking aquifer in poor shape, Waukesha yearns for Lake Michigan water : Wsj

With shrinking aquifer in poor shape, Waukesha yearns for Lake Michigan water : Wsj | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
Waukesha would like to draw from the Great Lakes, just as more than 40 million people in eight states and two Canadian provinces do every day, but it's not that
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1. What is Waukesha purposing to do? Why is there a need? Why is this controversial?


2. How does the proposed Waukesha plan disturb the ecosystem of the Great Lakes/Fox River?


3. What other solutions can Waukesha explore to meet their water needs? 

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With Too Much Rain in the South, Too Little Produce on the Shelves

With Too Much Rain in the South, Too Little Produce on the Shelves | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
In deluged Southern states, the quantity, and quality, of fruits and vegetables are suffering.
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1. Mr. Crouch, who lives in the area affected by the wet weather, stated, “Whenever we get in a pattern like this, we kind of stay in the status quo. When we’re hot and dry, we stay hot and dry. When we’re wet, we stay wet.”HOW do you think this affects farmers’ ability to cope with the present and plan for the future? 


2. WHAT pros and cons can you identify in a growing season that has steady weather?

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‘Like’ This Article Online? Your Friends Will Probably Approve, Too, Scientists Say

‘Like’ This Article Online? Your Friends Will Probably Approve, Too, Scientists Say | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
A positive nudge can set off a bandwagon of approval, researchers found, but negative reaction does not spur others to “dislike.”
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1. Are you more apt to “like” something online if it has already been liked? Does this research confirm your own experiences?

 

2. WHY do you think people are more likely to “like” what’s already popular?

 

3. WHAT implications do you think this research has for online consumers and social media users? What about for businesses and advertisers?

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Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty on Warming

Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty on Warming | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
The panel found that human activity is almost certainly behind most temperature increases in recent decades.
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1. WHY are scientists being so careful with the language they use in this report?

 

2.HOW do you think governments, businesses and individuals should respond to the findings in this draft report? WHAT is your response?

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Kerry Cites Clear Evidence of Chemical Weapon Use in Syria

Kerry Cites Clear Evidence of Chemical Weapon Use in Syria | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the use of chemical weapons in attacks on civilians in Syria last week was undeniable and that the Obama administration would hold the Syrian government accountable.
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1. HOW do you think the United States should respond if United Nations inspectors determine that the Syrian government used chemical weapons?

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Graffiti Art of the City, From the Bronx to Brooklyn

Graffiti Art of the City, From the Bronx to Brooklyn | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
From the Bronx to Coney Island, a tour of the city’s graffiti art can help slake a thirst for art in summer’s dog days.
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1. HOW do you feel about these graffiti projects popping up around New York City?

 

2. Scroll down the article and view the related slide show. Which murals do you like best? WHY?

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2013/08/30/arts/design/20130830-STREETS.html

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A Multitasking Video Game Makes Old Brains Act Younger

A Multitasking Video Game Makes Old Brains Act Younger | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
Using a video game for training, researchers gave older people more youthful cognitive thinking, according to a study published in Nature.
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1. After reading this article, HOW optimistic are you that this type of research with video games will eventually lead to real-world solutions for older adults?

 

2. Can you imagine a world in which 80-year-olds play video games regularly to improve brain function? Explain.

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On ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ Helping Physics and Fiction Collide

On ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ Helping Physics and Fiction Collide | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
As a script writer for “The Big Bang Theory,” Eric Kaplan unites the worlds of comedy and (fictional) academia.
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In a Breathtaking First, NASA’s Voyager 1 Exits the Solar System

In a Breathtaking First, NASA’s Voyager 1 Exits the Solar System | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
Voyager 1, launched back in 1977, has become the first man-made object to pass into the unknown vastness of interstellar space.
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In describing Voyager I’s accomplishment, Donald A. Gurnett, a professor of physics at the University of Iowa, said, “I don’t know if it’s in the same league as landing on the moon, but it’s right up there — ‘Star Trek’ stuff, for sure.”WHAT do you think about Voyager I, and the distance this 36-year-old spacecraft has traveled? WHY?

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Household Incomes Remain Flat Despite Improving Economy

Household Incomes Remain Flat Despite Improving Economy | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
A major annual report on poverty, insurance and earnings shows that the improving economy has so far failed to benefit most households.
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1. HOW do you think Americans should respond to this government report on incomes, poverty and health insurance?

 

2.WHAT do you think should be done to raise real income levels for the bottom 80 percent of American households, who have generally not fared as well during the economic recovery?

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Cheating Ourselves of Sleep

Cheating Ourselves of Sleep | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
Failing to get enough sleep night after night can compromise your health and may even shorten your life.
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1. Using evidence from this article, HOW could you create a one-minute argument to convince a friend or relative that he or she needed more sleep?

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A Lab-Grown Burger Gets a Taste Test

A Lab-Grown Burger Gets a Taste Test | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
The taste of the burger made of cow muscle grown in a laboratory was nothing special, but the feat itself is expected to make the case for in vitro meat.
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1. Do you think lab-grown meat will ever replace conventional meat in supermarkets and restaurants?


2. Do you believe this research is important? Use evidence from the article to back up your opinion.


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Parkour, a Pastime Born on the Streets, Moves Indoors and Uptown

Parkour, a Pastime Born on the Streets, Moves Indoors and Uptown | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
Practitioners of parkour have long seen public spaces as their playground, and parkour as the ultimate rebel’s game. But now it has turned into a big business.
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1. Do you think the growing number of indoor parkour gyms threatens the sport’s “renegade soul”? Or is it just a positive development for a sport gaining popularity?

 

2. Would you want to try parkour, if you haven’t already?

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On Bus Tour, Obama Seeks to Shame Colleges Into Easing Costs

On Bus Tour, Obama Seeks to Shame Colleges Into Easing Costs | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
Promising to eventually use federal student aid as leverage, President Obama said, “We can’t price the middle class and everybody working to get into the middle class out of college.”
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1. WHAT is your reaction to the president’s plan?


2. WHAT do you think is the best way to lower the cost of higher education?

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Do you agree with the President's plan to reduce college costs to families?  How would the plan you create differ from President Obama's?

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Scientists Discover One Of The Greatest Contributing Factors To Happiness — You'll Thank Me Later

Scientists Discover One Of The Greatest Contributing Factors To Happiness — You'll Thank Me Later | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
The tiny thing to remember that makes a huge difference.
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1. Who has had the biggest impact on your life thus far?

 

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Oxford Dictionaries Online Adds 'Selfie,' 'Emoji' and Other Tech-Oriented Terms

Oxford Dictionaries Online Adds 'Selfie,' 'Emoji' and Other Tech-Oriented Terms | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
Oxford Dictionaries has updated its online lexicon to include a number of youthful and relevant terms.
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1. WHAT new words would you argue the Oxford Dictionaries should add next? WHY?

 

2.HOW do you think dictionary-making has changed over the last 20 years? Make guesses, then read this article from 1988, to find more contrasts.

http://www.nytimes.com/1988/09/18/business/the-dictionary-as-a-blockbuster.html

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For 2020 Olympics, I.O.C. Picks Tokyo, Considered Safe Choice

For 2020 Olympics, I.O.C. Picks Tokyo, Considered Safe Choice | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
Tokyo was selected to host the 2020 Summer Games, beating out Istanbul and Madrid in a major victory for a country still recovering from a nuclear plant meltdown.
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1. After reading this article, WHY do you think some countries try to appeal to the judges, even after being rejected multiple times before, to host the Olympics?

 

2. WHAT might hosting do for a country’s identity and image? WHY?

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Disruptions: Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool

Disruptions: Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
Teachers and parents are using Minecraft, a video game popular with children, to help teach science, history, languages and ethics.
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1. HOW might you make a pitch to administrators in your school that Minecraft be included in the curriculum?

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Colorado Floodwaters Force Thousands to Flee

Colorado Floodwaters Force Thousands to Flee | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
Many residents marveled at how swiftly the rains had swamped their homes and carved up the mountainsides, transforming picturesque towns and vacation communities into scenes of devastation.
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1.According to meteorologists, recent wildfires in Colorado have affected the ground’s ability to absorb the rain. WHY is that?

 

2. HOW do you think the flooding and evacuation that resulted would be different if the wildfires had been less severe?

 

3. WHAT should be Colorado’s long-term plan for dealing with flooding, in light of the monthly rainfall totals shown in this graphic: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/09/14/us/a-wet-and-deadly-month.html?

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For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity Is Mexico

For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity Is Mexico | Article of the Week | Scoop.it
With Europe sputtering and China costly, the “stars are aligning” for Mexico as broad changes in the global economy create new dynamics of migration.
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1. Do you think “Mexico’s moment” will last? Do you believe Mexico will continue to attract more and more migrants? WHY?

 

2.HOW does this article challenge some commonly held perceptions about Mexican immigration patterns among Americans?

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