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China's bold push into genetically customized animals

China's bold push into genetically customized animals | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
New kinds of dogs, goats, monkeys and pigs are being made quickly, though scientists voice worries about ethics.
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Great article relating to ethics for RLS in both essays and presentations...#IBTOK

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Cleaner throws artwork into bin in Italy - would you have made the same mistake? - Techly

Cleaner throws artwork into bin in Italy - would you have made the same mistake? - Techly | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
An art exhibit in Italy has been restored after it was binned by a cleaner, who mistook it for a mess from the previous night. The artwork, by famous Milan
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Parents Sue Hospital for Failed Abortion, Costs to Raise Child

Parents Sue Hospital for Failed Abortion, Costs to Raise Child | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Parents from Italy are seeking compensation for psychological trauma and living expenses for the daughter they tried to abort in 2000.
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Excellent Real Life Situation for TOK Presentations on Ethics

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Unravelling the mysteries of sleep: How the brain 'sees' dreams

Unravelling the mysteries of sleep: How the brain 'sees' dreams | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
We’ve known for some time that our eyes move around during the dreaming phase of sleep, much like when we’re awake and looking at a visual scene. The phase ...
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40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally

40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
By Helene Batt and Kate Torgovnick May It’s a piece of cake. You can't put lipstick on a pig. Why add fuel to the fire? Idioms are those phrases that mean more than the sum of their words. As our O...
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Love using these in TOK. One of my favourite, in Greek, translates as 'raining chair legs', when in English you'd say 'raining cats and dogs'. The Greek version kind of makes more sense!

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The case for engineering our food

Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to help create a variety of rice that can survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1950s — and makes the case that it may simply be the most effective way to enhance food security for our planet’s growing population.

 

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Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to help create a variety of rice that can survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1950s — and makes the case that it may simply be the most effective way to enhance food security for our planet’s growing population.

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Agriculture

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unit 5

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Say hello to machines that read your emotions to make you happy

Say hello to machines that read your emotions to make you happy | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
The latest AI devices can't just gauge your mood from what you say and how you say it, they can work out the best way to respond to cheer you up
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If you're happy and you know it....

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How the language you speak changes your view of the world

How the language you speak changes your view of the world | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Panos Athanasopoulos says bilinguals view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in.
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TOK gold! Language as a WOK

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Pulitzer winner Elizabeth Kolbert on mass extinctions—and our own eventual one

Pulitzer winner Elizabeth Kolbert on mass extinctions—and our own eventual one | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
"We are seeing changes that should take thousands of years."
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Fascinating discussion with someone who, frankly, knows what she is talking about...

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Gender Differences in Moral Reasoning Rooted in Emotion

Gender Differences in Moral Reasoning Rooted in Emotion | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
When faced with a moral dilemma — for example, is it OK for a police officer to torture an alleged bomber to find hidden explosives that could kill many people — men are typically more willing to say yes for the sake of the greater good, according...
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First Ever 3D Printed Thyroid Gland Announced by Russia’s 3D Bioprinting Solutions

First Ever 3D Printed Thyroid Gland Announced by Russia’s 3D Bioprinting Solutions | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
The advancements seen within the field of 3D bioprinting are simply staggering. With numerous companies spending millions of dollars on advancing such techn
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Medical ethics....

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The unbelievable things some Chinese students are doing to get into US colleges

The unbelievable things some Chinese students are doing to get into US colleges | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
As the number of Chinese students in U.S....
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Expectations and priorities - culture and reason

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Scientific paradigms rest on change not truth – David P Barash – Aeon

Scientific paradigms rest on change not truth – David P Barash – Aeon | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Science is not a ‘body of knowledge’ – it’s a dynamic, ongoing reconfiguration of knowledge and must be free to change
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Man plans to sell kidney for iPhone 6s- China.org.cn

Man plans to sell kidney for iPhone 6s- China.org.cn | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Many have joked about selling their kidneys for Apple products, but for two young men in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, it was more than a joke. They actually contacted an illegal agent to sell their kidneys, reported Modern Express on Tuesday.
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The mistake we all make... and the simple experiment that reveals it

The mistake we all make... and the simple experiment that reveals it | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Your answer reveals how you see the world – and the common error that hampers our decision making. In an extract from his new book, psychologist Richard Nisbett reveals the ‘mindware’ to help us think smarter
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Why We See Faces Where There Aren't Any

Why We See Faces Where There Aren't Any | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
In order to make sense of everything the world throws at us, the human brain likes to find familiar patterns even when they don't exist, a phenomenon called pareidolia — aka, why your power outlet looks like a screaming man.
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Another good intro piece for perception in #IBTOK

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Have 1,200 World Cup workers really died in Qatar? - BBC News

Have 1,200 World Cup workers really died in Qatar? - BBC News | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
The scandal surrounding Fifa has focused attention on the workers who have died building stadiums in Qatar - how reliable is the much-cited figure of 1,200 deaths?
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Very interesting read on the reliability of oft-quoted statistics

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The Dramatic New Evidence About The Best Way To Treat HIV

The Dramatic New Evidence About The Best Way To Treat HIV | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
A new study has global implications for the way HIV-positive people receive treatment.
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Ethics and evidence in medicine

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▶ Cristobal Cobo Keynote - The Changing Value of Knowledge - YouTube

Foreword from Cristobal Cobo: "The notion of openness in education is usually associated just with resources - whether content or technologies - and initiati...
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Emotions: a Philosophical Introduction - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona | Coursera

Emotions: a Philosophical Introduction - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona | Coursera | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
Emotions: a Philosophical Introduction from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Take free online classes from 115+ top universities and educational organizations. We partner with schools like Stanford, Yale, Princeton, and others to offer courses in dozens of topics, from computer science to teaching and beyond. Whether you are pursuing a passion or looking to advance your career, Coursera provides open, free education for everyone.
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Human gene editing has arrived – here's why it matters

Human gene editing has arrived – here's why it matters | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
It's becoming possible to edit our genes to treat and prevent conditions like HIV and sickle cell disease or, more controversially, create designer babies
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And the future has arrived...

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Judge gives chimpanzees human rights for the first time (update)

For the first time in US history, a judge has decreed that a pair of chimpanzees held at a university research facility are covered by the same laws that govern the detention of humans, effectively...
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Psychologist Explains Why People Eat Certain Animals But Love Others (VIDEO)

Psychologist Explains Why People Eat Certain Animals But Love Others (VIDEO) | TOK TALK | Scoop.it
In her TED talk, psychologist Melanie Joy, explores the reasons why we are disgusted by the thought of eating Golden Retriever, but happily enjoy beef, pork and chicken.
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Emotion and reason battle it out again

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