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Have advances in technology improved our lives or are we becoming too dependent? Have your Say!!!!!

Have advances in technology improved our lives or are we becoming too dependent? Have your Say!!!!! | Thomas Richards: EDP4130 Technology Curriculum and Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Share your views on whether advances in technology have improved our lives or humans are becoming too dependent on it.
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It's time to have your say. As you have perused through all my resources/ articles pertaining to such technological advancements and its effects, here is an online discussion where you can have your say about technology advances. Has it improved our lives or are we becoming too dependant on it as indivudals? Enjoy.

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Coltan Facts

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Break the Silence Congo Week
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Coltan is a black tar-like mineral found in major quantities in Africa. Here is a useful tool devoted to the facts and side effects of the production of Coltan. As it is a widely used resource used in many things in the modern society such as laptops, cellular phones, jet  engines, cutting tools, Cameras and X-ray film.

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What is a nuclear bomb and how do they work?

What is a nuclear bomb and how do they work? | Thomas Richards: EDP4130 Technology Curriculum and Pedagogy | Scoop.it

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The atomic bomb is great example of a technological advancement yet it brings to the mind many grim and dull memories. This is a website devoted to evaluating what an atomic bomb is and how they work.

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What is palm oil?

What is palm oil? | Thomas Richards: EDP4130 Technology Curriculum and Pedagogy | Scoop.it
WWF explains what palm oil is, where it is produced, what foods contain palm oil and the impacts of palm oil in relation to deforestation, landclearing and endangered species, such as the orang-utan.
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Here is an exciting and egangiging resource that has been put together by the World Wildlife Foundation that looks into the creation and production of Palm Oil and its effects on the environment.
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Production and Process Making of Paper

Production  and Process Making of Paper | Thomas Richards: EDP4130 Technology Curriculum and Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Air Bag, Aluminum Foil, Artificial Limb, Aspirin, Automobile, Automobile Windshield, Baking Soda, Ball Bearing, Bar Code Scanner, Baseball, etc…
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This website delves into one of the most needed resoursces in the world, that being Paper. This website provides with you with an explicit overview of how paper is made and rpoduced, whilst pertainint to a few environmental concerns aswell. Yes this is a resource we need but is it the only option?

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Nuclear Power. What is it? & How does it work?

Nuclear Power. What is it? & How does it work? | Thomas Richards: EDP4130 Technology Curriculum and Pedagogy | Scoop.it

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This site explains in detail, the possible effects of nuclear power, both positive and negatvive. Yes it may be a technological advancement in some respect. But is it the best option?

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The effects of Coltan Production on the Environment.

The effects of Coltan Production on the Environment. | Thomas Richards: EDP4130 Technology Curriculum and Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Coltan, Gorillas and cellphones
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This website is a purposeful resource outlining and evalauting the signifcant environmental effects through the producation and use of Coltan. Such as the severe destruction of the Kahuzi Biega National Park, causing many problems for endangered wildlife such as the gorilla.

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The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki | Thomas Richards: EDP4130 Technology Curriculum and Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Explore the history behind the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Get the facts on the Manhattan Project, the development of the atomic bomb and more.
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History.com is a great tool for showing the significant effects the nulcear bomb had on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It provides vivid facts, images and also videos of this great disaster, due to such technological advancements.

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Last Stand Orangutan

Last Stand Orangutan | Thomas Richards: EDP4130 Technology Curriculum and Pedagogy | Scoop.it
UNEP-WCMC website
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A report published in 2007 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) acknowledges that palm oil plantations are now the leading cause of rainforest destruction in Malaysia and Indonesia. Of even greater concern is the fact that demand for palm oil is predicted to increase, and forests constitute most of the remaining suitable areas for plantations.
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The Environmental Impact of Paper Production

The Environmental Impact of Paper Production | Thomas Richards: EDP4130 Technology Curriculum and Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Historically pulp and paper production has ranked among the most resource-intensive and highly polluting of all manufacturing industries.
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Here is a great website showing the severe effects of the producution of paper. It may make you think twice the next time you go to use or waste a piece paper.

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The Chernobyl Disaster

Chernobyl accident information. The Chernobyl RBMK reactor design faults and how they were addressed. The Chernobyl shelter. Lessons learnt from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Health impacts of Chernobyl.
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This site provides an explicit insight to the disaster of Chernobyl as a result of Nuclear Power and what can happen when things go severly wrong.

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Resource One

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This Web Quest is an online source created by Peter Albion, an expert in the field of technology and also the course examiner for the course EDP4130  Technology Curriculum and Pedagogy  at the University of Southern Queensland.

 

This WebQuest provides an introduction and brief overview to coal seam gas, and the relevant stakeholders affected by this ‘technology’ (Coal Seam Gas). While also providing you with a number or credible resources on the ‘process page’ evaluating the issue and its relevant stakeholders affected by Coal Seam Gas.

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