E-Waste Skyrockets in East Asia

ENVIRONMENT The tech boom is spreading worldwide and it comes with a cost. Between 2010 and 2015, e-waste generated in East and Southeast Asia rose 63%, according to a new report. (EurekAlert!) How does e-waste contribute to pollution? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new study documents the skyrocketing accumulation of e-waste in East … Continue reading E-Waste Skyrockets in East Asia

The Shape of Barbie

BUSINESS Mattel has unveiled curvy, petite and tall versions of its iconic fashion doll. The new body types will also be sold in an assortment of skin tones, eye colors, and hairstyles. (New York Times) Use our resources to learn how Barbie made her debut. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas How did Barbie come … Continue reading The Shape of Barbie

Chip Off a New Block

TECHNOLOGY Researchers at IBM have demonstrated the most advanced integrated circuit made of graphene—a two-dimensional “wonder material” that could revolutionize electronics. (BBC) Use our materials to see how scientists are experimenting with graphene and other nanomaterials. Discussion Ideas The scientists profiled in the BBC article are creating a new type of integrated circuit. What is an integrated circuit, and how is this one different? An … Continue reading Chip Off a New Block

Hack a Roach

TECHNOLOGY Researchers are turning cockroaches into smartphone-controlled cyborgs for use in search-and rescue-operations. (NOVA PBS, see the video below!) With $50, three hours, some electronics savvy, and an aversion to squeamishness, you, too, can build your own RoboRoach army! Use our resources to see other ways engineers are developing gadgets and gizmos to take over the world. Discussion Ideas According to the NOVA video, futuristic “bugbots” … Continue reading Hack a Roach

Heartbeat Detector May Save Lives After Disasters

TECHNOLOGY Researchers have developed a device the size of a small carry-on bag that uses microwaves to detect human heartbeats in piles of rubble, which can bury people following natural hazards such as earthquakes. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to understand how technology can help save lives. Discussion Ideas Watch the video of our Emerging Explorer Patrick Meier, a “crisis mapper” who helps create … Continue reading Heartbeat Detector May Save Lives After Disasters