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Cloning

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is cloning?
  2. What are the advantages of cloning?
  3. What are the disadvantages of cloning?
  4. Do you think animals should be cloned?
  5. Do you think vegetables should be modified?

Genetic Engineering

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"Genetic moderation"

WITH food security firmly on the international agenda, there's a growing appetite to look again at the opportunities promised by agricultural biotechnology.

Scientists working in this area are excited by new techniques that enable them to edit plant DNA with unprecedented accuracy. Even epigenetic markers, which modulate the activity of genes, can now be altered. The promise is to modify crops to make them more nutritious or resistant to disease.

Inventions

1. Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931)
Edison filed over 1,000 patents. He developed and innovated a wide range of products from the electric light bulb to the phonograph and motion picture camera.

Do our brains need fitness?

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Why You Need to Put Your Brain on a Fitness Plan, Too

Fact: We are outliving our brains. Life expectancy in the United States today is about 80 years old. Girls have a one in three chance of living to 100, while boys have one in four. The problem? Our cognitive brain performance peaks in our early 40s. That means mental functions like memory, speed of thinking, problem-solving, reasoning, and decision-making decline in the last 30 or 40 years of life.

Human Settlement on Mars: Mars One Mission

Questions for discussion:

  1. For some people it is better to lose a leg than live forever on a hostile planet. Current technology can provide you with only one-way trip to Mars. Will you agree on that? On what conditions may you possibly agree to go?
  2. Will you donate to Mars One Mission? How much are you ready to donate? If not, who do you think should sponsor this program? Is this program important for mankind and for you personally?
  3. In your opinion in what year is it possible to deliver selected team to Mars and make a settlement there?

Space Exploration By Humans

Questions for discussion:

  1. What in your opinion are the main reasons for space exploration:
    • Science development, testing of new technologies;
    • General human interest to find another leaving creatures;
    • Military purposes, space borders protections from invaders;
    • To find new planet that will be suitable to settle on after possible catastrophe on Earth;

Evolution

Questions for discussion:

  1. What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘evolution’?
  2. Many schools in the USA teach creationism – the idea that God put humans on Earth as we are today. What do you think of this? Do you believe the story of evolution as told in religious books?
  3. Why is Darwin’s Theory of Evolution discarded by so many religions?
  4. Do you think God created everything as it is outlined in the book of Genesis?
  5. How do you think the world got here?
  6. How do you think we got here?

Inventions

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you think are some of the best inventions?
  2. Do you there are some inventions that have been more harmful than helpful?
  3. If you were to invent something what would you invent?
  4. What inventions do you think we might see in the future?
  5. What are your thoughts on the invention of the internet?
  6. What are some famous inventions that came from China?
  7. Would you use any of these new inventions?

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Inventions and Discoveries

Questions for discussion:

1. what are the best 10 inventions you think are the best and why?
2. Who invented Radio, T.V. and how?
3. What other inventions are on the way?
4. If you could, what would you invent?
5. What made a human even think of making Nuclear weapons?
6. Can you live your lives comfortably without technology?
7. Do you sometimes want to be invisible?

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Do you believe?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you believe in AIDS, swine flu, bird flu, atypical pneumonia and other new disastrous plagues like those?
  2. Do you believe that people's activity causes the global warming? Do you believe in possibility of the nuclear winter catastrophe? Do you think we can fix the first plague with the second one?
  3. What about ozone holes? Isn't it scaring?
  4. Do you worry about comets, asteroids and supernovas?
  5. Do you believe that democracy is the ideal and the only possible form of governing?

The best and worst inventions of mankind

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If you believe in evolution it is only because you chose to believe instead of thinking by yourself!

Questions for discussion:

  1. We mustn't believe in science, in professors! They have proved that hey would confirm everything their masters want them to.
  2. No sane person will ever subsidize experiments for creating any life. So nobody really believes that the life appeared by itself.
  3. Genes actually are programs like computer programs. The idea that programs can be written with method of random mutations and selection is obviously absurd.

Human Cloning

The cloning of ‘Dolly’ the sheep in 1997 opened a possibility for human cloning, which sparked a controversial worldwide debate about its ethics, morality, and benefits to humanity. There is a clear distinction between ‘reproductive cloning’ and ‘therapeutic cloning’. Reproductive cloning relates to producing a fetus identical to its parent. This method of procreation is ‘asexual’, as it does not require one person of each sex in order to create a child. Therapeutic cloning is performed for the purpose of medical treatment.

Human Cloning

The cloning of ‘Dolly’ the sheep in 1997 opened a possibility for human cloning, which sparked a controversial worldwide debate about its ethics, morality, and benefits to humanity. There is a clear distinction between ‘reproductive cloning’ and ‘therapeutic cloning’. Reproductive cloning relates to producing a fetus identical to its parent. This method of procreation is ‘asexual’, as it does not require one person of each sex in order to create a child. Therapeutic cloning is performed for the purpose of medical treatment.

The greatest inventions of all time

Since the first human set foot on Earth, we saw many great inventions. Some of these breakthroughs, like the wheel, have become a catalyst for further discoveries. In times of enhanced technological advancements, increased mobility, instant access to information, and globalization, the pace of innovation is only accelerating. It is important to understand the implications of introducing new ideas, products, processes and technologies, and how they affect our lives and the environment.

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