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Global Transport: Engineering a Vacuum Tube Train

In this activity, students design and test a model vacuum tube train. They have to decide on how to get a ball to travel through a tube as quickly as possible without the help of gravity. They then look at the forces that would act on a real vacuum tube train.

Using the handout Train forces, students are...

Replacing our limbs

In this short audio feature Bene and Mal discuss artificial limbs and how now they could potentially allow an athlete to run faster than an athlete without the blades. Providing many questions which could form the start of a lively classroom discussion.

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Who wants to live forever?

In this short audio feature Bene and Mal discuss how medical advances can fix our bodies when we get ill and how organs can be replaced when they stop working. They ask what if they could be continually replaced and the long term effects of this on an individual.

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Changing how we look

Bene and Mal consider the ethics of changing the way we look through undergoing surgery in this short audio feature. They discuss how the way we look affects our feelings and self-esteem and how there is no way to know that any change will guarantee long-term happiness. They also consider the risk any operation may...

Donating our organs to others

Bene and Mal consider the ethics of organ donation in this short audio feature. They ask if we should decide on donation or should it be compulsory? They also consider the moral implications of offering an incentive for donation.

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Bionic implants in our brains

In this short audio feature Bene and Mal consider how bionic implants may help people with brain injuries. They ask the question what if something goes wrong with the implant and it changes behaviour or what we can do? They also discuss how often brain injured patients can’t have a say in their own treatment, so is...

Collecting data about our bodies

In this short audio feature Bene and Mal, two chatty microbes consider the ethics of collecting data about our bodies. They discuss how information on our health, and personal details helps to monitor health within the population and predict the ways in which we could prevent and treat illnesses. But should this be...

Knowing more about our DNA

Doctors advise patients by looking at their family’s medical history, so what If they could look at DNA and predict factors for developing disease and put in preventative measures. Bene and Mal consider the implications of collecting DNA from people to find out more about disease and develop future treatments....

Biofuels: part one

In this short audio feature Bene and Mal discuss the issues around biofuels. They consider the implications of growing vast amounts of crops for fuel and how biofuels may help with the problem of global warming. They also ask the question,...

Biofuels: part two

In this short audio feature Bene and Mal consider the pros and cons of biofuels. They raise many points including; whether deforestation in order to grow more crops to create biofuels is ethical when the crops could be used to provide food?

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