Wednesday, August 10, 2016

THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF HOSTING A MAJOR SPORTING EVENT


There is always fierce competition to be selected to host major sporting events like the Olympics but is playing host all it is cracked up to be? Are potential hosts blinded by the opportunities organizing these games can provide? Do your research and write about the advantages and disadvantages of hosting major sporting events like the Olympics.
Reading material to make notes on
·         What are the advantages and disadvantages of hosting a major sporting event? https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-hosting-an-international-sporting-event
·         Is hosting the Olympics a mistake for Rio? http://www.cherwell.org/2016/01/16/debate-is-hosting-the-olympics-a-mistake-for-rio/
·         Rio Olympics 2016: Economic gain or loss? http://www.worldfinance.com/home/rio-olympics-2016-economic-gain-or-loss
·         Costs and benefits of hosting the Olympics http://www.economicshelp.org/blog/29/sport/costs-and-benefits-of-the-olympics/
Videos to watch and take notes from
·         Benefits of hosting big sporting events   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4xeDtrLg5M
·         Hosting the Olympic games: Is it worth the hassle? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E35jdy2ZsH8

·         Olympic costs: Does it pay to host the Olympics? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AxYkmQe0pg

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WHICH AFTERLIFE WOULD YOU CHOOSE?


Eternal life and thus conquering death may seem like the stuff of legend but it may be possible in the near future. The three techniques to achieve immortality can be listed as follows:
1.       Biogerontology
2.       Cybernetics
3.       Nanotechnology
Do your research and decide which one is good for you. Then write an essay in which you compare and contrast the techniques to prove your point. Have fun.
First take the test

Familiarize yourself with the issue
Biogerontology
·         What is biogerontology? https://prezi.com/3eefdlh5x2dg/what-is-biogerontology/  
·         What is biogerontology? http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-biogerontology.htm Make sure to click on the related links on the left of the screen as well.
Cybernetics
·         What is cybernetics? http://www.pangaro.com/definition-cybernetics.html Make sure to go through all the material. There are lots of videos.
·         Predictions and cybernetic immortality https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52D-HjQFBZw
 Nanotechnology
·         Nanotechnology in medicine https://prezi.com/oho97trh9dx_/nanotechnology-in-medicine/  





Tuesday, August 2, 2016

THE MALE BRAIN VERSUS THE FEMALE BRAIN


Research shows that there are various different types of brain which are not necessarily related to gender though more often than not are. Do your research and write a comparison and contrast essay on the topic.
Take the test: gender doesn’t determine which type of brain you have 
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         Is my brain male or female? http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zxhvmnb?ns_mchannel=email&ns_source=inxmail_solus&ns_campaign=pan_bbc_flm_300717&ns_linkname=privacy&ns_fee=1  Make sure to click on everything including videos to glean as much information as you can.
·         The tests that show if you've got a male or female brain: The answer may surprise you - and explain your personality Make sure to click on everything including videos to glean as much information as you can.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2774210/Tests-ve-got-male-female-brain-The-answer-surprise-explain-personality.html
Reading material to make notes on
·         The brains of men and women are not really that different http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/11/brains-men-and-women-aren-t-really-different-study-finds
·         Scans prove that there is no such thing as a male and female brain https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28582-scans-prove-theres-no-such-thing-as-a-male-or-female-brain/ 
·         Are male and female brains different? http://www.webmd.com/brain/features/how-male-female-brains-differ#1
Videos to watch and take notes from
·         Men’s and women’s brains are wired differently https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDf0WJPqLE4


Monday, August 1, 2016

WHAT HAPPENED TO DAMIEN NETTLES?


Solve the twenty year old mystery
Watch, read and listen to all the material and tell the story of Damien Nettles. Then take a shot at solving the mystery: What do you think happened? Is he dead or alive? Where has he been?
Do your research and tell the story according to the data then add your views on what you think happened to provide an explanation to the mystery.
·         Watch
·         Read

Bronagh Munro on Unsolved: "I couldn’t have picked a tougher case if I had tried" 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/item/faba19e9-2aae-4895-9abd-2acb900691a4

            Alys Harte, BBC reporter on Unsolved: "The case completely took over my life"
·         Listen and watch

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WHAT HAPPENED AT ASTON HALL?


Where is Aston Hall? What happened there and what can be learnt from all that took place. Do your reading, listen to the radio program and write an essay on the topic.
Familiarize yourself with the issue
Listen to the program on Radio 4
·         What happened Aston Hall hospital?  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07kpydn
Reading material to make notes on
·         What happened at the hospital that experimented on child patients? http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36803067
·         Aston Hall investigation http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/aston-hall-investigation-victim-tied-drugged/story-28825174-detail/story.html (Check out the related links as well)

·         Doctor carried out experiments on patients at mental hospital http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/12171386/Doctor-carried-out-experiments-on-patients-at-mental-hospital.html

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

THE EFFECTS OF BOREDOM


Boredom is not just one of those unpleasant feelings we occasionally experience; there is more to it than that. It can have disastrous consequences and according to research, may have some interesting advantages. Do your research and write an essay in which you discuss both the negative and the positive effects of boredom.
Familiarize yourself with the topic
Reading material to make notes on
·         Is boredom bad for your health? https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/oct/14/boredom-is-bad-for-health
·         Psychology: why boredom is bad http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20141218-why-boredom-is-good-for-you   
Videos to watch and take notes from
·         Boredom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo2YWTm00-w
·         Why you are trying to beat boredom the wrong way https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJeBZECoir0
·         In praise of boredom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plUvDGDeIrI

·         Boredom: a source of inspiration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GIUgPBysis

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

REFUGEES , MIGRANTS AND ASSYLUM SEEKERS


People who leave their home countries to try and make their homes elsewhere are called migrants, asylum seekers or refugees. These terms are not synonyms and there are important distinctions between them. Do your research and determine what they are; then, write an essay comparing and contrasting them in order to better understand the issue.
Cartoon: contributed by Kerem Demirkesen
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Powerpoint:
·         EU learning project: Refugee and migrant crisis https://prezi.com/xg5gbnpypci-/eu-learning-project-refugee-and-migrant-crisis/ 
Familiarize yourself with the issue
·         Refugee versus migrant http://www.diffen.com/difference/Immigrant_vs_Refugee
Reading material to make notes on
·         What is the difference between a migrant, a refugee and an asylum seeker? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11883027/What-is-the-difference-between-a-refugee-a-migrant-and-an-asylum-seeker.html
Video to watch and take notes from
·         The difference between a refugee, a migrant or asylum seeker http://on.aol.com/video/the-difference-between-a-refugee-migrant-and-asylum-seeker-519079123