Wednesday, September 28, 2016

MITACONDRIAL REPLACEMENT THERAPY (MRT) OR THREE PERSON BABIES


MRT has now become law in the UK and the first three person baby has been born. Do your research to discover what MRT is, how it is done and what the implications are. When you have decided where you stand, write an argumentative essay in which you defend your standpoint and refuting counter arguments.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         M.P.’s say ‘Yes’ to three person babies http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31069173
Reading material to make notes on:
·         “First three person baby born using new method” http://www.bbc.com/news/health-37485263
·         Social and ethical issues in mitochondrial donation http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/115/1/173.full
·         Three parent babies: an ethical boundary is being crossed http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11386070/Three-parent-babies-an-ethical-boundary-is-being-crossed.html
·         Three person IVF: science shows ethical questions remain unanswered
Videos to watch and take notes from:
·         Three parents and a baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcubrH6HRnk
·         Three genetic parents: what are the ethics? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnjlR938Pnk

·         Three parent babies: Andrew Marsh discusses on Newsnight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y10BIyxMFps

DESCRIBING A PLACE


Study the following before you start:
Now you are ready to write:
·         Cities and countries: select a virtual tour, study and write
·         Homes: select a virtual tour, study and write
·         Alternatively, write about a country, city or building you know well



DESCRIBING PEOPLE


Study the following before you start:
Check out the examples:
Now you are ready to write:
1.       Describe the suspect: study the plan, look at the picture and describe the suspect
2.       Describing a suspect: http://www.grovecrimewatch.org/describe_person.html

3.       Watch the video and write: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBHPXNS9KZU

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

RECRUITMENT BIAS


Why do some people find it much easier to find a job and why do others keep being turned down or get no response to their applications? The reason may be recruitment or hiring bias. Do your research and find out what it is and then write an essay discussing the reasons.
Familiarize yourself with the issue
·         What is unconscious bias https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R95bU9Z7afQ
Reading material to make notes on
·         6 Things that can contribute to recruitment bias https://atmanco.com/blog/hiring/things-contribute-recruitment-bias/
·         6 Ways to remove hiring bias from the recruitment process  http://recruiterbox.com/blog/remove-hiring-bias-from-recruitment-process/
·         Workplace discrimination prompts “whitened” job applications http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-20608039
·         Employers’ replies to racial names http://www.nber.org/digest/sep03/w9873.html
Videos to make notes on
·         Unconscious bias in recruiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0ne13lv8hE
·         Decoding diversity: Unconscious bias at work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7EzKQWGFIE
Recruitment bias in research institutions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g978T58gELo

Monday, September 26, 2016

THE ADVANTAGES OF BILINGUALISM


Bilingualism was once thought to have countless disadvantages like putting too much strain on the child; however, this has been proven wrong thanks to new research. Do your research and discover the many advantages of bilingualism and then write your essay

Familiarize yourself with the issue
·         The advantages of the bilingual brain http://www.bbc.com/news/world-35170392
·         Dr Catherine Loveday on how languages help your brain http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35000299    

Reading material to make notes on:
·         Why being bilingual keeps your brain fit? https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/08/why-being-bilingual-helps-keep-your-brain-fit/
·         Key advantages and disadvantages of being bilingual  http://www.omniglot.com/language/articles/bilingualadvantages.htm
·         The bitter fight over the benefits of bilingualism http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/02/the-battle-over-bilingualism/462114/

Videos to watch and take notes from:
·         The advantages of the bilingual brain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMmOLN5zBLY 
·         The cognitive advantages of the bilingualism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-ml2dD4SIk

University of Reading public lecture:

·         How bilingualism improves your brain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sDYx77hCmI   

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/