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Green Chemistry


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Green Chemistry

This audio segment from PRI's The World Science Podcast explores the science of Green Chemistry. Hear about companies that are developing greener chemicals, and learn why they are fast becoming an attractive alternative for the multi-billion dollar chemical industry.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 122
  • Downloads: 5
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Bhopal’s Unlikely Legacy


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Bhopal’s Unlikely Legacy

This audio segment from PRI's The World Science Podcast explores how the 1984 gas leak in a pesticide factory in Bhopal, India has increased public awareness about toxic threats, and has been a catalyst for new legislation here in the United States.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 75
  • Downloads: 1
  • Favorites: 5
How to Prevent Future Bhopals


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How to Prevent Future Bhopals

Henrik Selin, a professor of international relations at Boston University and author of the forthcoming book Global Governance of Hazardous Chemicals, assesses the risk of future disasters like the 1984 gas leak in Bhopal India, in this audio segment from PRI's The World Science Podcast.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 25
  • Downloads: 0
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China’s Innovative Past


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China’s Innovative Past

This audio segment from PRI's The World Science Podcast explores the roots of China's creative past and examines why China, a country that over 1500 years came up with some of the most important inventions the world had ever seen, might have lost its innovative edge to the West.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 376
  • Downloads: 13
  • Favorites: 26
Saving the World’s Potatoes


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Saving the World’s Potatoes

This audio segment from PRI's The World Science Podcast explores the extraordinary variety of potatoes native to the Andes in South America, and the current mission to protect this biodiversity.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 40
  • Downloads: 2
  • Favorites: 7
Creativity in Chinese Education


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Creativity in Chinese Education

In this audio segment from PRI's The World Science Podcast we look at the Chinese education system which has long favored a culture of rote memorization over creativity and independent thinking. China needs a new generation of critical thinkers, but is the Communist Party truly ready for that?

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 402
  • Downloads: 31
  • Favorites: 3
Naming Uranus and Neptune, in Hebrew


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Naming Uranus and Neptune, in Hebrew

The Hebrew Language Academy, a government funded institution that coins new Hebrew terms, is letting the public decide the Hebrew names of two planets. Learn why and hear some of the 2000 suggestions and their inspirations in this audio segment from PRI's The World Science Podcast.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 53
  • Downloads: 1
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Life in the Deep


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Life in the Deep

Learn about some strange creatures that inhabit the deep oceans, including transparent sea cucumbers and oil eating tube worms, in this audio segment from PRI's The World Science Podcast.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 85
  • Downloads: 2
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Bhopal, 25 Years Later


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Bhopal, 25 Years Later

This audio segment from PRI's The World Science Podcast revisits a pesticide factory in Bhopal, India, where a 1984 gas leak caused as many as 8,000 deaths.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 196
  • Downloads: 2
  • Favorites: 4
Climate Migrants in Bangladesh


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Climate Migrants in Bangladesh

This audio segment from PRI's The World Science Podcast explores the plight of the rising numbers of migrants, in the South Asian nation of Bangladesh, forced to leave their homes because of climate changes.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 57
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 7