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(CNN Student News) -- November 17, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

Can you think of any beliefs that you hold, or actions that you practice, which are based on something you heard or read from a scientific study? In what types of media did you come across this information? Do you think that the way in which you discovered this information played a role in its impact on you? Explain.

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President Obama in China

What were some of the topics discussed at President Barack Obama's town hall meeting with Shanghai university students?

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If you were one of the university students who participated in this town hall, what would you want to ask President Obama?

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Hajj H1N1 Concerns

What is the Hajj? Approximately how many people take part in the Hajj every year?

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According to the report: What concerns have been raised regarding this year's Hajj? How has Saudi Arabia responded to the concerns?

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Can you think of other public gatherings that might present similar concerns about the H1N1 virus? If so, what are they?

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Detainees in the Heartland?

What Illinois location is being considered to house suspects currently detained at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba?

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According to the program: How have some townspeople in Thomson, Illinois reacted to the proposal? How have some lawmakers responded to the idea?

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If you lived in the town, would you be in favor of or opposed to allowing Guantanamo Bay detainees to be moved to the local prison? State your rationale.

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Tracking Trash

How much trash does the average American throw out each day? Do you think that you throw out more or less than this amount?

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According to the report: Why are some researchers tracking items being thrown away? Where has some of the trash ended up?

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What do you think this kind of research might tell you about the items that you use and throw out every day? Do you think that the results of this study might impact people's trash habits? Why or why not?

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Can you think of other ways in which the tracking devices seen in the report might be used in scientific research? Explain.

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