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(CNN Student News) -- November 16, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What role do you think that the media might play in the aftermath of a severe earthquake? What challenges do you think that the media might face in delivering information to people after this type of natural disaster?

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Privacy vs. Security

Why are some new airport security measures generating controversy? What statement does the TSA chief make in the program regarding this controversy?

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What do you think might be the potential benefits and drawbacks of the body scanning technology seen in the report? In your opinion, do the potential benefits of this technology outweigh the possible drawbacks? Explain your rationale.

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Disaster-Proof City?

What advice is given in the segment about what to do during an earthquake? What do you think might be the best way to deliver this type of information to people who live in earthquake-prone areas?

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What impact did a 6.9-magnitude earthquake have on Kobe, Japan in 1995? What lessons were learned from Kobe's 1995 quake? What challenges remain for the city?

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How was the building featured in the report designed to resist earthquakes? Do you think that other countries that suffer earthquakes might be able to rebuild their structures in a similar fashion? Why or why not?

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Animal Intelligence

According to the segment, how have some scientists' views on animal intelligence changed? Why do you think that some scientists say that dolphin intelligence may rival human intelligence?

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How is the mirror experiment seen in the report designed? According to the scientist featured in the program, how do some animals react to mirrors? What do you think that the mirror experiment might reveal about animal intelligence?

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What other ways can you think of to measure animal intelligence? Can you think of any applications for this kind of research? Explain.

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