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CNN Student News: Daily Discussion

updated 8:02 PM EDT, Tue March 13, 2012
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(CNN Student News) -- March 14, 2012

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What might be the pros and cons of having media coverage of a scientific expedition?

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Daily Discussion Questions

What information about rare earth metals is revealed in the program? What are some uses for these elements? Why is there controversy involving China and rare earth metals? How have China and other countries addressed the controversy? Do you think this could affect the technology industry? Explain.

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What information is given in the program about the "Deep Sea Challenger"? Where does film director James Cameron plan to dive with this vehicle? What does Cameron hope to accomplish during his dive? How do you think that someone would prepare for a ten-hour dive?

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According to the program, what was Tanner Smith's third wish in the fourth grade? What did Smith say was his inspiration for this wish? What organization did Tanner found? What kinds of items do you think go into one of Tanner's Totes? If you could start your own foundation, what would be its purpose, and why?

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