Forget shopping. Soon you’ll download your new clothes


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Downloadable, printable clothing may be coming to a closet near you. What started as designer Danit Peleg’s fashion school project turned into a collection of 3D-printed designs that have the strength and flexibility for everyday wear. “Fashion is a very physical thing,” she says. “I wonder what our world will look like when our clothes will be digital.”

Watch a video about future trends in clothing and choose the correct answers.

1. Danit Peleg is wearing a skirt that she 3D printed herself at home. How long did it take her to print it?

A) One week
B) Three days
C) Overnight
D) One month

2. What are some fashion technologies that this speaker has worked with?

A) Silk printing
B) Laser cutting
C) Knitting machines
D) All of the above

3. What were some of the issues Danit initially had with creating 3D printed clothing?

A) It was breakable and scratchy
B) It was difficult to sit in
C) Printers were extremely large and located in labs far away
D) All of the above

4. What is filament?

A) Thread used in creating clothes
B) Tape used to hold up hems on skirts
C) Material used to “feed” the 3D printer
D) A beading material

5. Why was the word “Liberte” embedded into her first 3D printed jacket?

A) She was liberated from the ancient needle and thread
B) She was able to freely visit factories and stores
C) She felt empowered by the freedom of designing and printing fashion from her home
D) She was given the keys to a makers space

6. What were some of the challenges that Danit Peleg came across when trying to 3D print her own fashion?

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7. The speaker describes fashion as a “physical process.” Explain.

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The Creators
Danit Peleg 
Speaker

The ethical dilemma of self-driving cars


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Self-driving cars are already cruising the streets today. And while these cars will ultimately be safer and cleaner than their manual counterparts, they can’t completely avoid accidents altogether. How should the car be programmed if it encounters an unavoidable accident?

WATCH A VIDEO ABOUT the murky ethics of self-driving cars AND CHOOSE THE CORRECT ANSWERS.

1. In the first scenario, which option would best protect the autonomous car and its occupants?

A) The car does not swerve and stays in its lane

B) The car swerves toward the large SUV

C) None of the above

D) The car swerves toward the motorcyclist

2. In the second scenario, which option would follow the design principle to minimize harm?

A) The car swerves toward the motorcyclist with the helmet

B) The car does not swerve and stays in its lane

C) The car swerves toward the motorcyclist without the helmet

D) None of the above

3. If a robot car reacts exactly as a human would in a crash scenario, which would be true?

A) A random-number engine is needed, since some human actions are random

B) The same actions should result in the same legal consequences

C) None of the above

D) Impossible–the sensors on a robot car will enable it to avoid crashes

4. What other ethical dilemmas are mentioned here about autonomous cars?

A) Determining the value of your life versus the lives of others

B) Whether it should take a parking spot away from a human driver who’s looking for one

C) Whether advertisers may influence the route-selection of the car

D) None of the above

5. How are these thought experiments like science experiments?

A) They can safely recreate actual scenarios, without any risk of injury

B) They aren’t necessarily meant to recreate actual scenarios

C) They’re not alike–one involves lab equipment, and the other does not

D) None of the above

6. When an ethics judgement is needed, who should get to decide how robot cars are programmed: engineers/programmers, manufacturers/company executives, government, owner/occupants of the vehicles, the general public, or someone else?

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The Creators

Patrick Lin
Educator

Yukai Du
Director

Amy Adkins
Script Editor

Kevin O’Shea
Animator

Jiaqi Wang
Animator

Cem Misirlioglu
Composer

How the food you eat affects your brain


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When it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night?

Watch a video about brain foods and choose the correct answers.

1.  What is one thing that makes essential fatty acids so unique?

a) Essential fatty acids are man-made

b) Essential fatty acids must come from our diets

c) Essential fatty acids make you lose weight

d) Essential fatty acids come from saturated fats

2. Amino acids contain the precursors to neurotransmitters. Which of the following is a neurotransmitter?

a) Dopamine

b) Norepinephrine

c) Serotonin

d) All of the above

3. What do antioxidants do?

a) Work as a natural pesticide for nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables

b) Shorten attention span

c) Activate neurotransmitters

d) Fight off free radicals that destroy brain cells

4. Most of the energy that your brain uses comes from:

a) Antioxidants

b) Carbohydrates

c) Amino Acids

d) Micronutrients

5. Which of the following foods has slow glucose release?

a) Legumes

b) Fruit

c) Dessert

d) Carbonated drinks

6.  Why is glucose important for brain health?

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7. How do proteins and amino acids affect how we think and behave?

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The Creators

Educator  -  Mia Nacamulli

Animator and Director - Chris Boyle

 

Early forensics and crime-solving chemists


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In a CSI age, we take forensic science for granted. New York did not have a medical examiner or forensic toxicologist until 1918, whose eventual arrival changed the landscape of crime investigation forever. At TEDYouth 2012, Deborah Blum prompts the audience to solve crimes with chemistry.

Watch a video about Early forensics and crime-solving chemists and choose the correct answers.

1. In 1918, New York City issued a report saying that smart poisoners could operate with ______ in the city.

A) the heaviest consequences
B) impunity
C) secret collaborators
D) devilish charm

2. In what year did New York City appoint its first trained medical examiner?

A) 1918
B) 1879
C) 1942
D) 2010

3. Why is arsenic trioxide the most famous homicidal poison in history?

A) It was readily available at pharmacies and grocery stores
B) It was used to color foods, making it a staple in most kitchens
C) It was in used in the production of some cosmetics
D) All of the above

4. In 1930, Geller was the first person in the world to determine if a person was intoxicated at time of death. How’d he do it?

A) He set up an incredible extensive team of private investigators
B) He interviewed witnesses and relatives of the deceased to determine a set of common clues
C) He studied 6,000 brains from the morgue
D) He asked the medical examiner to estimate the most influential cause of death

5. What happened to the young woman living in the tenement house in the in the 1923 death?

A) It was an accident; it was caused by illuminating gas
B) Her husband strangled her for the life insurance policy
C) She fell out of the building
D) She accidentally ingested arsenic trioxide

6. What big problems can chemistry help you solve?

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The Creators
Deborah Blum 
Educator

How playing sports benefits your body … and your brain


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The victory of the underdog. The last minute penalty shot that wins the tournament. The training montage. Many people love to glorify victory on the field, cheer for teams, and play sports. But should we be obsessed with sports? Are sports as good for us as we make them out to be, or are they just a fun and entertaining pastime?

Watch a video about playing sports and choose the correct answers.

1. Around what age does bone density begin to decrease?

A) 15
B) 21
C) 30
D) 60

2. Exercising increases the rush of endorphins, which lead to feelings of:

A) Anger
B) Depression
C) Euphoria
D) Exhaustion

3. Experiencing defeat as an athlete can be tough, but critical for building:

A) Muscle
B) Friendship
C) Memories
D) Resilience

4. Which of the following is an effect of cardiovascular exercise?

A) Reduction of bad cholesterol
B) Lower blood pressure
C) Decreased risk of heart attack
D) Decreased risk of diabetes
E) All of the above

5. Being on a sports team means learning to trust and depend on others, accept and give help, and work together towards a common goal. Therefore, being on a team can lead to:

A) Making new friends
B) Feeling alone
C) Sparking competition with enemies
D) Disliking the coach

6. Playing sports, or exercise in general, increases endorphins. What benefits do increased endorphins offer?

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The Creators


Leah Lagos 
Educator

Jaspal Ricky Singh
Educator


Mia Nacamulli
Script Editor

Serin Inan 
Director

Tolga Yildiz 
Director

Serin Inan 
Producer

Tolga Yildiz 
Designer

Tuncay Cetin 
Animator

Cem Misirlioglu
Composer

Brooks Ball 
Composer

Why is Mount Everest so tall?


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At 8,850 meters above sea level, Qomolangma, also known as Mount Everest, has the highest altitude on the planet. But how did this towering formation get so tall? Let’s peer deep into our planet’s crust, where continental plates collide, to find the answer.

Watch a video about Mount Everest and choose the correct answers.

1. Pieces of the Earth’s crust move:

A) Over each other
B) Under each other
C) Around each other
D) All of the above

2. What forces shape mountains?

A) Uplift
B) Weathering
C) Erosion
D) All of the above

3. How does continental uplift occur?

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4. Mount Everest is:

A) The snowiest peak on the planet
B) The tallest mountain from base to summit on the planet, at 10,200 meters
C) The mountain with the highest altitude on the planet, at 8,850 meters
D) Known as Qomolangma
E) Both C and D

5.  When two plates collide, such as the Indian and Eurasian Plates, what occurs to accommodate the extra crust?

A) Subsidence
B) Uplift
C) Weathering
D) Formation of glaciers

6. What best gives a mountain its shape?

A) The balance between uplift and erosion
B) The climate
C) The flora and fauna on the mountain
D) The tectonic plate it is located on
E) Its latitude

7. Which factor(s), along with time, affect the shape of a mountain?

A) Gravity
B) Water
C) Erosion rate
D) A and B only
E) All of the above

8. Snowline occurs at different heights around the planet due to differences in:

A) Plate boundaries
B) Weathering and erosion
C) Climate
D) Weather

9. What is the relationship between mountain slope (or steepness) and glacial flow?

A) As a mountain increases in steepness, glaciers flow faster
B) As a mountain decreases in steepness, glaciers flow faster
C) There is no relationship between how steep a mountain is and glacial movement

10.  Summarize all the factors that make Mount Everest so tall.

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The Creators :

Michele Koppes
Educator

Emma Bryce 
Script Editor

Iuri Araújo 
Director

Iuri Araújo 
Animator

Guilherme Araújo
Director

Guilherme Araújo
Animator

Cem Misirlioglu
Sound Designer

The otherworldly creatures in the ocean’s deepest depths


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About 60 percent of the ocean is a cold, dark region that spans down to 11,000 meters. This zone is known as the deep ocean, and though it seems like an inhospitable and remote corner of the planet, it is actually one of the greatest habitats on Earth. Let’s  explore how so many species thrive in this mysterious underwater world.

Watch a video about the deep sea creatures and choose the correct answers.

1.  At which depth does photosynthesis generally stop?

A) 50m
B) 200m
C) 1000m
D) 11000m

2. The “Azoic theory” states that:

A) There is no life in the deep sea
B) Life is only possible until 1000 m
C) Animals cannot adapt to great depths
D) Only giant squids can live in the deep sea

3. Which adaptation is commonly observed in deep sea animals?

A) Swimming against the current
B) Swimming sack
C) Bioluminescence
D) Lack of legs

4. How big can a giant squid be?

A) 15m
B) 18m
C) 23m
D) 45m

5. Which animals are typical deep sea animals?

A) Polar bears and seals
B) Killer whales and clown fish
C) Angler fish and spider crabs
D) Penguins and sea elephants

6. Which other adaptations might deep sea animals have?

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7.  Do you think animals from the deep sea could survive when brought up to the surface?

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The Creators :
Lidia Lins Pereira  /  Educator
Emma Bryce  / Script Editor
Viviane Leezer / Director
Viviane Leezer / Animator
Stephen LaRosa / Composer