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Northern Lights - Posted by Param


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Goa



What are the Northern Lights?

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What are the Northern Lights?

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Atmosphere | Mythology | Science | Space | Weather

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Rainbows - Posted by Shantanu Thaker


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: India



Why does the rainbow have only seven colours?

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Why does the rainbow have only seven colours?

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colours | rainbow | Science

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Flies and Mice - Posted by Daniel Suarez


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Colombia



What is the function of flies and mice within their ecosystems?

Para que existen las moscas y los ratones? (Big Question originally submitted in Spanish).

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What is the function of flies and mice within their ecosystems?

Para que existen las moscas y los ratones? (Big Question originally submitted in Spanish).

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Biology | Ecology | Environment | Science | Spanish

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Evolution - Posted by Laila Virani


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Texas



What is the process of evolution?

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What is the process of evolution?

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Biology | Evolution | natural history | Science

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Landforms: How do they change over time?


  Author - School in the Cloud



How and why do landforms change over time?

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How and why do landforms change over time?

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Earth | Geography | Geology | Landforms | Nature | Science

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Living on other Planets


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Can we live on a different planet?

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Can we live on a different planet?

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Human Beings | Humans | Life | Planets | Science | Space | Universe

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Email: How are they sent?


  Author - School in the Cloud



How does an email travel from one device to another?

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How does an email travel from one device to another?

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Computer Science | Digital Technology | Email | Physics | Science | Technology

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The world is flat?


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Why did people used to think that the world was flat?

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Why did people used to think that the world was flat?

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Earth | History | Physics | Science

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Benjamin Franklin: Kite Experiment


  Author - School in the Cloud



How has Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment changed our lives?

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How has Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment changed our lives?

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Benjamin Franklin | Electricity | Experiments | History | Kites | Science | USA

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Water: Where does it come from?


  Author - James Stanfield



Where does water come from?

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Where does water come from?

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Chemistry | Science | Space | Water

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Universe: How did it start?


  Author - James Stanfield



How did the universe start?

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How did the universe start?

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Origins of Life | Science | Space | Universe

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Time: When did it start?


  Author - School in the Cloud



When did time begin?

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When did time begin?

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Hydro Electric: Is it benefical to the environment?


  Author - School in the Cloud



Is hydro electric power beneficial for the environment?

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Is hydro electric power beneficial for the environment?

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Alternative Energy | Climate | Climate Change | Electricity | Energy | Environment | Global Warming | Hydro Electric | Science | Sustainability

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Breathing Underwater


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why can’t humans breathe underwater?

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Why can’t humans breathe underwater?

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Biology | Breathing | Science | Water

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Life on Mars


  Author - School in the Cloud



If you were to find life on Mars, what do you think it would look like?

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If you were to find life on Mars, what do you think it would look like?

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Astronomy | Life | Mars | Planets | Science | Space | Universe

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Clothes: How do they dry in the sun?


  Author - School in the Cloud



If water boils at 100 degrees Celsius, how do clothes dry in the sun?

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If water boils at 100 degrees Celsius, how do clothes dry in the sun?

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Clothes | Science | Sun

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Rainbows: How are they formed?


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How is rainbow formed?

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How is rainbow formed?

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Climate | Nature | Physics | Rainbows | Science | Weather

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Water: Why does it pass through a sieve?


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why does water pass through a sieve?

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Why does water pass through a sieve?

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Chemistry | Physics | Science | Sieve | Water

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Climate Change: How should we address it?


  Author - School in the Cloud



How should we address climate change?

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How should we address climate change?

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Climate | Climate Change | Earth | Environment | Geography | Global Warming | Science | Social Studies

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Bee Population Decline


  Author - School in the Cloud



What factors are causing the bee populations to decline?

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What factors are causing the bee populations to decline?

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Animals | Bees | Insects | Nature | Population | Science

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Invention: Making life easier for people


  Author - School in the Cloud



If you could invent something that would make life easier for people, what would it be?

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If you could invent something that would make life easier for people, what would it be?

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Innovation | Inventions | Life | Science

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Air: A poor conductor of heat?


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why is air a poor conductor of heat?

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Why is air a poor conductor of heat?

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Air | Environment | Heat | Physics | Science

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Snowflakes


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Why is each snowflake unique?

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Why is each snowflake unique?

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Exploration: Safety and Risks


  Author - School in the Cloud



What is the threshold between safety and risk for exploration?

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What is the threshold between safety and risk for exploration?

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Ethics | Exploration | Risk | Science

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A World without Trees


  Author - School in the Cloud



What would happen if all the trees in the world disappeared?

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What would happen if all the trees in the world disappeared?

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Earth | Environment | Science | Trees

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Living Underwater


  Author - School in the Cloud



What do you think would be most exciting about living underwater?

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What do you think would be most exciting about living underwater?

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Exploration | Life | Living | Science | Water

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Teeth


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why do we have two sets of teeth – milk and permanent?

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Why do we have two sets of teeth – milk and permanent?

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Biology | Human Body | Science | Teeth

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Learning from Other Cultures


  Author - School in the Cloud



How can learning about other cultures help our society?

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How can learning about other cultures help our society?

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Culture | Education | Learning | Science | Social Science | Sociology

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Safe Tan?


  Author - School in the Cloud



Is there ever such a thing as a safe tan?

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Is there ever such a thing as a safe tan?

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Biology | Health | Science | Sun | Tanning

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Time: What is it?


  Author - School in the Cloud



What is time?

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What is time?

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Physics | Science | Time

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Water: Why do we need it?


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why do we need water to survive?

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Why do we need water to survive?

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Biology | Climate | Environment | Life | Science | Water

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Oxygen: Why do we need it?


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Why do we need oxygen?

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Why do we need oxygen?

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Biology | Chemistry | Oxygen | Science

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The Sun: What would happen is it went out?


  Author - School in the Cloud



What would happen if the sun went out?

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What would happen if the sun went out?

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Astronomy | Climate | Earth | Environment | Science | Solar System | Sun | Weather

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Crunchy Salt, Chewy Gum


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why is salt crunchy? Why is gum chewy?

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Why is salt crunchy? Why is gum chewy?

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Chemistry | Food | Salt | Science

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Why People Learn


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Why do people learn?

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Why do people learn?

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Education | Learning | Neuroscience | Pedagogy | People | Philosophy | Science

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Electricity: Where does it come from?


  Author - School in the Cloud



Where does electricity come from?

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Where does electricity come from?

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Electricity | Physics | Science

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Function of Bees?


  Author - School in the Cloud



What’s the function of bees in the world?

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What’s the function of bees in the world?

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Bees | Biology | Insects | Nature | Science

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Red Sun at Sunset


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why does sun look reddish during the sunset and not yellow as it is during rest of the day?

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Why does sun look reddish during the sunset and not yellow as it is during rest of the day?

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Astronomy | Geography | Science | Sun

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Salt in Salt Water


  Author - School in the Cloud



Where does the salt go when salt water turns into water vapor?

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Where does the salt go when salt water turns into water vapor?

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Environment | Salt | Science | Water

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The Universe: How Big?


  Author - School in the Cloud



How big is the universe?

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How big is the universe?

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Science | Size | Space | Universe

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Water - Down the Plug Hole


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Why does the water go down the plug hole in opposite directions at each end of the planet?

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Why does the water go down the plug hole in opposite directions at each end of the planet?

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Anti-cyclonic | Cyclonic | Earth | Magnetism | Science | Water

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Science - Why do we need it?


  Author - Indigo Admin



Why do we need science?

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Why do we need science?

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Science

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Time Travel


  Author - School in the Cloud



Is time travel possible?

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Is time travel possible?

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Science | Space | Time | Time Travel

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Eating Junk Food


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why do we still eat junk food even when we know that it is bad for us?

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Why do we still eat junk food even when we know that it is bad for us?

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Biology | Diet | Food | Health | Nutrition | Science | Sociology

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One side of the Moon


  Author - School in the Cloud



How come we can see just one side of the moon?

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How come we can see just one side of the moon?

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Astronomy | Moon | Planets | Science | Space | Universe

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Flocks of Birds in Flight


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How do flocks of birds in flight all move at exactly the same time?

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How do flocks of birds in flight all move at exactly the same time?

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Animals | Birds | Flight | Nature | Science

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Sustainable Life On Earth


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Is life on Earth sustainable?

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Is life on Earth sustainable?

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Earth | Life | Science | Sustainability

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Falling Things


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Why do things fall?

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Why do things fall?

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Gravity | Physics | Science

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Water on Earth and in Humans


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Is it more than a numerical co-incidence that 70% of the earth is WATER and as much is the composition of water in the human body.

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Is it more than a numerical co-incidence that 70% of the earth is WATER and as much is the composition of water in the human body.

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Biology | Chemistry | Earth | Evolution | Geology | Human Beings | Human Body | Science | Water

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Best Healthy Diet


  Author - School in the Cloud



What is the best diet to be healthy?

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What is the best diet to be healthy?

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Diet | Food | Health | Nutrition | Science

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Most Important Human Organ


  Author - School in the Cloud



Which is the most important organ of the body?

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Which is the most important organ of the body?

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Biology | Human Organs | Science

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Life: Is it real?


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How do we know that we are real?

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How do we know that we are real?

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Life | Life Science | Philosophy | Physics | Science

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Before the Universe


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What existed before the universe began?

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What existed before the universe began?

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Astronomy | Astrophysics | Galaxies | Science | Space | Universe

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Identifying a Living Thing


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How can we tell if something is a “living thing”?

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How can we tell if something is a “living thing”?

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Biology | Life | Life Science | Organisms | Science

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Nuclear Energy powering vehicles


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why cant we use nuclear energy to power individual vehicles and make them work?

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Why cant we use nuclear energy to power individual vehicles and make them work?

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Cars | Energy | Nuclear Energy | Science | Vehicles

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Graphs


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How do graphs help us see data quickly?

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How do graphs help us see data quickly?

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Engineering | Graphs | Maths | Science

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Geographic Regions


  Author - School in the Cloud



How does the geographic region of where you live affect you?

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How does the geographic region of where you live affect you?

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Geography | Science | Social Science | Social Studies

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Cultural Knowledge or Science


  Author - School in the Cloud



Is what we read cultural knowledge or science?

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Is what we read cultural knowledge or science?

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Cognition | Culture | Knowledge | Literacy | Literature | Reading | Science

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Extraordinary developments in Medicine


  Author - School in the Cloud



How is it that extraordinary developments have taken place in the world of medicine but remain to be seen in the world of education?

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How is it that extraordinary developments have taken place in the world of medicine but remain to be seen in the world of education?

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Health | Medical Science | Medicine | Pedagogy | Science

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Being Scarred


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why does your body becomes stiff when scared?

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Why does your body becomes stiff when scared?

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Brains | Human Behaviour | Human Body | Neuroscience | Science

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Expansion of the Universe


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why is the expansion of the universe accelerating?

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Why is the expansion of the universe accelerating?

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Galaxies | Science | Space | Universe

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Altitude


  Author - School in the Cloud



Does altitude impact human gas production?

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Does altitude impact human gas production?

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Altitude | Biology | Chemistry | Geology | Human Beings | Humans | Physics | Science

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Butterflies


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why do butterflies fly?

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Why do butterflies fly?

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Butterflies | Insects | Nature | Science

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Dark Matter


  Author - School in the Cloud



Does dark matter really exist?

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Does dark matter really exist?

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Astrophysics | Matter | Physics | Quantum Mechanics | Relativity | Science | Universe

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Shape of Planets


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why are planets round?

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Why are planets round?

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Earth | Planets | Science | Space | Universe

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Can eating food effect the climate


  Author - School in the Cloud



In how many ways the food you eat everyday can effect the climate change?

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In how many ways the food you eat everyday can effect the climate change?

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Agriculture | Biodiversity | Climate | Environment | Food | Global Warming | Science

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Sleeping Humans


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why do humans sleep?

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Why do humans sleep?

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Biology | Human Beings | Humans | Science | Sleep | Sociology

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Snowflakes


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Can snowflakes have an identical twin?

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Can snowflakes have an identical twin?

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Climate | Science | Snowflakes | Weather

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Measuring Pain


  Author - School in the Cloud



How can we truly measure someone else’s pain?

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How can we truly measure someone else’s pain?

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Brains | Health | Neuroscience | Pain | Science

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Sixth Sense


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why we say that animals do not have a sixth sense? But why do we have it?

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Why we say that animals do not have a sixth sense? But why do we have it?

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Biology | Evolution | Science | Senses

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Law of Physics


  Author - School in the Cloud



Who wrote the laws of physics?

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Who wrote the laws of physics?

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Physics | Science

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You and Your Mind


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What is the difference between you and your mind?

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What is the difference between you and your mind?

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Biology | Brains | Neuroscience | Philosophy | Science

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Traditional Schooling - increasing brain stress response


  Author - School in the Cloud



What is the evidence that traditional schooling increases the brain’s stress response?

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What is the evidence that traditional schooling increases the brain’s stress response?

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Brains | Education | Neuroscience | Science

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Colour of the Sky


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why is the sky blue?

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Why is the sky blue?

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Colour | Science | Sky

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Lasers


  Author - School in the Cloud



What is a laser?

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What is a laser?

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Light | Physics | Science

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Creating Life


  Author - School in the Cloud



Can humans create life?

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Can humans create life?

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Biology | Ethics | Life | Philosophy | Religion | Science

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How do we get Happy


  Author - School in the Cloud



What makes you happy ?

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What makes you happy ?

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Emotions | Happiness | Human Behaviour | Science

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Rainbows in the sky


  Author - School in the Cloud



How does rainbow get formed in the sky?

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How does rainbow get formed in the sky?

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Climate | Environment | Rainbows | Science | Weather

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Love


  Author - School in the Cloud



What is love?

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What is love?

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Emotions | Human Behaviour | Science

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Animal Intelligence


  Author - School in the Cloud



Are tests of animal intelligence accurate?

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Are tests of animal intelligence accurate?

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Animals | Biology | Intelligence | Science

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Levitation


  Author - School in the Cloud



Can you levitate something using only your thoughts?

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Can you levitate something using only your thoughts?

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Brains | Levitation | Science

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Colour of Flowers


  Author - School in the Cloud



How do flowers get their colors?

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How do flowers get their colors?

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Biology | Botany | Colour | Flowers | Plants | Science

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Our Existance - why are we here?


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Why are we here?

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Why are we here?

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Life | Origins of Life | Philosophy | Science

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Air that we breathe


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why can’t we see the air we breathe around us?

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Why can’t we see the air we breathe around us?

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Air | Biology | Matter | Science

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Life - What is it?


  Author - School in the Cloud



What is life?

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What is life?

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Biology | Evolution | Science

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Human Body - How does it Work?


  Author - School in the Cloud



How does our body work with such precise synchrony?

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How does our body work with such precise synchrony?

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Anatomy | Biology | Human Beings | Human Organs | Physiology | Science

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Food Chain and Toxins


  Author - School in the Cloud



What would happen to the food chain if toxins are ingested by the ones at the bottom?

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What would happen to the food chain if toxins are ingested by the ones at the bottom?

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Biology | Environment | Food | Science | Toxicity | Toxins

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Flame Colours


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why do flames have different colors?

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Why do flames have different colors?

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Fire | Flames | Science

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Growing Up


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why do we have to grow up?

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Why do we have to grow up?

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Ageing | Biology | Science

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Colour - What is it?


  Author - School in the Cloud



What is color?

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What is color?

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Colour | Physics | Science

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End of the Rainbow


  Author - School in the Cloud



When can you see the end of a rainbow?

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When can you see the end of a rainbow?

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Rainbows | Science

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Magnetic Automobiles


  Author - School in the Cloud



If the metal bodies of all Automobiles were magnetized and were of a similar polarity , can Auto Accidents be avoided as the vehicles will repel each other?

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If the metal bodies of all Automobiles were magnetized and were of a similar polarity , can Auto Accidents be avoided as the vehicles will repel each other?

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Accidents | Automobiles | Cars | Magnetism | Science

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Human Thinking


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why do we think?

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Why do we think?

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Biology | Brains | Humans | Neuroscience | Science

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Transforming Mars into a Habitable Planet


  Author - School in the Cloud



What are the simplest and most achievable methods for the human race to transform Mars back into a habitable planet?

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What are the simplest and most achievable methods for the human race to transform Mars back into a habitable planet?

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Planets | Science | Space | Universe

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Ave Maria on a Stradivarius or a Cecilio?


  Author - School in the Cloud



Does “Ave Maria” sound better when played on a Stradivarius or a Cecilio, and what exactly causes a difference in our ears?

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Does “Ave Maria” sound better when played on a Stradivarius or a Cecilio, and what exactly causes a difference in our ears?

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History | Music | Science

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Cause of things moving?


  Author - School in the Cloud



What causes things to move?

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What causes things to move?

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Movement | Science

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Global Warming Debate


  Author - School in the Cloud



If science by its very nature can never be settled, then how can the debate regarding global warming be settled?

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If science by its very nature can never be settled, then how can the debate regarding global warming be settled?

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Climate | Climate Change | Environment | Global Warming | Science

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How brains control mobility


  Author - School in the Cloud



How does our brain enable us to move?

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How does our brain enable us to move?

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Biology | Brains | Mobility | Neuroscience | Physiology | Science

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Remembering Things


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why do we remember some things but not others?

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Why do we remember some things but not others?

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Brains | Memory | Neuroscience | Science

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Plants dying


  Author - School in the Cloud



What would happen if all the plants died?

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What would happen if all the plants died?

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Nature | Plants | Science

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Importance of Genes


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why are genes important? Can we change our genes during our lifetime?

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Why are genes important? Can we change our genes during our lifetime?

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Genetics | Science

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Importance of Genes


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Why are genes important? Can we change our genes during our lifetime?

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Why are genes important? Can we change our genes during our lifetime?

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Biology | Genetics | Science

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Mediation


  Author - School in the Cloud



Does meditation help us become better human beings?Or is it just religion by a different name?

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Does meditation help us become better human beings?Or is it just religion by a different name?

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Human Beings | Mediation | Neuroscience | Religion | Science

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Sugar - Affect on Brain


  Author - School in the Cloud



How does sugar affect our brains?

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How does sugar affect our brains?

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Biology | Brains | Science | Sugar

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Human Blood


  Author - School in the Cloud



Can any scientist make human blood?

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Can any scientist make human blood?

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Biology | Human Beings | Humans | Science

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Landslide Risk and Hazard


  Author - School in the Cloud



How do we communicate landslide ‘risk’ and ‘hazard’ to those living with landslides, and how can science learn from these peoples experiences?

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How do we communicate landslide ‘risk’ and ‘hazard’ to those living with landslides, and how can science learn from these peoples experiences?

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Environment | Geography | Hazard | Landslides | Risk | Science

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Dung Beetles


  Author - School in the Cloud



How do dung beetles carry 100 times over their weight?

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How do dung beetles carry 100 times over their weight?

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Animals | Dung Beetles | Nature | Science

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Speed of Light


  Author - School in the Cloud



If the flash runs faster than the speed of light how can he see where he’s running?

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If the flash runs faster than the speed of light how can he see where he’s running?

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Comic Characters | Science

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Accents in Animals?


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People speak with different accents, do animals?

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People speak with different accents, do animals?

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Unlimited Energy?


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If energy can’t be destroyed and can only be created or transferred, does the universe have a limit to the amount it Can hold?

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If energy can’t be destroyed and can only be created or transferred, does the universe have a limit to the amount it Can hold?

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Immortality


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How Do you become immortal?

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How Do you become immortal?

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Hearing Sound


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Why can you hear sound around corners but not see around corners?

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Why can you hear sound around corners but not see around corners?

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Paper Robots?


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Could you make a robot out of paper?

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Could you make a robot out of paper?

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If Brains were Connected to the Internet


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If our brains become connected to the internet (enhancing the speed of our intelligence), we live to be more than 120 years old, and most jobs can be done by machines, how will we spend our lives? What kind of worlds will we build?

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If our brains become connected to the internet (enhancing the speed of our intelligence), we live to be more than 120 years old, and most jobs can be done by machines, how will we spend our lives? What kind of worlds will we build?

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Water Consumption


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How much water do you really use every day?

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How much water do you really use every day?

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Time Travel


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If you could travel into the future and our education system was “the best it can be”, what would that look like? What would that feel like? How would your life as a student be different from today?

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If you could travel into the future and our education system was “the best it can be”, what would that look like? What would that feel like? How would your life as a student be different from today?

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Bees - Honey


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How do bees help make honey?

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How do bees help make honey?

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Universe - Brain Cells


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Could the universe we inhabit be part of a larger a mind, simply the brain cell of another living creature?

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Could the universe we inhabit be part of a larger a mind, simply the brain cell of another living creature?

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Infinite Universe


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Is the universe infinite?

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Is the universe infinite?

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The Weather


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What is weather?

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What is weather?

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Stars


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How can we be guided by the stars?

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How can we be guided by the stars?

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Seeing Colour


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How do people see color?

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How do people see color?

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Salty Water


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How water becomes more salty?

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How water becomes more salty?

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Problems


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What is a “problem”?

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What is a “problem”?

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Trees


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Why are trees important?

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Why are trees important?

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TED Lab - Chandrakona

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TED Lab - Chandrakona

As if by magic


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  Location: Chandrakona



Some people think what happens in a SOLE is a little bit magic; they might well be right. But if you happen to drop by the Chandrakona lab lately, magic is exactly what you’ll see.

When faced with a science question they couldn’t answer these Indian children did what comes naturally to them: look to the Internet for help.

A small group of boys turned to YouTube to teach themselves about chemical reaction and science so they could learn magic tricks to perform for their ‘Grannies’ over Skype.

And as their next session approached,

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Some people think what happens in a SOLE is a little bit magic; they might well be right. But if you happen to drop by the Chandrakona lab lately, magic is exactly what you’ll see.

When faced with a science question they couldn’t answer these Indian children did what comes naturally to them: look to the Internet for help.

A small group of boys turned to YouTube to teach themselves about chemical reaction and science so they could learn magic tricks to perform for their ‘Grannies’ over Skype.

And as their next session approached, they gathered the materials they needed to take to the lab: one water bottle, a rubber balloon, a funnel, a little baking powder and some vinegar and water.

Firstly, they filled a quarter of the bottle with water. Then they put some baking powder into the balloon using the funnel. After they had put the funnel onto the water bottle and mixed the vinegar in the water, they were ready. “Now we will show the magic,” they said. “The magic is the balloon will blow up automatically.”

The boys then fitted the balloon onto the mouth of the bottle, causing the baking soda in the balloon to fall down into it, mixing with the water and vinegar. The balloon then automatically blows up, as predicted!

“All who were at the lab including the kids clapped when they saw the magic,” says co-ordinator Joydev Goswami. “They were very much excited because their first experiment which they had learned from YouTube was successful. They told the Granny that they had wanted to work out how to blow a balloon without air pressure.”

Those present were really impressed not only by the tricks, but by the level of understanding shown by the children about what they were doing.

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Chemical Reaction | Chemistry | Education | Learning | Magic | Science