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Striking a Balance Between New and Old in Havana

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Find out why the unique architecture of Havana may be threatened by new development with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from June 16, 2015.

Saving Syrian Culture Under Siege

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Learn about efforts to protect Syria's cultural heritage with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from May 19, 2015.

Graffiti Artists Take to the Streets of Brazil to Combat Violence Against Women

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Brazilian street artists used the spotlight of the World Cup to highlight a problem close to home - domestic abuse. Use this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource to let your students explore this story from July 15, 2014.

Will Development Overshadow Myanmar’s Rich Cultural History?

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Let students learn about the culture of Myanmar and its attempts at modernization with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resources from April 17, 2014. There is no urban landscape like Myanmar’s Yangon city in the world. Largely isolated from the rest of the world for decades, Myanmar's capital city has been frozen in time, filled with temples and grand buildings from the colonial era. But as the country embraces a more open society, how will it manage to preserve its past while building its future? For further background and materials to support student understanding of the issue see the Teacher’s Guide, Student Handout, and Informational Text in Support Materials below.

Chinese Artist Creates New Terra-Cotta Army

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In the 1970s, Chinese farmers discovered hundreds of warrior statues made of terra cotta in an ancient burial chamber that had been around for thousands of years. Those so-called "terra-cotta warriors" have toured the world's museums and fascinated anthropologists for decades, and now a Chinese artist is crafting a new army of terra-cotta warriors for future generations to unearth. Video and teacher's guide from PBS NewsHour Extra.

3D Technology Rebuilds Artifacts Destroyed by ISIS

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Learn about the 3D solution to ancient artifacts stolen and destroyed by ISIS with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from August 23, 2015.

The Re-Creation of the Globe Theater

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Learn about the re-creation of Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London and consider how architecture can affect the craft of performance.

Picasso, Matisse Masterpieces Uncovered in Munich after 70 Years in Hiding

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This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 7th, 2013.

A trove of art valued at $1.4 billion were recovered after being hidden in a Munich apartment for more than 70 years. 

Consumers Speak Up on Net Neutrality

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Discover how the net neutrality debate could affect consumers with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from September 15, 2014.

Scientists Develop Ebola-fighting Robots

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Dive into the technology scientists are developing to fight viruses with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from March 26, 2015.

‘Talking Cars’ Could Prevent Accidents Before They Happen

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In recent years, car companies have used technology to make cars safer. Now, the U.S. Department of Transportation is considering making features that were previously optional standard. One of these advances is automatic braking. Experts suggest that it could prevent accidents and save lives. Other technologies discussed include vehicle to vehicle communication and the "connected car".

Kenya Takes on E-Waste Problem

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Used electronics are one of the fastest growing sources of waste globally, and it is estimated that 15,000 tons of used computers and mobile phones are shipped to Kenya every year. Today, Kenya is trying to tackle the problem by building the country’s first electronics recycling hub.

Use these PBS NewsHour resources to inform students about the massive e-waste challenge created by the United States and other developed nations and how countries like Kenya are capitalizing on it.

Young Innovators Jumpstart Tech in Pakistan

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Find out how tech startups are changing Pakistan with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from May 25, 2015.

How Will Robots Affect Your Career Options?

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Find out how artificial intelligence could impact the future workforce with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from May 20, 2015.

How Does a Computer Diagnose Cancer?

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Discover how strides in artificial intelligence assist doctors with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from May 12, 2015.

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