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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.

New Rules Would OK Internet Fast Lanes

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Draw students into the debate about net neutrality with this PBS NewsHour video and educational materials from May 16, 2014. Putting the widely cherished principle of net neutrality at stake, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 to allow broadband providers to charge for faster access in how online content is prioritized and delivered. 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.

How Computers Learned to Beat Atari Video Games

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Dive into the world of artificial intelligence with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from February 25, 2015.

Doctors Need Cheaper, Faster Ways to Detect Ebola Virus

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See what is being done to update diagnostic tests used in the fight against Ebola with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from June 5, 2015.