by Robert Oppenheimer
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Chernobyl: Interviews From Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area
- Interviews That Matter
A journalist from Interviews That Matter speaks with a survivor of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 in Ukraine. The interviewee paints a haunting picture of the devastated area then and now.Pair “Chernobyl: Interviews From Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” with “Speech to the Association of Los Alamos Scientists” and ask students to discuss the consequences of nuclear energy. How is nuclear energy dangerous, even when it’s not used as a weapon? How do students think Robert Oppenheimer would react to the disaster at Chernobyl?
Cutting the Cords: How Wireless Charging Will Keep Toxic Waste Out Of Landfills
- Brian Clark Howard
In the informational text “Cutting the Cords: How Wireless Charging Will Keep Toxic Waste Out Of Landfills,” Brian Clark Howard discusses the potential benefits of using wireless charging devices.Pair “Cutting the Cords: How Wireless Charging Will Keep Toxic Waste Out of Landfills” with “Speech to the Association of Los Alamos Scientists” and ask students to discuss how advances in science and technology can be detrimental to humans and the environment. Do students think it is the responsibility of scientists to consider the wide-spread and long-term effects of their discoveries?
The Decision to Drop the Bomb
In the informational text “The Decision to Drop the Bomb,” USHistory.org discusses Harry Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan during World War II.Pair “The Decision to Drop the Bomb” with “Speech to the Association of Los Alamos Scientists” to provide students with additional information about the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ask students to discuss why America developed the bombs and their decision to use them. Do students think that Robert Oppenheimer would have agreed to work on the project if he knew the full ramifications of the bombs?