Chiara's Cool Coast

where the coast meets the sea of knowledge

September 4, 2016
by chiara2014
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BtN “5 dollar note”

Three facts I learnt were that the old note has a  little window, a seven pointed star you can only see when you hold it up to the light and micro-printing, really small words you normally need a magnifying glass to see.Two understandings I had were that the note looks better with the new design and the new note helps blind people which is a great idea. Something I’m wondering is that why are they changing what the notes look like?

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August 28, 2016
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BtN “Olympic Success”

Three facts I learnt were that twelve million dollars were spent towards getting a gold medal. The US doesn’t fund any of its athletes, instead they rely on sponsorship and donations for the money to get their athletes gold medals. We finished 4th when we hosted the games in Sydney in 2000. Two understandings I had were that Australia must be very competitive in the Olympics and the government could have put that money on hospitals. Something I’m wondering is why does Australia want the medals so badly?

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August 21, 2016
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BtN “Moon Exploration”

Three facts I learnt were that in the last 47 years, mankind has walked on the moon and Moon Express wants to set up a mine on the moon and it would collect minerals that are rare on earth like Tantalum, a strong metal used to make electronics. Also, back in the 1960’s, the United Nations created the Outer Space Treaty. It says that space belongs to everyone and any country can explore it, but people aren’t allowed to damage any part of the space environment and no one can use it to set up super weapons of mass destruction, like the death star. Two understandings I had were that having private companies are a good idea but it could be harmful for the environment and people should not destroy the moon for mining. Something I’m wondering is what other vegetables can be grown on the moon? 

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July 20, 2016
by chiara2014
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BtN “seed bank”

I believe that the seed bank is very useful and is definitely not a waste of money.

Firstly, a natural disaster could occur and wipe out all off the wheat or any other plant used for food and all humans and lots of animals would become extinct. During the first half of each year between 1998 and 2007, the average number of disasters recorded was 380. So far in 2008, 400 disasters have been reported and the numbers are still rising! So, what would you do if that happened? You’d use the seed bank, of course! That’s why the seed bank is NOT a waste of money.

Secondly, many useful kinds of plants aren’t being grown by farmers anymore, and they could be a valuable source of vitamins. Over the past 35 years, obesity rates have more than doubled.  The average American is more than 24 pounds heavier today than in 1960. Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled since 1980. So it’s vital to have a natural source of vitamins. That’s why the seed bank is defiantly not a waste of money.

Lastly, the seed bank holds rare and endangered species of plants that one day could become extinct. Lots of life has been extinct for many years and this number keeps growing. All life on this planet deserves to still have their kind on the only planet that has life on it. It would be awful to end up having no planets on the solar system that have any form of life on it.

In conclusion, the seed bank is important and it is definitely NOT a waste of money.

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July 14, 2016
by chiara2014
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BtN “Concussion Campaign”

Three facts I learnt were there are 100,000 sports-related concussions in Australia each year, the number of people admitted to hospital for them has risen by about 60 per cent in the past decade and your brain actually sits in liquid inside your skull. Two understandings I had were concussion is very bad and It can be quite dangerous. Something I’m wondering is why are concussions so common?

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June 21, 2016
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BtN “Brexit”

Three facts I learned were  the UK joined the EU more than 40 years ago,
there are 28 members of the EU and 
no member state has ever left the Union. Two understandings I had was the EU was designed to help Europe and the EU has a lot of countries in it.  Something I’m wondering is, is Britain in Europe?

 

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June 15, 2016
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BtN “Animal Testing”

Three facts I learned were that people around the world spend more than 250 billion dollars on gels, sprays and pastes and companies test them on animals, like rats, rabbits, dogs, cats and guinea pigs. Also, there are a number of alternatives to testing products on animals, like people donating tissue samples, testing on artificial skin and body parts in a lab, or simply using ingredients that are already known to be safe. Two understandings I have are animals don’t deserve to be hurt and they are doing a good thing about banning it. A question I’m left with is why do people test products on animals not people? click here to see the BtN I watched.

May 24, 2016
by chiara2014
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BtN: “Mangrove Warning”

Three facts I learned were that Australia is home to tens of thousands of kilometres of mangroves, they naturally filter the water that travels out to sea and Mangroves store up to five times more carbon than a regular forest. Two understandings I had were I think Mangroves are important to the environment and they should not be dying out. A question I was left with was why don’t we grow more of these beautiful trees? To see the BTN I watched click here!

May 18, 2016
by chiara2014
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BtN: “What is Democracy?”

Three facts I learned were Saudi Arabia and Qatar are an absolute monarchy and North Korea and Zimbabwe are considered dictatorships. Also, Democracy is a mash up of two Greek words, Demos meaning people and Kratos meaning power or rule. Some understandings I had were that We’re lucky to live in a country where we have the right to voice our opinions and Democracy is very common. A question I was left with was why do some countries use dictatorship? To see the video I watched click here!

May 11, 2016
by chiara2014
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BtN “Eye Issues”

Three facts I learned is with 3 to 5 hours of bright light each day fewer children become short sighted,  light releases a chemical called dopamine in our bodies which can stop or slow nearsightedness and four out of every five kids leaving high school have short sighted or myopia. Two understandings I had were that having this eye condition is common and can be treated with glasses. I question I’m left with is why don’t people get enough sunlight?

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