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An Open Book

This guide covers different types of personalized genetic testing and the medical information that can or cannot be learned from such testing.

Stephen Hawking’s Legacy Will Live On

This guide reviews the life and work of Stephen Hawking and asks students to work individually or in small groups to derive equations and calculate a theoretical amount of Hawking radiation emitted by a black hole.

Mind over body

These discussion prompts focus on some of Stephen Hawking's most notable discoveries and ideas, as well as the disease that destroyed his nerve cells.

Fatal Fix

This guide explores what happens to the body during an overdose of opioids and asks students to research and summarize CDC data on opioids.

Opioid data dose

Students will work individually or in small groups to study different parts of the CDC website on opioids and summarize their findings for the class.

When drugs and body meet

These discussion prompts cover the biology and chemistry of opioids and ask students to brainstorm strategies for preventing or reversing opioid addiction.

Opioids in the archives

These questions ask students to search the Science News archive to expand their knowledge about opioid use and misuse.

Tracking opioid deaths

Questions based on the Science News article "Fatal fix" ask students about the effects of opioids and to analyze a graph of overdose deaths.

Small Intestine is First Stop for Fructose

This guide explores a variety of sugars and how they are modified in the body -- as well as how scientists follow those modifications.

Track those sugars

These discussion prompts ask students about how isotopes can be used to label and track chemical molecules, and about sugars and the enzymes they interact with.

Fructose’s many faces

Students will search the Science News archive for other stories about the role of fructose.

Following fructose through the body

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Small intestine is first stop for fructose."