This IQ2 debate from New York is centred on the Middle East and the steady advance of ISIS or the Islamic State through Syria and Northern Iraq. It features American policy maker Aaron David Miller and author Bret Stephens.
Science is in trouble. From global warming to GM foods and children's vaccinations, it seems the scientist's word is no longer Gospel. Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel laureate cell biologist and the President of the Royal Society, wants to find out why science is suddenly under attack and how scientists have responded. As part of this quest he meets some of the key protagonists; from the Professor at the heart of Climate-gate, to an HIV sufferer who denies that HIV causes AIDS and refuses to take any medication.
Antarctic Special: The sleeping giant awakes - what's happening to the world's biggest ice sheet?; mysterious creatures from the bottom of the Southern Ocean; Otto Nordenskjoeld - pioneer of Antarctica's Heroic Age.
BtN looks at what's being done to fix the environmental disaster caused by the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The situation has turned into a serious political issue. US President Barack Obama has been criticised for not showing his anger at the oil company BP. (Sarah)
There have been calls to ban vuvuzela trumpets from matches in the soccer World Cup. They are so noisy that many supporters are having to wear earplugs and some players are having trouble hearing the referee's whistle. But World Cup bosses say they won't ban them because they're part of the South African football culture. (Nathan)
BtN looks at a new study which suggests that fewer students are choosing to study Asian languages at school. The figures show that Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indonesian are increasingly being dropped by year 12 students. So, why are they less popular, and why is the Australian government so worried about the decline? (Kirsty)
Australian wildlife officials have come up with a new way to get rid of feral goats. Feral goats can be a problem because they chomp through native vegetation, which in turn can threaten the survival of some species of endangered birds. As BtN will explain the new method involves strapping tracking devices to special 'spy' goats! (Sarah)
Get your skates on! If you've ever fancied roller skating then you might be interested in a sport called roller derby. It's a tough contact sport which has been around for decades, and is now making a big comeback. Some skaters are even pushing for the competition to be rolled out across Australia. (Kirsty)
Budget 2017 - Housing Affordability:
The 2017 budget has been released and one of the big talking points is the measures included to try to help people afford their first home. It a problem a lot of people have been talking about, so we'll explain how the price of a home has changed over the years and what can be done about it.
In France, laws have just been introduced that make it illegal to hire unhealthily thin models. Also, ads featuring photo-shopped images there must now be clearly labelled. We take a look at what effect these changes might have and ask you if you think they would be valuable here.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active:
Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
Examine how identities are influenced by people and places
Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing:
Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships Years 5 and 6
Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities:
Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities Years 5 and 6
War on Waste - School Waste:
A school in Adelaide is on a mission to wipe out waste. So much so, they're aiming to be completely bin-less by the end of the year. We take a look at their plan and find out how you could do the same in your school too.
BTN Investigates - How does the Internet Work?:
This week on BTN Investigates, Oliver asks 'how does the internet work?' We log on to the best research, dial up some experts and link you to more internet cliches than you can handle as we net an answer to Oliver's tricky question.
Screen It Competition:
If you're a budding young film maker, animator and video game creator, this story is for you. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image has just opened entries for this year's national 'Screen IT' competition. It asks school students to create and submit a short film or video game. We catch up with two schools who've just started getting their entries ready.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
The Arts / Media Arts:
Use media technologies to create time and space through the manipulation of images, sounds and text to tell stories Years 3 and 4
Investigate and devise representations of people in their community, including themselves, through settings, ideas and story structure in images, sounds and text Years 3 and 4
Explore representations, characterisations and points of view of people in their community, including themselves, using settings, ideas, story principles and genre conventions in images, sounds and text Years 5 and 6
Develop skills with media technologies to shape space, time, movement and lighting within images, sounds and text Years 5 and 6
Plan, structure and design media artworks that engage audiences Years 7 and 8
Analyse how technical and symbolic elements are used in media artworks to create representations influenced by story, genre, values and points of view of particular audiences Years 7 and 8
Use this playlist to help students to understand how digital devices work around them. Discover the latest emerging technologies and the affect on individuals from the rise of the digital world. (ACTDIK023,ACTDIK024,VCDSTS043,VCDSTS044)
It is important to know about different individuals that seek refuge in Australia and around the world. Watch this playlist to get an insight into the life of refugees. (ACHASSI099,ACDSEH146,VCHHK095,VCGGK124,VCHHK159).
From sharks and sea turtles to octopus and corals, you’re in the right place to take a deep dive into oceans and marine life with this meticulous designed playlist for all the ocean lovers. (ACHASSK047,VCGGC058,VCGGC072,VCGGC086,VCGGC100,VCGGK105)
Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is a special time for Muslims. See how the community fasts from dawn and dines together come sunset with Behind the News and Compass. (ACHASSK065,VCHHK077)