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Dams and Dolphins

Food for Thought

Driven to the Wall

Wisdom of Li Shizhen

Time Travelers

Viewer Challenge
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TEACHING GUIDES


DRAGON SCIENCE: Viewer Challenge


Watch Scientific American Frontiers "Dragon Science," and test your knowledge by answering these questions.

Dams and Dolphins
    1. Why is the dam being built on the Yangtze River?

    2. Name two ways Chinese biologists are trying to keep Chi-Chi, the river dolphin, healthy.
Food for Thought
    3. What percent of the Zhao family's rice crop must be sold to the Chinese government?

    4. What characteristic of the rice plant makes it hard to produce a hybrid?
Driven to the Wall
    5. What are two applications of fuzzy logic, as seen in this story?

    6. How does fuzzy logic mimic the way people think?
Wisdom of Li Shizhen
    7. What part of the body do Chinese doctors believe is very important in making their diagnosis of a sick person?

    8. What is Qi (chi)?
Time Travelers
    9. What was so remarkable about the ethnic origin of the mummies discovered in Xinjiang?

    10. What factors preserved the bodies and the objects buried in Xinjiang?
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