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Buried Underwear Tests Health of Soil

A simple experiment can help farmers determine how healthy their soil is for planting: bury a pair of cotton underpants! Healthy dirt is full of microbes that feed on the cotton fibers in the pants, breaking them down over several weeks. The “Soil Your Undies Challenge,” first launched in the U.S., asks farmers and others to use this testing method as a way of raising public awareness of the importance of healthy soil and the need to protect it. Listen to an Australian scientist explain how he organized the challenge in his country and why he invited schools to participate.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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