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CURRENT EVENT | APRIL 14, 2015

Scorpions and Brain Tumors

People suffering from brain tumors often have surgery to remove them. But surgery is traumatic and once a surgeon gets to the brain it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish between the tumor and healthy brain matter. A potential solution has come from an unlikely source - scorpion venom. The venom is the base of a new substance called tumor paint, which can be used to make a brain tumor glow, thus making it easy to find during surgery. Listen to learn more tumor paint and how it can help surgeons when removing brain tumors.

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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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