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CURRENT EVENT | FEBRUARY 2, 2016

Safer Batteries

Hoverboards, two-wheeled, self-balancing skateboards, are banned from some airlines, subways, and retail stores. That’s because there have been dozens of reports of fires and explosions because they are powered by lithium batteries, which are filled with highly flammable material. An engineer from Stanford University has designed a useful solution to prevent this dangerous problem. Her design involves a thin piece of plastic that helps regulate lithium batteries and make them safer. Listen to this story to find out more about how this innovative solution works.

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Story Length: 2:36

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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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