Science Fiction

March 4, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Posted in StarlightScience fiction, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Isaac Asimov

Science fiction writers and scientists often seem to compete against each other in a kind of race for originality and imagination. In fact, what one seems to imagine can soon become real,  but the process can also go the other way round, i.e. science can also inspire science fiction. 

As we see there  is a tiny, thin line between these two fields. One of the men whose mind and skills could easily move from one field to the other with equal success was Isaac Asimov.

Watch and listen to this brief biography that was used as the introduction to a video series launched by him, two years prior to his death.

Starlight

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Among his enumerable writings, he also published ‘Starlight’, which you read.

Here you can find some material to deepen your study: the story, a worksheet and its key.

 

Still some doubts ?  Why not try a version of the story in pictures? Here you have some help! Just write the captions.

 

One more possibility: You can  watch  a video based on the story and created by a class from a Portuguese school. Beware of mistakes though!!

Space

March 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Posted in space exploration, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Flying and exploring new worlds has always been part of our dreams as a species.Although we have already taken some important steps, we are still far from unraveling the mysteries of space.

  • Will we be able to make it to Mars and beyond ?
  • Will we be able to travel in space without the constraint of time or energy?
  • Will we find any other living beings in our galaxy? And what about the others we see through our telescopes?
  • Could there be more advanced civilizations in outer space?

To speak a bout all these matters we need very specific vocabulary. See if you can revise it by taking a look at these links.phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg

Click here for a revision with pictures.

Click here for a quiz on the topic.

If you need to revise the PPT you saw in the class, click here. How_much_do_YOU_know_about_SPACE1

It’s a well known fact that exploring space can be highly  expensive. At time like this, when economies are going through harsh times and people can barely earn enough to survive, governments are questioning whether they should invest a few more millions in their space programs. What’s your opinion? Is space exploration worth the effort?

Well, NASA is going to have its budget (orçamento) considerably reduced and that will cause major damage in its investigation programs.

Listen to Prof. Michio Kaku speak about his worries.

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