November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #2 RLE – anti-vaccination movement.

Article: Doctor blames Andrew Wakefield and anti-vaxxers for her baby son catching measles “A doctor has said public reaction to Andrew Wakefield’s discredited study linking the MMR vaccine to autism was to blame when her baby son caught measles.” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/doctor-blames-andrew-wakefield-son-catching-measles-vaccine-mmr-autism-anti-vaxxers-measles-a7813001.html This case shows potential problems with “direct experience” and how Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #4 RLE – origami and NASA

Headline: “NASA’s New Shape-Shifting Radiator Inspired by Origami” “Japan’s ancient art of paper folding has inspired the design of a potentially trailblazing “smart” radiator that a NASA technologist is now developing to remove or retain heat on small satellites. Vivek Dwivedi, a technologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #2 RLE – gender and scientific research

Article: “A Scientist’s Gender Biases Mouse Research” “Duhaime-Ross reports on a new study, which found that mice are scared of men. When a male researcher works with a mouse, the mouse’s body courses with stress hormones. This doesn’t happen when a woman scientist is doing the work. The difference in how mice respond to male Read more…

November 2021 TOK Prescribed title #1 RLE – border dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea.

Headline: Djibouti asks UN help to end border dispute with Eritrea “UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Djibouti is asking Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to help peacefully resolve a border dispute with Eritrea following the recent end to that nation’s 20-year border dispute with Ethiopia. “ https://apnews.com/cd6cf3024ba24afe9baa58852397d5ab This conflict over a border clearly Read more…