- Scientists plan to use a special x-ray scanner to try to find out what’s written on ancient Roman scrolls.
- Researchers have discovered that a huge area of mangrove forest in northern Australia has been killed. They believe that extreme heat, drought and storms are to blame.
- The Stratollite is a huge, helium-filled balloon that could act as a cheaper alternative to satellites in some situations – for example, monitoring weather and natural disasters.
Video viewing guide
This graphic organiser supports your students to capture their thoughts and questions as they watch the news update.
Spark a discussion
- How do scientists plan to find out what’s written on the ancient Roman scrolls?
- Why can’t the scrolls be unrolled?
- What do you think we might learn from reading the scrolls?
- How did the researchers discover that huge areas of mangrove forest had been killed?
- Why do you think extreme heat and drought killed some of the mangrove trees?
- What impact might the loss of mangrove forest have on plants, animals and the coastline?
- What is the Stratollite, and how does it work?
- What advantages and disadvantages might the Stratollite have compared to a satellite?
- Imagine you’re taking a ride on the Stratollite! What would the experience be like?
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