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Interactive video lesson plan for: Japan's Ominous Dancing Cats and the Disaster That Followed

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In the 1950s, the people of Minamata, Japan started seeing strange behavior from the local cats, and it wasn't long before humans were showing the same symptoms.

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Sources:

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1175560-overview
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/jeremy-piven-mercury-poisoning/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/oct/16/japan.jonathanwatts
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10812838
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1550196/pdf/bmjcred00586-0061.pdf
http://www.cas.org/news/insights/science-connections/mad-hatter
http://www.tandfonline.com.ezproxy.lib.uts.edu.au/doi/pdf/10.3109/10408449509089885?needAccess=true
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090818150020.htm
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/339/6125/1332
http://www.environmentalhistory.org/mercury/history
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02jcqmm

Images:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marushima_Port_Minamata.JPG
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MadlHatterByTenniel.svg

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