New York Airport Will Have World's First Animal Terminal - 20 July 2015
"Behold The ARK. New York's Kennedy Airport is building a 4-acre facility on its grounds to house animals which are in the airport temporarily while traveling or for quarantine. When completed, it will have a bone-shaped dog pool, trees for cats, a private mating area for penguins,
and stalls for horses..."
"For dog owners, The ARK will offer a 20,000-sqf (1,860-sqm) luxury “resort” run by the company Paradise 4 Paws,
complete with bone-shaped splashing pools, massage therapy and “pawdicures with colored nail pawlish.”
Dogs can watch flat-screen TVs and their owners can check in on them via webcam.
Cats will have their own trees to climb. And all animals will have access to a 24-hour clinic run by Cornell University’s veterinary college."
10. Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
9. William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet
8. Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland
7. William Shakespeare, Hamlet
6. John Keats, Ode to a Grecian Urn
5. William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet
4. Rudyard Kipling, The Ballad of East and West
3. Robert Frost, Mending Wall
2. Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
1. William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18 + Source/Further reading...
Eat Nuts to Stay Healthy - Text + Audio + Quiz- 20 July 2015
"Recently researchers in the Netherlands have found that you do not need to eat many nuts to get all the health benefits.
Also, not all nuts have the same nutrients. This article features some of the more popular nuts in the American diet."
The people 'possessed' by computers - 20 July 2015
"What would happen if a computer could take over a human body? David Robson meets an “echoborg”
– a strange experiment that reveals our future with artificial intelligence."
UN Says Four Million Refugees Have Left Syria - Text + Audio - 19 July 2015
"The United Nations reported this month that the number of refugees fleeing conflict in Syria has reached four million.
The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees says that makes Syria the world’s biggest refugee crisis in a generation.
The UNHCR warns the number of refugees could rise even higher."
A Closer Look at the Iran Nuclear Deal- Text + Audio + Video - 18 July 2015
"The agreement includes a plan for inspections of Iran’s nuclear centers and limits on the machines used to manufacture material
for nuclear weapons. President Obama’s political opponents do not support the deal."
In-Store Training on Healthy Food Choices- Text + Audio + Video - 18 July 2015
"Many poor families buy processed foods because they seem to cost less than fresh vegetables, fruits and whole wheat products.
But a national group, Share Our Strength, is showing families that they can buy healthy foods
for about the same amount of money as manufactured foods."
Everyday Grammar: You Had Better Learn Modals!- Text + Audio
"Everyday Grammar takes on the challenge of three modal verbs.
When English speakers give advice, they can choose between should, ought to, and had better.
Learn the difference between these words and how to use them to give good advice."
Mr. Peabody & Sherman: Perfect Infinitive - a lesson
"This is a beautiful scene with a lovely song, Beautiful Boy, by John Lennon. I used it to practice the perfect infinitive."
Killer robots: The soldiers that never sleep - 16 July 2015
"In the city of Daejeon, South Korea, an arms manufacturer has designed and built a gun turret that’s able to identify, track and shoot targets, theoretically without the need for human mediation. Who will teach these robot soldiers the rules of engagement?"
In pictures: Journey through the planets
"Nasa's New Horizons mission is sending back the most detailed images of Pluto ever seen.
For more than 70 years, it was one of nine planets recognised in our Solar System, but it is now classed as a dwarf planet.
Here, we take a journey through the planets and Pluto, with images taken by a selection of spacecraft sent out to explore."
Malala: Invest in Books, Not Bullets - Text + Audio - 15 July 2015
"The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, celebrated her 18th birthday on Sunday by opening a girls’ school in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon. She demanded more attention for the refugees and that world leaders spend money for education instead of arms."
The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne- Text + Audio + Video
"We all want to make ourselves better. Women and men try to be more attractive, smarter, and kinder. This story shows us the danger of trying to improve someone else. Keeping in mind that "no one is perfect," we present a story about a husband who wanted a perfect wife."
The young people sent back to Afghanistan- 17 July 2015
"Many unaccompanied children who have fled Afghanistan and had their asylum claim rejected in the UK are given until they are 18 before being sent back. For the past seven months the BBC has followed some of these young men. They face life in an unfamiliar and dangerous country,
write Chris Rogers and Sue Clayton."
African Refugees, Migrants Face Dangers in Yemen- Text + Audio - 16 July 2015
"The United Nations says at least 1,670 civilians have been killed in Yemen since Saudi Arabia began its bombing campaign at the end of March. Aid agencies say the increase in fighting has worsened the humanitarian situation in the country."
Animated English - The Movies
"In the above lesson a man and a woman discuss what movie they would like to go and see at the weekend.
You can download the PDF for this lesson here..."
Historic Iran Nuclear Agreement Reached- Text + Audio - 15 July 2015
"For the United States, the agreement with Iran does not represent an official treaty. So approval by two-third of the Senate is not needed.
But Congress passed, and President Obama signed, a measure giving lawmakers 60 days
to approve or reject an agreement with simple majority votes."
US Spacecraft Flies by Pluto After Nine-Year Trip - Text + Audio - 15 July 2015
"It took nine years for the New Horizons spacecraft to travel to the edge of our solar system.
The spacecraft flew nearly five billion kilometers to get there.
Scientists will be studying the information is sending back to Earth for years to learn more about Pluto."
Mixture of Safe Chemicals May Cause Cancer - Text + Audio - 14 July 2015
"When we are told that chemicals are safe to use on our bodies or in and around our homes, we believe they are just that - safe.
Could a mixture of “safe” chemicals cause cancer? A group of scientists was told to answer that question."