How Will Driverless Technology Change Our Lives? - Text + Audio - 10 July 2016
"Almost every day, we hear about a new development in the world of driverless technology. But how will this technology change our lives when cars
no longer need humans to drive them? Autonomous driving technology is developing fast, but is the public ready to turn the wheel over to a machine?"
Company pays its workers to sleep(July 02, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
July 02, 2016. A company in the USA is paying its employees to sleep more. Staff at the insurance company Aetna will get $300 a year extra." Try the same news story at these easier levels:Level 0, Level 1 or Level 2
American English vs. British English- Text + Audio + Video - 2 July 2016
"On July 4th people in the United States celebrate Independence Day. The holiday honors the American colonies’ decision to split with Britain in 1776.
To show there are no hard feelings, we look at some ways American and British English are different."
Two Years After Legalizing Marijuana Sales, What Has Happened?- Text + Audio + Video - 5 July 2016
"In 2014, Washington state and Colorado became the world’s first legal marketplaces for recreational marijuana.
Many people are watching the states closely to see what has happened. Do crime rates go up?
Are more young people smoking pot? VOA looks at the research."
Apps to Help in a Disaster - Text + Audio - 6 July 2016
"Disasters almost always arrive unexpectedly. But there are computer apps to help people prepare for disasters.
Some apps alert users when a disaster has taken place. Other disaster apps can be used when people need rescue or other help."
Donald Trump Praises Saddam Hussein for Killing Terrorists- Text + Audio - 6 July 2016
"He told supporters: “Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? He was a bad guy, really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists.
He did that so good. They didn't read them the rights, they didn’t talk. They were a terrorist, it was over.”
Comic Book Fans Create Community at 'Awesome Con' - Text + Audio + Video - 29 June 2016
"Fans of superheroes and other parts of nerdy culture come together once a year in Washington, DC at an event called 'Awesome Con.'
Together, they celebrate their shared interests in different non-traditional types of media."
Into the Woods: Wish + to + Infinitive - a lesson
"We can use 'wish' with the infinitive to mean 'would like' or 'want to'. This is very formal. We don't usually use a continuous tense with 'wish' in this case."
'From the Cabby's Seat,' by O. Henry - Text + Audio+ Video
"When all you care about is money, you might treat the people around you badly. Have you ever done something to a loved one that you immediately regret? Read about a man whose job causes him to treat everyone around him badly in this classic American short story, 'From the Cabby's Seat,' by O. Henry."
'Transients in Arcadia' by O. Henry- Text + Audio + Video
"People often dream about how their lives would be be different if they had more money or if they were born to a different family.
Read about two people who just want to enjoy the best life has to offer in this classic American short story, 'Transients in Arcadia,' by O. Henry."
After Brexit, What Is Next?- Text + Audio - 7 July 2016
"Britain’s vote to leave the European Union is affecting other European nations. In Hungary, there will be a vote on EU immigration quotas.
Some are pushing for an exit vote from the Netherlands. And some nations want more freedom from the EU,
though so far they are not proposing a total break."
Peru opens a cold prison in Andes- 10 July 2016
"Peru has opened a sprawling new prison high up in the Andes, with solar panels glistening in the bone-chilling cold...
And the new facility launched on Saturday at 4,100 metres (13,451 feet) above sea level in Cochamarca, in the Pasco area,
will hold as many as 1,224 inmates."
US, South Korea to Deploy THAAD Missile Defense- Text + Audio - 8 July 2016
"The United States and South Korea have announced plans to deploy the THAAD missile defense system on the Korean peninsula.
China is voicing opposition to the deployment, saying it will seriously harm the security of countries in the area."
US Orders New Sanctions on North Korea- Text + Audio - 7 July 2016
"The United States ordered new economic restrictions against North Korea this week that directly answer human rights abuse.
The restrictions are expected to have limited impact. The United States has almost no direct business connections to North Korea."
North Korea Releases Dam Water into South Without Warning- Text + Audio - 6 July 2016
"Massive rains have led to high water levels behind North Korea’s Hwanggang Dam.
Wednesday, the North Koreans opened the dam sending millions of gallons of water downstream into South Korea."
45 Idioms About Ordinal and Multiplicative Numbers
"The following is a list of idioms about ordinal numbers (first, second, and so on) and multiplicative numbers, or what the late English-usage expert Henry Watson Fowler called numeral adverbs (once, twice, and so on). (Because I have already devoted an entire post to idioms that include first,
I’ve omitted them here.)"
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre - with a VIDEO
"Visit our great little award-winning Museum, situated in the Buckinghamshire village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years.
The Museum, aimed at 6 to 12 year olds, features three interactive galleries..."
10 Incredible Innovations at the New Shanghai Disneyland- with pictures and a video
"After years of anticipation and a multi-billion dollar budget, Shanghai Disneyland was finally opened to the public on June 16, 2016.
It’s the first Disney property overseas to largely reflect the culture of the country it’s in — this new park is not merely a Disneyland in China,
it’s a Disneyland built for the Chinese people. In addition to all new food menus, hotels, and sections, Shanghai Disneyland has some incredible rides
and attractions that can’t be experienced anywhere else. Here are the top 10 new features at Shanghai Disneyland."
The story of American Independence Day - VIDEO
"We take a look at the origins of American Independence Day, which falls of the fourth of July each year
and celebrates the day the US secured independence from the British Empire after the Revolutionary War."
Iraq: Baghdad suicide bomb attack dead rises to 165- 4 July 2016
"A lorry packed with explosives was detonated in the Karrada district while families were shopping for the holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
It is believed to be the deadliest single bomb attack in Iraq since 2007...
So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it carried out the suicide attack."
US Government Using Social Media to Determine Terror Threats- Text + Audio - 29 June 2016
"The United States government is increasingly using social media to investigate people who may represent a security threat to the country.
The latest example comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection office."
Turkey Attack Points to Growing Problem of Terrorism- Text + Audio + Pictures - 29 June 2016
"The suicide attack in Istanbul that killed at least 41 people is the latest in a series of deadly terrorism strikes to hit Turkey. More than 200 were injured.
The increasing terror attacks in Turkey have led to growing uncertainty about the country’s economy and national security."
Olympic Chief: Zika Not Top Concern at Rio Games- Text + Audio - 30 June 2016
"Dirty water, disease-carrying mosquitoes, political change and security are a few of the concerns that Brazil faces
as it prepares to host the 2016 Rio Olympic Games."
describes technology platforms that broadly speaking, are based on the scientific disciplines of Artificial Intelligence and Signal Processing.
These platforms encompass machine learning, reasoning, natural language processing, speech and vision, human-computer interaction,
dialog and narrative generation and more.
Migrants die as dinghy sinks off Libya- 30 June 2016
"At least 10 people drowned and more than 100 others were rescued when an inflatable boat carrying migrants capsized 32km (20 miles) off Libya."
+ MAP: Migrant shipwrecks Jan 2014 - April 2016