Why the modern world is bad for your brain - 18 January 2015
"In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll.
Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient."
Android: Friends Furever
"This new advertisement for Android features animals of varied species enjoying each others' presence
and obviously focusing on what unites rather than divides them. Perhaps humans could learn a lesson from such loving and tolerant behavior.
The ad is set to "Oo-De-Lally," the song from from Disney's animated movie Robin Hood."
Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m - 7 February 2015
"A painting of two Tahitian girls by the French artist Paul Gauguin has been sold for $300m (£197m), making it the most expensive work of art ever sold."
+ Some of the most expensive paintings
Solar-Powered Plane to Fly Around the World- Article + Audio + Video- 3 February 2015
"Pilots flew an earlier model of the plane from Switzerland to Morocco and across the United States.
They plan to fly the new version, the SI-2, around the Earth in 25 flying days over a five month period.
The project will show renewable energy and clean technologies can be used anywhere."
Rhino Poaching Reaches Record Level in 2014- Article + Audio
"Official says a record number of the large animals were killed last year even as the government strengthens its efforts to stop poachers.
Demand for rhino horn in Asia said to be responsible for many of the killings. And official is looking for ways to stop the trade in rhino horns."
Paul Bunyan, An American Folk Tale- Article + Audio + Video
"Today we tell a traditional American story called a “tall tale.” A tall tale is a story about a person who is larger than life.
The descriptions in the story are exaggerated – much greater than in real life.
Here's a tall tale about Paul Bunyan, a hero of North America’s lumberjacks."
Paul Bunyan, An American Folk Tale- Video
"Paul Bunyan was a hero of North America’s lumberjacks, the workers who cut down trees. He was known for his strength, speed and skill."
Prototype robot fireman unveiled by US Navy- Video - 5 February 2015
"US Navy scientists have unveiled a prototype fire-fighting robot.
The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot is the size of a human and is capable of detecting fires.
It can withstand higher heat for longer periods than humans."
Ces vieux métros new-yorkais qui terminent dans l’océan
« Next Stop, Atlantic ». "C’est le nom d’une très belle série de clichés réalisés par le photographe Stephen Mallon,
qui a suivi durant trois ans le dernier voyage des vieux métros new-yorkais. ..
Au-delà de l’intérêt artistique de la chose, il oblige aussi de s’interroger sur l’impact que ces rejets ont réellement sur l’environnement."
"TimesTalks are live, online and video conversations between New York Times journalists and 21st-century talents and thinkers.
Created in 1998, TimesTalks have entertained and enlightened audiences throughout the U.S., from New York, Washington and Chicago to Los Angeles,
San Francisco and the Sundance Film Festival 2011–2014. TimesTalks have also been held in Canada for Toronto’s Luminato Festival 2013–2014,
at the 2012 London Olympics, in Paris in 2012, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, and in Spain — at Aviles in 2011 and Madrid 2012–2013.
In the past 16 years, TimesTalks have become part of the global dialogue
about film, theater, music, art, books, television, style, ideas, politics and world affairs."
My Secret Life as a Graffiti Artist
"A successful property surveyor was jailed this week after his secret life as a tagger was uncovered.
But he wasn't unusual – lots of us are middle-aged family men with good jobs."
Spraying the 70s : the pioneers of British graffiti
"From Malcolm McLaren and the Angry Brigade to Madness and Heathcote Williams by way of George Melly’s garage,
a much-admired and now reissued photo book traces the story of Britain’s graffiti pioneers."
WORDS and PICTURES
" is a 2013 American drama film directed by Fred Schepisi...
Croyden is an upscale college preparatory school in Maine that hires teachers for their advanced courses who are accomplished professionals.
Jack Marcus is a writer and poet who teaches the advanced writing class...
Dina Delsanto is an artist who has just been hired to teach the advanced art class, which has the same students as Jack's writing class..."
The Epidemic of Cheating in Sports - Article + Audio
"Throughout time, cheating in sports has caused debate and dispute. Athletes often do whatever it takes to win in competition.
Some take drugs that are meant to improve their performance, such as steroids. These might make them run faster or hit a baseball harder."
US Study Shows Climate Change Affecting Bird Migration - Video- 2 February 2015
"Seventy thousand bird watching volunteers counted birds in more than 2,400 areas for the National Audubon Society, a conservation group.
Their data showed that birds are staying farther north during the winter month."
MY TRIP TO AN ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUNTRY
"Le but de l'activité de matching suivante est de vous permettre d'acquérir ou de réviser un certain nombre d'expressions utiles au
cours d'un séjour en pays anglophone. Vous allez être amenés à réagir à certaines situations explicitées en français. Il y a 28 pages au total." (franglish.fr)
Mrs.Kerg Logbook London 2013
"Dans le cadre du séjour en Angleterre, vous allez devoir constituer un « Log Book» comprenant des éléments culturels, linguistiques et personnels..."
How the world violates human rights, country by country - Article + Interactive map
"Human Rights Watch identifies the threats facing citizens in more than 90 countries including torture, detention and censorship.
Click on each shaded country (colour-coded by continent) for a snapshot of the situation there, according to HRW."
Dark Side of the Chew - Video
"It’s the world’s second most common form of litter. It’s invisible to most. Yet it lurks everywhere (including the bottoms of tables, desks and shoes).
How did we become so addicted to chewing gum and how is our consumption of trillions of sticks a year impacting our health and our planet?"
Ebola survivor mural challenges 'no cure' belief - 2 February 2015
"Over a year ago, when the largest ever epidemic of Ebola began in West Africa, the general belief was that there was "no cure" for the disease.
But a unique mural in an Ebola treatment centre run by the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, shows that the truth is different.
Mark Doyle visited the mural with MSF's manager of the treatment centre, Duncan Bell."