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2,400-year-old fruit baskets, other archeological treasures discovered under sunken Egyptian city

2,400-year-old fruit baskets, other archaeological treasures, discovered under the sea of ancient Egyptian city

©Christoph Gerigk/Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you like studying history? Why or why not? What discovery from the ancient time do you know? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. prehistoric /pree-hi-STAWR-ik/ [adjective] – describing the period before there were written records The cave contained pieces of evidence of prehistoric livelihood. harbor /HAHR-ber/ [noun] – an area of water next to the coast, often protected from the ocean by a thick wall, where ships and boats can shelter The wrecked ship has been towed into the harbor. vessel /VES-uhl/ [noun] – a large…
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Should we be concerned about the Earth’s rotational speed?

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How many hours is one Earth rotation? What Earth’s discovery have you known recently? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. contribute /kuhn-TRIB-yoot/ [verb] – to be one of the reasons why something happens I am sure that this meeting will contribute to the reinforcement of peace and security all over the world. occur /uh-KUR/ [verb] – (especially of accidents and other unexpected events) to happen If the primary infection is not treated, further outbreaks may occur. massive /MAS-iv/ [adjective] – very large in size, amount, or number We must make massive…
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How airlines will prevent you from losing your bags in the future

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Have you traveled abroad? Please tell me about it. What problems have you encountered while traveling? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. delayed /dih-LEYD/ [adjective] – happening at a later time than expected or intended My plane was delayed by an hour. primary /PRAHY-mer-ee/ [adjective] – more important than anything else; main Our primary concern is to provide the refugees with food and healthcare. management /MAN-ij-muhnt/ [noun] – the control and organization of something Management is looking at ways of cutting costs. aspect /AS-pekt/ [noun] – one part of a situation,…
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How to keep your home cool on a warming planet

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How is the weather today in your place? How often do you use air conditioning? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. recent /REE-suhnt/ [adjective] – happening or starting from a short time ago Weather patterns have changed in recent years. climate /KLAHY-mit/ [noun] – the general weather conditions usually found in a particular place I adapted quickly to the new climate. contribute /kuhn-TRIB-yoot / [verb] – to be one of the reasons why something happens Does smoking contribute to air pollution? architecture /AHR-ki-tek-cher/ [noun] – the art and practice of designing…
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Covid is found in both cats and dogs, according to a study

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you have a pet? Tell me more about it. What do you usually do when a pet is sick? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. residence /REZ-i-duhns/ [noun] – a home They were hoping to turn a children’s home into a residence for adolescent girls. infection /in-FEK-shuhn/ [noun] – a disease in a part of your body that is caused by bacteria or a virus The immune system is our body’s shield against infection. detect /dih-TEKT/ [verb] – to notice something that is partly hidden or not clear, or to…
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Sky pods, the solution to traffic congestion?

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©uSky Transport Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Which city in your country has the worst traffic? What public transportation do you use daily? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. severe /suh-VEER/ [adjective] – causing very great pain, difficulty, worry, damage, etc.; very serious The car suffered severe damage from the accident. phase /feyz/ [noun] – any stage in a series of events or in a process of development The college student is in a difficult phase of his life. interior /in-TEER-er-er/ [noun] – the inside part of something I was surprised by the colorful interior of…
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Scientists test giant laser to control lightning

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©University of Geneva via CNN Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do lightning strikes often happen in your area? Please share some instances. When is the rainy season in your country? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. position /puh-ZISH-uhn/ [verb] – to put something or someone in a particular place They positioned themselves by the window to see the sunset better. zone /zohn/ [noun] – an area, especially one that is different from the areas around it because it has different characteristics or is used for different purposes Is this a no-parking zone? harm /hahrm/ [verb] –…
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Ocado seeks to remove the human element from grocery shopping

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©CNN Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is the biggest robotic company in Japan? Tell me more about it. Do you like the idea of using robots at home? Why? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. objective /uhb-JEK-tiv/ [noun] – something that you plan to do or achieve Our main objective is to improve the company’s productivity. initially /ih-NISH-uh-lee/ [adverb] – at the beginning His illness was initially diagnosed as food poisoning. beneath /bih-NEETH/ [preposition] – in or to a lower position than someone or something, under someone or something The dog was beneath the table….
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Being a morning lark protects you from depression, study says

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How many hours did you sleep last night? What time do you usually sleep at night? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. exhausted /ig-ZAWS-tid/ [adjective] – extremely tired The troops were exhausted after months of war. cycle /SAHY-kuhl/ [noun] – a group of events that happen in a particular order, one following the other, and are often repeated To complete the cycle, this element is necessary. pattern /PAT-ern/ [noun] – a particular way in which something is done, is organized, or happens The pattern of family life has been changing over…
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Hiding ‘Like’ counts on your Facebook and Instagram posts is now within reach

Hiding 'Like' counts on your Facebook and Instagram posts is now within reach

Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Which between Facebook and Instagram do you use more often? How many friends/followers do you have on Facebook/Instagram? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. feed /feed/ [noun] – a web page, screen, etc. that updates often to show the latest information I deleted some of my old posts on my Instagram feed. crisis /KRAHY-sis/ [noun] – an extremely dangerous or difficult situation The country is experiencing an economic crisis due to the virus. escalate /ES-kuh-leyt/ [verb] – to become or make something become greater or more serious The conflict escalated more…
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