Tag Archive: science & technology – intermediate

Study says using renewable energy might result in trillion-dollar savings

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is renewable energy? Could you explain it in your own words? What do you think of solar energy? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. pessimistic /pes-uh-MIS-tik/ [adjective] – thinking that bad things are more likely to happen or emphasizing the bad part of a situation I am deeply pessimistic about the future. concern /kuhn-SURN/ [noun] – a worried or nervous feeling about something, or something that makes you feel worried He felt some concern for her safety. inflation /n-FLEY-shuhn/ [noun] – a general, continuous increase in prices Inflation has caused…
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Apple releases new devices

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© APPLE via BBC News Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How long do you spend every day using your smartphone? What do you usually use it for? What is the most interesting smartphone app you have ever used? Please tell me more about it. Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. helpline /HELP-line/ [noun] – a telephone service provided by an organization or company to offer help and advice to people The helpline was established to assist young people who required guidance and support. initial /ih-NISH-uhl/ [adjective] – of or at the beginning Yuki created the initial…
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What happens in the brain when you watch a TV show in a single sitting

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you sometimes stay up late? Why or why not? Who is your favorite movie character? Could you tell me about him/her? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. stay up /stey uhp/ [phrasal verb] – to go to bed later than usual Did you stay up late last night? episode /EP-uh-sohd/ [noun] – one of the single parts into which a story is divided, especially when it is broadcast on the television or radio The final episode will be shown tonight. suffer /SUHF-er / [verb] – to experience physical or mental…
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Is dopamine fasting method based on science?

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Have you ever gone on a diet? Could you tell me about it? What activities make you happy? Please elaborate on your answer. Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. evidence /EV-i-duhns/ [noun] – one or more reasons for believing that something is or is not true Several experts have presented evidence on the subject. mental /MEN-tl / [adjective] – relating to the mind, or involving the process of thinking His physical and mental health had gotten worse. addiction /uh-DIK-shuhn / [noun] – the need or strong desire to do or to…
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Scientists in Plymouth identify plastics using computers

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Where do you think plastics in the ocean come from? Why do people use computer recognition? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. fate /feyt/ [noun] – what happens to a particular person or thing, especially something final or negative, such as death or defeat His fate is now in the hands of the judge. surface /SUR-fis/ [noun] – the outer or top part or layer of something This rock has a smooth, shiny surface. threat /thret/ [noun] – a suggestion that something unpleasant or violent will happen, especially if a particular…
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Robots in towns

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©BBC News Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Have you ever seen a robot in real life? Could you tell me about it? Would you like to have a robot? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. chase /cheys/ [verb] – to hurry after someone or something in order to catch him, her, or it I’ve been trying to chase the mouse down all day! relieved /ri-LEEVT/ [adjective] – happy that something unpleasant has not happened or has ended I felt relieved to hear the news. slow down /SLOH-doun/ [phrasal verb] – to move…
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Smartphones being tracked in USA

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you want a smartphone with a tracking device? Why or why not? Why do you think there are smartphones that have a tracking device? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. liberty /LIB-er-tee/ [noun] – the freedom to live as you wish or go where you want We need liberty in our decisions. data /DEY-tuh/ [noun] – information, especially facts or numbers, collected to be examined and considered and used to help decision-making, or information in an electronic form that can be stored and used by a computer I stored the…
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Can robots do what humans can?

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What comes to your mind when you hear the word “robots”? Do you accept that robots will soon be part of human life? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. programming /PROH-gram-ing/ [noun] – the activity or job of writing computer programs Programming is a good profession for people that are into technology. technical /TEK-ni-kuhl/ [adjective] – relating to the knowledge, machines, or methods used in science and industry The technical skills that John has helped the company a lot. task /TAHSK/ [noun] – a piece of work…
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Could contact lenses be the next generation of computer screens?

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How do you memorize something? Why do people love smart gadgets? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. feature /FEE-cher/ [noun] – a typical quality or an important part of something What are the features of smart TV? manufacturer /man-yuh-FAK-cher-er/ [noun] – a company that produces goods in large numbers The company is a major manufacturer of motor cars. extensive /ik-STEN-siv/ [adjective] – covering a large area; having a great range The fire caused extensive damage. vision /VIZH-uhn/ [noun] – the ability to see She experienced blurred vision when she had a…
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New electric car emerges

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is your favorite brand of car, and why do you like it the most? Do you like electric cars? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. confidence /KON-fi-duhns/ [noun] – the quality of being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future I have confidence in her abilities. global /GLOH-buhl/ [adjective] – relating to the whole world The global pandemic never ends. statement /STEYT-muhnt/ [noun] – something that someone says or writes officially, or an action done to express an opinion…
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