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2018

SOUTH AFRICA 2018

I took this photo during my trip to South Africa in January this year 2018. Over one hundred elephants. Amazing site.

サウサンプトンFC

プレミアリーグ・サウサンプトン

出身地、サウサンプトンチームを応援しています。

現在、吉田麻也選手がサウサンプトンチームで活躍しています。

2018年

5月

24日

No purchase needed to sit in Starbucks cafes

My students in my high level lesson this week studied how the cafe chain Starbucks has made a new policy about who can use its cafes. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has announced that anyone can enter a Starbucks cafe in the USA without needing to make a purchase. That means people are free to sit in the cafe or use the restrooms. Mr Schulz has asked all Starbucks staff to treat every person entering the cafe as a customer.

2018年

5月

17日

Time travelers invited to Stephen Hawking memorial

My students and I in my high level lesson yesterday found out that time travelers have been invited to attend the memorial service for Professor Stephen Hawking. The legendary physicist, cosmologist and author died on March 14. Thousands of fans and well-wishers lined the streets in Cambridge, England for his funeral two weeks later. His family has now arranged a special ceremony to allow people to remember and celebrate his life, and time travelers have been invited.

2018年

5月

14日

Best to learn a new language before age of 10

 My students in my high level lesson today discovered how new research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests that if people want to achieve native-like proficiency in a new language, they should start learning that language before the age of ten.

2018年

4月

13日

Robots to help us make our own furniture

My students and I in my high level lessons this week discovered how robots are taking over more and more aspects of our lives, and jobs. The latest occupation to perhaps feel threatened by the march of technology is carpentry. For thousands of years, skilled carpenters have lovingly created furniture from wood. However, the next generation of master craftsmen and women may be robots, not humans.

2018年

4月

06日

Children lack skill in holding pencils due to iPads

My students and I in my high level class this week discovered new research that shows how new technology is reducing children's ability to use a pencil or pen. The study is from the National Health Service in the UK. Researchers said that nowadays, children spend so much time swiping iPads or mobile phone screens that they cannot hold a pencil properly.

2018年

3月

29日

Stephen Hawking explained multiverses in final paper

My students and I in my high level lesson studied how the world-famous physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking published an important paper before he died last week. Professor Hawking died on March 14, aged 76. Two weeks before his death, he published his final theory in a paper called "A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation". He explained two very important ideas. The first was how humans might be able to detect multiverses. These are parallel universes that were created at the same time as our universe after the Big Bang. The second theory is about how our universe will eventually end, when the stars finally run out of energy

2018年

3月

22日

Japanese robot-wolf to protect farms

My students and I studied in my high level lesson this week how technology has come to the rescue of Japanese farmers. For thousands of years they have tried to keep animals away from their farms. However, engineers have invented the "Super Monster Wolf" to finally scare away wild animals that want to eat crops of rice, pumpkin or sweet potato. Super Monster Wolf is a solar-powered scarecrow robot that looks like a real wolf.

2018年

3月

16日

3D-printer homes to reduce homelessness

My students and I in my high level lesson today studied how having a roof over your head is a basic human need, but there are 1.2 billion people in the world without adequate housing. This may change thanks to a revolutionary, low-cost use of 3D printers to construct houses.

2018年

3月

09日

Thailand to close famous beach to protect coral

My students and I studied in my high level lesson yesterday how Thailand will soon close one of its world famous beaches in an effort to reverse the damage done to its coral by mass tourism. The beach is in Maya Bay on the tiny island of Koh Phi Phi Leh. It garnered worldwide attention after it featured heavily in the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster movie The Beach.

2018年

3月

01日

U.S. companies end ties with gun group NRA

My students and I in my high level class yesterday studied how an increasing number of companies are announcing plans to sever ties with the USA's National Rifle Association (NRA) following the latest high-school shooting massacre. The tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, in which 17 students and staff lost their lives, could be a watershed for gun control in the USA.

2018年

2月

22日

Woman thrown off plane for shouting at crying baby

My students and I in my high level class discovered how a passenger on a flight in the USA was asked to leave the airplane because she complained about a crying baby. The woman told cabin crew that she would not sit down because of a crying baby boy in the seat next to hers. The woman was very rude to the baby's mother and swore at her many times.

2018年

2月

16日

American woman wakes up with British accent

My students and I studied in my high level class how an American woman has been diagnosed with the rare Foreign Accent Syndrome. The woman, Michelle Myers, 45, said that in 2015 she went to bed with a "blinding headache" and woke up with a British accent. The accent has remained with her ever since.

2018年

2月

08日

All New York prisoners to get free tablet computer

My students in my high level lesson this week studied how all prisoners in the U.S. state of New York are to be given free tablet computers. The freebies are part of a deal struck between a private communications service called JPay and New York's prison service. The lucrative but controversial agreement involves the contractor providing 54,700 convicts with a free tablet.

2018年

2月

01日

Polish climbers in heroic Himalaya rescue

My students and I studied in my high level lesson how a dramatic nighttime rescue has taken place on one of the world's most dangerous mountains. A team of elite mountain climbers from Poland made a hazardous night ascent of the 8,126-meter-high Nanga Parbat in the Pakistani Himalayas. The peak is widely known as "Killer Mountain" because of the number of climbers who have perished there.

2018年

1月

25日

Writing a to-do list may help you sleep faster

In my high level lesson today my students and I discovered how Scientists have an idea that could help us get to sleep faster. All you need is a pen and paper. The scientists are from Baylor University in Texas, USA. They did research into how we can fall asleep more quickly. They found that writing a to-do list helps people get to sleep faster.