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2018

SOUTH AFRICA 2018

I took this photo during my trip to South Africa 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

9月

20日

Tanzania's president advises against birth control

My students in my high level lessons studied how Tanzania's President John Magufuli has advised women in his country to stop taking birth control pills. He said the reason was because Tanzania needed more people and the country was now wealthy enough to feed and educate many children. President Magufuli said: "Women can now give up contraceptive methods."

2018年

9月

13日

U.S. to spend $2 billion on artificial intelligence weapons

My students and I have been studying in my high level lessons how the United States Defense Department is going to spend up to $2 billion on artificial intelligence (AI) weapons over the next five years. This will be the most the department has ever spent on AI systems for weapons. The department wants to have the most advanced weapons in the world. It wants its weapons to be better than those of China and Russia.

2018年

9月

06日

Air pollution damages intelligence, says study

My students in my high level lessons this week studied how scientists have revealed that air pollution may be responsible for a significant reduction in intelligence. Research conducted for the World Health Organization (WHO) in China showed that air pollution was responsible for notable falls in student test scores for languages and arithmetic.

2018年

8月

30日

Honey better for coughs than antibiotics

In my high level English lessons this week my students and I discovered how doctors in the United Kingdom have some new advice for people with coughs. They are advising people not to visit a doctor to get treatment. Instead, people who have a cough should drink or eat honey or get some medicine from a drugstore. The doctors say that in most cases, honey and over-the-counter medicines will work and people do not need antibiotics. The doctors added that most of the time, a cough will improve on its own within two to three weeks even if you take nothing. 

2018年

8月

23日

French theme park uses crows to pick up litter

In my high level lessons this week my students and I studied in English how a theme park in France has established a novel and environmentally-friendly way of keeping its grounds free of litter. It has selected and trained six "intelligent" rooks to pick up rubbish and keep the park clean. Rooks are members of the crow family and are up to 47cm in length. The clever birds will be put to work at the Puy du Fou theme park in the west of France. They have been trained to pick up cigarette ends, paper and other things people throw on the ground.

2018年

8月

10日

Scientists solve mystery of Stonehenge Scientists solve mystery of Stonehenge

My high level students and I discovered today in my lesson how scientists say they have uncovered details about who built the 5,000-year-old prehistoric monument Stonehenge. The ancient stones in the southwest of England are famous all over the world. How Stonehenge was built has been a mystery for thousands of years. A new study shows that the architects and builders of Stonehenge could have come from Wales, which is more than 160 kilometres away.

2018年

8月

02日

Sleeping with a fan could be bad for us

My students in my high level lessons this week discovered that many people cannot sleep without using a fan, but scientists say this could be bad for us. This is unwelcome news for those of us struggling to nod off during the current scorching hot weather. According to sleep experts at the website Sleep Advisor, there are many reasons why the use of a fan could be detrimental to our health. Fans can cause problems for people with asthma or hay fever.

2018年

7月

27日

University ends use of Mr, Ms and Mrs

My high level students and I this week studied how a university in South Africa has decided to no longer use titles such as Mr‚ Ms or Mrs. The University of the Witwatersrand said it will stop using these titles on any form of communication with students. It took this decision to support people who were transgender or gender non-conforming.

2018年

7月

19日

France win 2018 FIFA World Cup final

My high level students and I studied how France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final of the FIFA World Cup in Moscow on Sunday night. It was a thrilling and high-scoring end to a hugely successful tournament. France's victory came 20 years after their very first success in 1998. French coach Didier Deschamps became only the third man to win the competition as a player and coach. The final was a true spectacle that had quality football, controversial refereeing decisions, an own goal, a pitch invasion, and a goalkeeping howler. Billions of people around the world watched as France slowly imposed their quality on the game with a team full of outstanding talent, which included the next global superstar - the explosive 19-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe.

2018年

7月

05日

Japan lowers age of adulthood to 18

My students in my high level lesson studied how Japan's government has lowered the age at which people become adults. It is the first time since 1876 that this has happened. From the year 2022, teenagers will become adults at the age of 18, which is two years earlier than the age at which adulthood currently legally happens. However, even though the age has been lowered, there are still certain things that will not change. The legal age for drinking alcohol, smoking and gambling will remain fixed at 20.

2018年

6月

21日

Trump and Kim Jong-un could get the Nobel Peace Prize

My students in my high level lessons studied in English how U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un could be in line for a Nobel Peace Prize. The two leaders have a chance of winning the award after their historic meeting in Singapore on Tuesday. Betting companies have cut their odds on one or both of them getting the prestigious prize. President Trump is now 2/1 to get it, either alone or as part of a team.

2018年

6月

14日

Scientists close to turning air into fuel

My students in my high level lessons this week studied in English how scientists at the Canadian company Carbon Engineering have said they are close to making carbon capture work. Carbon capture is the process of capturing waste carbon dioxide (CO2) from places like power plants and then storing it so it does not harm the environment. Carbon Engineering says its scientists are close to capturing CO2 from the atmosphere and turning it into carbon-neutral fuel. This could be a big step forward in the fight against global warming. The scientists also said they have greatly reduced the cost of carbon capture, to as low as $94 per ton of CO2 captured.

2018年

6月

07日

Chinese couples asked to take divorce exam

Yesterday my students in my high level lesson found out in English how authorities in China are looking at a new way of halting the country's increasing divorce rate. In parts of China, couples who file for divorce are being asked to take an exam to ascertain how much they still might love each other and whether or not their marriage can be salvaged. Up to half of all Chinese marriages between those who were born in the 1980s have ended in divorce.

2018年

5月

30日

Scientists close to cure for the common cold

My students and I found out in my high level lessons this week how British researchers say they are close to finding a cure for the common cold. Scientists have worked for decades on a medicine that would help to end colds. The biggest problem for researchers was finding a drug that could fight the hundreds of types of viruses that can cause a cold. The viruses are difficult to find and they change very quickly so they can fight against new drugs. Until now, there has been no way to treat cold viruses, so we all have to suffer every winter.

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.