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Science and Technology

Science Fiction
A fast-growing plant was used to decorate saltwater aquariums. Next, a hardier, cloned version of the species was developed for display at the Stuttgart Aquarium in Germany. Now, this green toxic invader has spread throughout the north Mediterranean. (toxins, cloning, GM, the passive voice)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Plant and Animals
The African honeyguide is a bird that aid hunters in rare, sweet partnership. Plants, like humans, also talk to each other and warn of impending danger. (plants, research, animal communication, body language, 'by + verb + ing' when we want to express how something is done, homophones)
Intermediate
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Monkey Business
Scientists have genetically engineered a monkey, the closest relative yet to a human to be genetically altered. What's next? (Genetic engineering, science, health, punctuation)
Advanced
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Corking Row over Sour Grapes
Researchers in Australia say metal screwcaps appear to be better at preserving the quality of white wine than corks. (Tradition, wine connoisseurs, descriptive language.)
Advanced
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How Good Is Your Nose?
This is about: a dog that has been trained to smell money; mechanical dogs that can smell land mines; and the high cost of a dog at the United Nations that can smell bombs. (Working dogs, dogs smelling for money, bombs and land mines, prepositions.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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How Good are You?
A pair of social psychologists say that luckily, the truly incompetent may never know the depths of their own incompetence. (ability, overconfidence, incompetence, synonyms, modal verbs, narrative tenses)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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High Tech Garbage
The city of Barcelona is putting micro chips in its 18,000 litter bins to try and make garbage collection easier. How? Do the lesson and find out!(Computers, micro chips, litter bins, Spain, technology, 'can' & 'can't', linkers, listing.)
Elementary
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Heart Disease Factor
Interrupting others in the middle of a sentence and being interrupted, not only are they irritating but they may also be dangerous. (Health, irritable people, heart disease, word order, prepositions)
Upper-Intermediate
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Something to whine about
DNA coding technology is being used by Australian wine producers to fight the growing theft and forgery of expensive premium wine brands. (Wine collecting, law, the second conditional, homophones.)
Intermediate
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True or False?
Do penguins topple over when they peer into the sky watching planes and helicopters fly over? That was the question asked in the Instant Lesson 'Navy Helicopters and Birds', where we looked at plans scientists had to find an answer to this important question. Now we have their answer! It's in our lesson called "True or False?". (Animals, experiments, helicopters, transport, referencing, pronouns.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Travel Sickness Cure
If you get travel sickness, don't worry. Help is at hand. Ginger is effective in reducing nausea due to motion sickness. (ginger, new cures, herbs, Chinese remedy, prepositions + -ing, gerunds)
Pre-Intermediate
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Prize 4 Txt Mssg Poetry
Mobile phone text messages are to move from quick communication to art in a British newspaper's poetry contest with a 1,000 pound ($1,440) prize! (Mobile phones, text messages, communication, poetry, 'will'.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Navy Helicopters and Birds
Do penguins fall over backwards when watching aircraft fly overhead? Two British scientists are traveling to the south Atlantic to find the answer! This lesson is about their plans. (Penguins, experiments, helicopters, abbreviations)
Pre-Intermediate
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Business Class
Portland, Oregon scored top marks as the favorite U.S. airport for business travelers, while Singapore was the number one destination for international travel, according to a new survey. "This is a poll of our readers, who leave no corner of the globe untraveled in the name of work,". (Business travel, airports, matching and listening game, functional language - booking an air ticket, requesting, apologizing, socializing, facts and figures.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Snoring
It has caused sleepless nights, daytime drowsiness and even ruined relationships but thankfully there is help for snorers. (Snoring, sleep, health, conjunctions 'and' & 'but')
Pre-Intermediate
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The Right Smell
Not all sniffs are the same. Each nostril interprets smells differently, with most people finding a right-sided sniff more pleasant but a left-sided sniff more accurate. (Smelling, science, senses, 'depend on + if')
Pre-Intermediate
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All About Eating Bread
This is about how much bread is eaten in Europe. The average German ate 84.8 kilos of bread in 1999, keeping the country firmly at the top of the European Union consumption chart. Who do you think came last? (Question forms, Diet, Europe, statistics and graphs, food)
Intermediate
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Armstrong Unveils Century's Top Ten
This is about the top engineering achievements of the 20th century. What was number one? We can't spoil the surprise, but we can tell you that the Internet was number 13. This lesson also has some remarkable quotations from a magazine published in 1890, giving comments on what would go on to become the number one engineering achievement of the 20th century. This is a lesson that spans three centuries! (Top engineering achievements of the 20th century, Prefixes.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Antibacterial?
"Right now, the antibacterial obsession of the public is providing us with products that kill off beneficial microorganisms - but leave some deadly bacteria in their wake." (Health, business, allergies, the passive.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Choose Your Toy
The first day of the American International Toy Fair in New York was cheerful as manufacturers like Mattel Inc, MEGA Brands Inc and Spin Master try to encourage buyers from around the world. Movies and toys with the latest technology should help sell toys. (Toys, children, technology.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Worker Privacy
Employee privacy in the United States is under threat. A survey showed that Internet connections were monitored by 63 percent of companies, telephone use was tracked by 43 percent, computer use such as time logged on or keystroke counts was monitored by 19 percent, and video surveillance for security purposes was used by 38 percent. (Present perfect, oxymorons.)
Advanced
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Dashboard Diners
Cellphones only cause a small percentage of motor accidents... food and drink cause more than ten times as many accidents! (Driving safety, cars, cellphones, mobile phones, accidents, passive sentences using 'by'.)
Intermediate
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Bug-Buster
Forget the fly swatter, a new trap has been launched in Singapore that lures biting insects to their doom by fooling them into thinking they are heading for a juicy human. (New invention, insects and pests, prefixes.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Another Risk
Blood transfusions may be able to spread BSE (Mad Cow Disease). The research uses sheep, so may not apply to humans, but it's a scary thought. (BSE, Mad Cow Disease, scientific research, health, word order)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Virtual Church
Germany's Protestant Church has seized the latest technology by transmitting text highlights of a religious service to mobile phone users and inviting them to join in. "Now it is up to you when and how you participate in mass," said their Internet site. (Religion, the Internet, Punctuation.)
Intermediate
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A New Fish
Environmentalists are worried about "Frankenstein Foods" or genetically modified food which could upset the delicate balance of nature. Find out about a fish which can grow 10 times faster than normal. (GM foods, fast-growing fish, consumer issues, ensure vs assure or insure.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Viruses - An Old Enemy
Physicians may someday recruit an old enemy -- viruses -- to fight human cancers. (disease, mice, cancer)
Advanced
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National Geographic Conservation
Big strides in technology will help make fantastic new discoveries possible this century, but preserving the planet will be one of the biggest challenges facing scientists. (Explorers, conservation, discoveries, the future.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Feeling Forgetful ?
Flunk an exam? Forget important facts during an interview? A new study gives the perfect excuse - stress impairs memory and learning. That's a relief. (Research, stress, memory, brain)
Upper-Intermediate
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Eating Out: GM Foods
Top British chefs will protest in "Chefs against GM Foods" campaign which is also backed by the Greenpeace environmental group. (Genetically Modified Food, health, technology)
Upper-Intermediate
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East or West
An article about how men's supposed "superior" sense of direction now has some biological evidence to back it up, according to a study that compared male and female brain activity during a navigation activity. Personally, I don't believe it but then I guess I am biased. (Men and Women, brain)
Upper-Intermediate
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Fair and Fit
Researchers have figured out how fairness may fit into the Darwinian concept of evolution. (Research, evolution, fair play, health)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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