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Full Metal Spiders
Scientists knew that fish often carry mercury but they now know that spiders can transfer mercury to foods that people eat.
Elementary
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Loving Animals
Find out about a chicken and a tiny horse that do good work with abused children and senior citizens. (Animals, medical matters, health, infinitives of purpose)
Upper-Intermediate
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Fixing Faulty Genes
The world's first life-saving gene therapy for children has been recommended for approval in Europe, boosting the pioneering technology to fix faulty genes. (Medicine and biotechnology, gene therapy, making predictions.)
Advanced
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Behave or Hop Off
Loud or sleeping people will soon be asked to leave buses and light rail trains in Sacramento under new rules approved by transportation officials, though efforts to ban smelly riders did not pass. (Transport, rules, behavior.)
Intermediate
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Best Sleep
Many parents have only a poor understanding of how much sleep their children need, a New Zealand study found. (Sleep, children, discussion.)
Pre-Intermediate
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The Customer Is Always Right?
Patients give the same doctors different ratings depending on where their visit took place. Although doctors might act differently in an emergency room compared to a calmer office setting, researchers say the results also suggest that ratings are not a completely reliable measure of the quality of care physicians give. (Surveys, doctors, medical words.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Stop Acting the Goat or You're Fired!
The city of Salem fired a herd of goats from their job in a park. The city wanted the 75 goats to eat invasive plants. (Animals, invasive plants, the environment, present perfect simple and past simple).
Elementary
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Superdads
Chung Sang-hoon, 34, is at home with his two small children. Chung, a salesman, took a year of paternity leave from his job in a big foreign company. Before now very few men took paternity leave. Now dads taking paternity leave is more common in South Korea. (skimming, scanning, understanding text organization)
Pre-Intermediate
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Flying Mosquitoes
Global health officials have said that the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is rapidly spreading. Mosquitoes can hop airplanes, flying out of malaria-stricken countries to pose a risk to people in areas where the infection is rare. (Health, malaria, travel, use of commas)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Grave Issue ...
Amid a housing crisis in Egypt, and with the population of the capital estimated at 20 million, thousands of people count themselves lucky to call Cairo Necropolis home. For some in the neighborhood of cemeteries, final resting place to hundreds of thousands people over centuries, the graves themselves provide a livelihood: with people taking care of tombs, digging new graves, or selling flowers to visitors paying their respects on Fridays. (Housing, Egypt, graveyards.)
Upper-Intermediate
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By Any Other Name ...
Most people are busy planning their wedding before they get married. But Kaori Oguni was too busy thinking about losing her maiden name. Oguni is suing the Japanese government. Japan has a law that says spouses must have the same surname. (Marriage, law)
Elementary
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Digital Assistants for Assistance?
As the tech giants race to build ever better artificial intelligence platforms, they are obsessing over the nuances of their digital assistants' personalities. For users, digital assistants are a gateway to powerful artificial intelligence tools developers expect to influence major decisions about what to buy and how to spend time. (Business, digital assistants and IT, Artificial intelligence.)
Advanced
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The Ups and Downs of Child Stars
Everyone thinks their child is a superstar. But if that actually is true, then watch out. You have to start thinking about how to develop that talent and how to pay for it all. The "Harry Potter" are stars all grown up. Emma Watson said that for years she had no idea how much money she was earning and Radcliffe talks of the ups and downs of being a star. (Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, children's books, synonyms, word forms, choose the best answer.)
Intermediate
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Computer Women
New York City programmer Bana Malik was passionate about computers and mathematics from an early age. But early in her studies at New York's Columbia University, Malik took a computer science class and felt out of place in such a male-dominated environment - a common experience for women and minorities seeking work in an industry dominated by white men. (Computers and schools, women and computer education, minorities, structure: not only but also)
Upper-Intermediate
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Autumn Leaves ....
Do you want to see New England's colorful fall leaves? Now a business sends the leaves to you. A Massachusetts man is offering to send bundles of autumn leaves to customers for $19.99. (Businesses, seasons, prepositions of time.)
Elementary
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Suing Your Family ....
A Connecticut jury on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a New York woman. The woman sued her 12-year-old nephew for injuries that resulted from the boy's "exuberant" greeting at a party on his eighth birthday...(Children and teaching responsibility, apologizing.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Grandparent Childcare
Ock Mi-eun has been taking care of her grandson since he was born two years ago so that her daughter could return to work. It is not unusual for South Koreans to pay their parents to take care of their children. But the number doing so is on the rise.(Families, childcare, grandparents, aging populations, conjunctions.)
Intermediate
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Back To Basics
A self-described shaman who discovered the healing powers of herbs while seeing visions on his sickbed; a former consultant for IBM who ditched PowerPoint presentations to drive across Africa and an artist from Luxembourg who is a qualified plumber. (Migration, alternative lifestyles, conjunctions.)
Advanced
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Mayor For A Year
A freckled-faced three-year-old boy has got a few valuable pieces of advice from his six-year-old brother since he succeeded his elder brother as mayor of a small town in northern Minnesota. (Sequencing, vocabulary)
Pre-Intermediate
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Loch Ness Monster Lives
The world's most dedicated Loch Ness monster hunter has scotched reports that has finally given up looking for the legendary Scottish beast after a quarter of a century of searching. (Loch Ness monster, mythical water creatures, adverbs.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Rent a Chicken
A Pennsylvania husband and wife rent chickens to customers. They rent chickens to about 200 customers in 12 US states and also Ontario and Prince Edward Island in Canada. (Vocabulary, farming, where food comes from)
Elementary
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Tish the Fish
Read about goldfish invasions, goldfish rescues and one fish that despite spending his life going around in circles, he still achieved international fame, unlike some of us. (Goldfish, world records, word order)
Pre-Intermediate
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Demining Animals
Eight dogs have finished their difficult training. They are part of Thailand's battle to get rid of land-mines. Find out about two other animals that are used for "demining" (Landmine clearance, sorting information, 'adjective + for + object pattern'.)
Elementary
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Square Dancing Disturbance
Chinese-style square dancing is becoming much more popular for the elderly, with millions taking to parks and plazas across China, swiveling their hips and rolling their arms - but it's not to everyone's liking.
Intermediate
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Fleeing Yemen
The rocket that tore through a minivan outside the Aden Grand Hotel last week killing nine men, women and children was a clear message that it was time to leave. Yemen's civil war had come too close for comfort. (Discussion, sequencing)
Advanced
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Lunching Billionaire Style
A bidder appears to have won lunch with billionaire Warren Buffett after bidding in a week-long auction on eBay Inc.'s Web site. As in previous years, the billionaire will host the winner and up to seven friends for lunch in either Omaha, Nebraska, where Buffett lives and works.(Charity auctions, business, brainstorming, finding the main idea, true or false, summarizing, peer editing, past perfect.)
Intermediate
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A Prince Among Men
Read articles about Prince William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II of England, and share information about him to build a picture of what he is like. (Prince William, Queen Elizabeth, sharing information, family)
Pre-Intermediate
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A Hairy Issue
Here's a little marital tip: When financial experts say couples should compromise on absolutely everything, there are times when you just need to split hairs. For instance, just try to tell your spouse how much he or she should spend on getting their hair done. (vocabulary hunt, second conditional)
Upper-Intermediate
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Never Too Old To Graduate
This lesson is about graduating at 90 and an 85-year-old Argentine grandmother who got her degree in journalism. Maybe there is still time. (Old age, learning, retirement, education.)
Elementary
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Coyotes Moving In
Police caught a young female coyote outside a cafe in lower Manhattan, the latest in a series of coyote sightings in New York City. (Coyotes, wild animals living in cities, sharing information.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Children Cut Things Closer
Children may cut things closer than their parents realize when it comes to guessing how far cars are from an intersection or how long it takes to safely reach the other side, a small study suggests. (Traffic safety and children.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Harry Potter "LARP"
Clad in robes and pointed hats, would-be sorcerers wave their wands and cast spells as they hone their magic skills at their very own College of Wizardry. Role playing witches and wizards in Poland or visiting Diagon Alley in Florida are two of the opportunities available to Harry Potter fans. (Live action role playing, Harry Potter, amusement parks, Hogwarts.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Scarecrow Town
Tsukimi Ayano made her first scarecrow 13 years ago. The straw scarecrow looked like her father, so she made more. Today, the tiny village of Nagoro is full of her scarecrows in houses, fields, trees, streets and at a bus stop. (Scarecrows, migration, families, apostrophe for possession.)
Elementary
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It's Raining Cats and Tourists...
An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan. There are six cats for every person in the village. (Cats, cat control, collective nouns.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Teeth or Web?
Spider silk may lose its claim as the strongest known natural material after researchers found that limpet teeth have more mettle. (Natural materials and strength, minerals, similes, modal verbs - may, might, could.)
Upper-Intermediate
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London's Perilous Past
Londoners in the 17th century were never far from danger as plague, infant mortality and angry mobs menaced the capital, burial records showed. This research is a window into one of the most turbulent periods of London's past. (London, history, seventeenth century.)
Intermediate
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NOPE
The desperate cry of a mother finding her 17-year-old son dead from a painkiller and another prescription drug instantly silences hundreds of students who listen to her 911 call. That recording is the gut-punch that anchors a new educational program aimed at combating the rising abuse of prescription opioid abuse among U.S. young adults. (Drug overdoses, teenagers, anti-drug education programs.)
Advanced
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Men Give Birth
A hospital in eastern China is offering fathers-to-be a chance to experience the pain of childbirth after several new moms complained they got little sympathy from their partners. (Childbirth, expectant fathers, discussion.)
Intermediate
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Better Late Than Never
An overdue copy of "Gone with the Wind" has been returned to a high school library in Washington state, 65 years past its due date. (Libraries and late returns, borrowing books, scanning, jigsaw reading, role play and dialog, saying sorry.
Pre-Intermediate
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The World's Best Santa
Santas from eight countries like Japan, Sweden, Australia and France competed to find out who was the best Santa. They competed in porridge-eating, sledge racing and other sports. The winner for 2014 is from Japan. (Class vote, discussion, ordering questions, comprehension, true or false.)
Elementary
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First Jobs
It doesn't matter how famous, or how important or how rich the person is - almost everyone likes to remember their first job, which was usually very menial and low-paid... This month we ask famous authors what their first jobs were...(Sharing experiences, First jobs, Famous writers, work vocabulary.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Self-publishing?
For any author frustrated by rejections from publishing houses or wanting to cut out the middle man, there has never been an easier or cheaper time to self-publish. A host of free self-publishing platforms offered by Amazon, Apple and specialists like Smashwords have created new opportunities. (Self-publishing, books, drawing a process diagram.)
Advanced
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Air Rage
An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport late on Monday, the third such incident of a midair disruption caused by passengers in about a week. (Flying, midair arguments, prepositions, role-plays.)
Intermediate
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Just Don't Go There
If Halloween is supposed to be spooky, some Halloween costumes this year will be terrifying. Some trick-or-treaters will dress as emergency careworkers for people who are sick with Ebola. (Halloween and costumes, Ebola, appropriacy of what people do.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Teamwork
If you want to witness effective teamwork, you might be as apt to find it among the fishy denizens of a coral reef as in the office where you work. Scientists have found the coral trout recruits moray eels to help hunt for prey, with both ending up well fed. Aquarium experiments showed that the trout are choosy in picking the best eel partner for the job. (Animal behavior, coral trout and moray eels, participles as compound adjectives.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Calling "Party Intervention Patrol"
A teenager who threw a party with underage drinking and drug use while his parents were away called police to intervene after a rowdy throng broke a neighbor's fence and fights broke out. (Parties and teenagers, organizing a party, vocabulary hunt.)
Intermediate
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Wanderlust
For Americans looking to retire abroad, deciding where to live can be a challenge. But Lynne and Tim Martin took that question off the table by deciding to retire everywhere and anywhere. (Retirement and travel, word families.)
Advanced
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Raising Kids
How much does it cost to raise a child in the United States? A middle-income family will spend about $245,000 over 18 years to raise a child who is born in 2013. (Cost of raising a child in USA, cost of living.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Fancy Lunches
When it comes to kids' lunches, we've come a long way from PB&J, an apple and a cookie in a brown paper bag. Beau Coffron packs his daughter's school lunches in stainless steel containers that cost at least $20 a pop. He apportions all of her food into little compartments, making cartoon characters like animal shapes out of the ingredients. (Kids' lunches, consumer issues, food.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Doll Hospital
A doll hospital in Australia is 101 years old. Most dolls are plastic so there are few doll hospitals in the world. (Favorite toys, doll hospitals, writing a description, do/does for present simple questions, make a choice.)
Elementary
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