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  Featured Story - Passing On The Baton
In Ofunato, Japan a team of researchers are working to return photos, found after the March 2011 tsunami, to their owners. T he photos are cleaned and then sent around the city so that residents can look through albums to try and find any that belong to them. " I try to remember that people found these photos in the midst of rubble, and that I have to take the baton from them. So that's where I get my motivation," Satoko Kinno, the head of the research team says. Kinno vows to continue until the last photo goes home. " I've really started to realize the depth and meaning that each and every photo has to it, and as such I want to do what I can to return as many photos as I can," she added. Read about what the photograph team does and talk with your students about photo taking and storing. ("Photos Make Slow Way Home" -  Intermediate Instant Lesson).

In Beijing driving schools are turning out scores of new drivers and our lesson looks at the environment those drivers are facing and how they prepare for it. "...No amount of classroom work or simulated driving may prepare drivers for the roadways that more closely resemble slow-moving battle grounds than transportation arteries." ("Teaching Millions The Art Of War" - Advanced Instant Lesson).

Perhaps students would like to read about something slower! How about considering retiring to Ecuador? A magazine is offering an all expenses paid trip to someone who'd like to try a month's retirement in Ecuador. Our lesson looks at the competition and what you need to be happy in retirement. ("A Happy Retirement" - Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson.)

We also have a pre-intermediate lesson on a Swedish man who was trapped in his snowed-in car for two months, a grammar worksheet on reflexive pronouns and a warmer on the city of Melbourne, Australia.

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- Trapped! - Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson
 A Swedish man was dug out alive after being snowed in to his car on a forest track for two months with no food and a man was trapped in an elevator for more than 40 hours. Being trapped, escapes, direct speech, punctuation.
- Photos Make Slow Way Home - Intermediate Instant Lesson
In Ofunato, Japan a team of researchers work to return photos found after the 2011 March tsunami to their owners. Photographs, memories, disasters, the present perfect simple.
- A Happy Retirement - Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson
Interested in adventure and exploring new places? An international magazine is looking for volunteers to spend a month in Cuenca, Ecuador to test its potential as a retirement destination. Retirement, Ecuador, suffixes.
- Teaching Millions The Art Of War - Advanced Instant Lesson
China is rapidly becoming a country on wheels and its crowded driving schools are racing to churn out licensed drivers as fast as cars roll off the assembly lines. Driving and driving tests, Beijing, cars.
- Anna Grammar Worksheet - Reflexive pronouns - Intermediate
A worksheet with exercises on reflexive pronouns.
- Famous Cities - Melbourne - Weekly Warmer - Upper Intermediate and above
Agreeing and disagreeing, reading for information.
- Skip! - Instant Workbook
Read about a popular form of exercise and match the pictures and the sports. There are 10 exercises to do.
Skills: Vocabulary - sports and exercise, Grammar - present perfect, Reading comprehension - completeing a summary, Listening .


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Featured Lessons
Featured lessons: 2011 was a year of a number of natural disasters: earthquakes, a tsunami, typhoons and flooding.
These resources look at natural disasters.
- Natural disasters: Tornadoes / Twisters - Weekly Warmer - Pre-Intermediate
How to stay safe in a tornado? This activity encourages students to use their own general knowledge while interpreting a text, discussion and decision making.

- Natural disasters: Hurricanes - Weekly Warmer - Intermediate

This activity encourages communication between students focusing on the use of comparative and superlative
adjectives.

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- Aging in Office - Upper -Intermediate Instant Lesson
A few years in the White House do not appear to cut short the lives of U.S. presidents, and most live longer than their peers, according to a new study. President of the United States, age, longevity, health.


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Aging in Office : U.S. presidents often outlive peers
Judging by their "before" and "after" photographs, U.S. presidents appear to age before our eyes, adding wrinkles and gray hair with each year in office.
But contrary to conventional wisdom, a few years in the White House do not appear to cut short the lives of U.S. presidents, and most live longer than their peers, according to a new study released on Tuesday.
" Just because they experience what would appear to be accelerated aging outwardly, doesn't mean they will die any sooner ," said S. Jay Olshansky, a demographer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, whose study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Olshansky became interested in the subject earlier this summer when President Barack Obama celebrated his 50th birthday in Chicago, their shared hometown.
Media coverage highlighted "before" and "after" pictures focused on the 44th U.S. president's graying hair and deepening wrinkles, and repeated the common refrain that the commander in chief tends to age at twice the rate as the rest of us. " That would imply that they died sooner than the rest of us ," Olshansky said in a telephone interview. He decided to test that theory.
Olshansky calculated how long U.S. presidents would have been expected to live based on their age and the year in which they were inaugurated and compared it to how long they actually lived. The four presidents who were assassinated were excluded from the study.
To estimate the toll serving as U.S. president took, he subtracted two days for every one day in office, approximating the effects of aging at twice the normal rate. At that rate, a four-year term would cut a president's estimated remaining lifespan by eight years. Olshansky found that 23 of the 34 U.S. presidents who died from natural causes did not appear to have their lives cut short by the stress of leading the nation. They lived longer than men of their same age and era - and in many instances far longer.
For example, the average age of the first eight presidents at their time of death was 79.8 years - during a time when life expectancy at birth for men was less than 40.
The reason is likely the effects of advanced education and better access to health care, Olshansky said.
" All of these presidents benefited from the trifecta of exceptional wealth, almost all were highly educated and all of them had access to medical care ," said Olshansky, who noted that there was no scientific way to directly measure the rate of biological aging.
At the time of inauguration, the average age of presidents in the study was 55.1, which means they managed to avoid illness and infectious disease long enough to reach that age and run for office. "They have survived the early perilous decades of life," Olshansky said. "That is not trivial."
He said the most recent eight presidents who died of natural causes lived an average of 1.8 years longer than the first eight. Olshansky attributed that finding to advances in medical care.
As for the before and after photographs, Olshansky said stress may increase the visible signs of aging, but it does not shorten a president's lifespan.

Thomson Reuters 2011
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