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Why Can’t Trees Be Taller?

Listen here The maximum height for a tree to grow is approximately 130 metres. It is believed that transporting water from the root systemt to the leaves requires so much energy that there is no point for the tree to keep on growing over 400 feet. Idioms it is believed: most people think that something is true even without absolute proof. Easy…
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Yuri Gagarin – the First Human in Space

Listen here (Level 1 - Basic) > Click on the play button (white triangle) on the left end of the audio bar below. Gagarin, a Soviet military pilot, was the first man in human history to fly in space. The spacecraft Vostok1, with Gagarin aboard, was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. It made an orbit of the Earth on April 12th in 1961. In a…
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The First PC Virus Is 30 Years Old

Listen here The world's first personal computer virus appeared in January, thirty years ago. The bug, known as Brain, destroyed memory and slowed the hard drive. The virus was created by two brothers from Pakistan. They wanted to prevent customers from circulating illegal copies of software they had written. Words bug: (informal) a virus. bug in…
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CulCharge: the Smallest PowerBank

Listen here It is very inconvenient when your smartphone runs out of electrical energy in the middle of your chat or whilst browsing the Internet for useful information. A small device – CulCharge – charger and data cable on your keyring will never let this happen. Words inconvenient: not good for someone. inconvenient in other languages whilst:…
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Space Waste

Listen here Space waste, space junk or orbital debris, has become a serious issue. It includes spent rocket stages, dust from solid rocket motors, unused satellites and other man made fragments. All such waste poses a collision threat with operational spacecraft or even crashing back to Earth. Space junk fragments were not originally perceived as a…
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Hot Weather in the Future

Listen here Summer temperatures will increase by another 6 degrees Celsius in some large American cities by the year 2080. According to NASA, the American space agency, summer temperatures between 38 and 43 degrees Celsius or 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheits will become normal in cities like Atlanta, Chicago and Washigton DC. NASA said temperatures…
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Some Fish Also Hibernate

Special thanks to Nutty Loaf for sending us this story. Listen here Bears are not the only ones who sleep during the winter. British researchers have reported that a species of Antarctic cod hibernates throughout the cold season. The scientists found the fish to be active in the summer and nearly dormant in the winter. The study was published by…
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