Over 2000 years ago, the Roman philosopher Seneca made an intriguing observation while reading a book through a glass of water. The words on the page appeared magically clear, revealing the power of refraction. Centuries later, glasses were invented, revolutionizing vision correction. Today, millions of people with refractive errors benefit from glasses, which help correct vision by manipulating the direction of light. This passage explores various refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, as
Improving Your English Listening Skills: Tips and Resources Effective communication in English requires the ability to both speak and listen well. While speaking in English is often the focus of language learning, listening skills are equally important. Listening comprehension is essential for understanding English in everyday conversation, academic settings, and in the workplace. Here are some tips and resources to help improve your English listening skills: Practice regularly
Welcome to the IELTS Listening Actual Tests with Answer for February-March 2023. This resource provides 12 authentic practice tests, complete with audio recordings and transcripts, to help you prepare for the IELTS Listening exam. Each test is designed to simulate the actual exam and includes a range of question types, such as multiple choice, matching, and completion. The audio recordings feature a variety of accents and speeds to challenge your listening skills, while the transcripts allow you
In 1656, as your body experiences violent chills and your head throbs with pain, you feel too weak to sit up. Amidst your feverish state, you catch sight of an unfamiliar figure donning a peculiar beak-shaped mask and full-body covering. Despite not seeing his face, you immediately recognize that you have contracted the plague. In light of this, Stephanie Honchell Smith delves into the origins of these distinctive garbs worn by plague doctors. LISTENING COMPREHENSON CHECK Answer these
Why does spicy food make your mouth feel like it's on fire? The answer lies in certain compounds that activate sensory neurons called polymodal nociceptors. When you eat a chili pepper, for example, your brain thinks it's burning because the same receptors that are activated by extreme heat are activated by these compounds. In this video, we'll explore the science behind spiciness, including the types of compounds involved, the Scoville scale for measuring spiciness, and the ongoing battle to cr
Sam & Cat is an American teen sitcom that originally aired from June 8, 2013, to July 17, 2014, on Nickelodeon. It is a spin-off of two TV shows iCarly and Victorious, which Dan Schneider also created. It stars Jennette McCurdy as Sam Puckett from iCarly, and Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine from Victorious. Watch the video above and fill in the blanks - Cat: Hey we should go buy more cool 1___. - Sam: Uh-uh I can't afford to buy new stuff. - Cat: Well I pa
The annual Brain Clash, a decathlon of brainteasers, trivia contests, and puzzles, is tomorrow. Amir must pick one of three individuals, each with different skills and ages, to join his team as a smart and capable player. So, who ought Amir to pick for the competition? The concept of "smart" is deconstructed by Shannon Odell, who also looks at how our brain growth affects our skills over the course of our lives. Here are some True, False questions to test your listening and memory: 1.
Consider the classic white t-shirt. Annually, we sell and buy 2 billion t-shirts globally, making it one of the most common garments in the world. But how and where is the average t-shirt made, and what’s its environmental impact? After watching the video, you can take a multiple choice question below to test your listening and memory skills. 1. Where in the world is cotton commonly grown? A. India B. China C. America D. A and b only E. All of the above 2. To pro
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, based on J. K. Rowling's 1997 novel of the same name. This is the scene where Harry is taken to King's Cross Station to board the train to Hogwarts. On the train, Harry meets Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Watch the video above and fill in the blanks. Ron: Excuse me? Do you mind? Everywhere else is full. Harry: Not at all. Ron: I'm Ron, by the wa
Cyclone, typhoon, hurricane. All of these names are used around the world to describe the most powerful storm known to man. Hurricanes are unpredictable but scientists have a through understanding of how hurricanes form and sustain their power. In the Atlantic Ocean, hurricane season peaks during the late summer months when tropical waters are the warmest. Hurricanes form from a cluster of 1___ that suck up the warm, moist air and move it high into Earth's atmosphere. The warm air is then conver
Emma Watson, British actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, co-hosts a special event for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign. The HeForShe campaign is a solidarity movement for gender equality which calls upon men and boys to help end the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. This is an excerpt from the video above, fill in the blanks and your answer below the passage. Today, we are launching a campaign called HeForShe. I am 1.___ out to you because we need your help.
This is a video by Nas Daily, about the extraordinary process by which people in the UAE have created water from many sophisticated and advanced methods. Through the video we can better understand the importance of water and that saving water is the responsibility of the whole community. After watching the video, you can take the mini quiz below to test your listening and memory skills. 1. Sea water is not safe to drink because it contains a lot of microorganisms that are harmful to the
Watch the brand-new trailer for "Loki" from Marvel Studios. Try to listen to what Loki and Mobius have talked about and fill in the blank. - LOKI: I know what this place is. The timekeepers have built quite the (1)____ and I see the (2)____ are playing their parts to perfection. - MOBIUS: Big (3)____ guy. I love it! Makes you sound super smart. - LOKI: I am smart. - MOBIUS: I know! - LOKI: Okay. - MOBIUS: Okay. - Another big guy with glasses: Plea
Have you ever noticed that it’s much easier to remember the lyrics of a song than lessons at school? The melody, the rhythm, the tune, etc., all of them just naturally absorb into your head. And as you remember the lyrics, you will remember the English phrases, grammar, vocabulary. When you learn a new language, there are lots of unusual sounds your mouth isn’t used to making. Singing helps our mouths to form the right shapes and make these sounds loudly and clearly. Singing also helps us le