President Obama Addresses the British Parliament

President Obama Addresses the British Parliament
In an address to Parliament, President Obama discusses how the special relationship between the United States and Great Britain can continue to help the two nations serve as catalysts for global action as the world faces a new series of threats and challenges. May 25, 2011.

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Express English

BBC Learning English: Express English
Express English is a new course from BBC Learning English. Every week, people in London are asked questions on a specific topic. You can see their answers in a short video. You can also post your own answers to the questions on the BBC Learning English site. This week’s questions: Have you ever had dancing lessons? When do you dance?

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Japanese Nuclear Workers

Japanese Nuclear Workers: We Know We Will Die
March 31, 2011

Japanese power plant workers say they all expect to die, possibly within weeks. They’ve been exposed to prolonged radiation levels above 10,000 times the normal level…on a daily basis.

Fox News reports management has asked workers to remain hush-hush to prevent public panic–but one mother of a nuclear worker tearfully spoke out, although still anonymously. She says…

“The crew accepts that they will all probably die, this a direct quote, from radiation sickness either in the short term or they expect to get cancer in the long run. And on top of that, she said her son has informed her that the crew had concluded between themselves that it’s inevitable some of them may die within a matter of days–or within weeks.”

CNN reports if the workers do survive longer, two to five years down the road they will be at increased risk for cataracts–since eyes are sensitive to radiation. And if these are the workers’ last days on Earth–they aren’t pleasant ones. A nuclear safety official says…

“The rooms are cold, and there’s no water for showers. They use wet wipes to clean themselves. They can take a bus provided by plant owners TEPCO on their day off and go 20 km away to have a shower and a rest at another facility.”

But TIME reports TEPCO’s alternatives are few and far between. One suggestion is resorting to “jumpers”, who run in, do a job, then run out. They’ve been called “glow boys” since a year’s worth of radiation can be absorbed in those few minutes. And another alternative — robots.

“…Germany and the U.S. have also offered to lend Japan radiation-proof robots to take some of the burden off the flesh-and-blood workforce… Sure, the bot robs somebody of a salary, but it also probably saves human lives.”

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Gmail Motion

Learn more at Lorraine Klayman, M.Sc., environmental movement specialist, talks about her involvement with Gmail Motion.

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TeaTime-Mag: Free Online English Language Magazine

TeaTime-Mag is a free online English language magazine that is designed for you to maintain and improve your language skills while learning about the life and culture of the English-speaking world!  All articles have highlighted vocabulary help and are accompanied by an integrated audio version, allowing you to read along as you listen to the correct pronunciation. And the best part is:  this resource is completely free of charge!

TeaTime Video [No Subs] from Lingua Group on Vimeo.

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Samsung Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (เปิดตัวหลังจากรุ่น 10.1นิ้ว) แท็บเล็ตที่บางที่สุดในโลกด้วยความหนาเพียง 8.6มม. (ประมาณ 0.3นิ้ว) และหนักเพียง 470กรัม มาพร้อมกับหน้าจอ Super AMOLED ขนาด 8.9นิ้วมีความละเอียด 1280×800พิกเซล และทำงานด้วยโพรเซสเซอร์ดูอัลคอร์ 1GHz มีขนาดของหน่วยความจำให้เลือก 16GB และ 32GB พร้อมช่องใส่การ์ดหน่วยความจำ SD เพิ่มเติมได้สูงสุดถึง 32GB แบตเตอรี่ 6000mAH สามารถใช้งานได้นาน 10ชั่วโมง

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BBC English For You

Title: English For You
Level: Intermediate
Publisher: BBC
Duration: ~50min/lesson
Quantity: 20 videos
Quality: 352×272 XviD | 25fps 570kps | MP3 128kbps 2ch
Size: 4.17 GB
Format: AVI
Language: British English

Recommened! The Teacher is Christopher O’Connell. This video tutorial is a must for both teachers and students! There are 18 lessons and 2 reviews. With these videos, you will enjoy learning English grammar through fun stories. If you’re bored of learning grammar in classroom, this video tutorial is your choice!

The intemediate course features:
Lesson 1 Horror films
– Review verb and tense
Lesson 2 Rock n Roll
– Review sentence structure and pronouns
Lesson 3 Space
– Passive
Lesson 4 On the farm
– Review modals, introduce passive with modal auxiliaries, ought to, is able to
Lesson 5 At the doctor?s office
– Review modals, present perfect; intro: past modals, past perfect
Lesson 6 At the circus
– Review past perfect, hope and wish; intro: present/future conditional
Lesson 7 At the beach
– Review could, would, might; intro: second conditional
Lesson 8 Crime doesn?t pay
– Review 1st, 2nd cond., intro: 3rd cond.
Lesson 9 At the amusement park
– Review gerunds, intro: infinitives
Lesson 10 At the grocery store
– Review adjectives, count/noncount nouns; intro: adjective endings, participles, quantitatives
Lesson 11 At the playground
– Review subject, verb etc.; intro: phrases
Lesson 12 At the camp
– Review question words; intro: noun clauses
Lesson 13 At home
– Review there is/there are, some/any, adjectives; intro: adverbs, as??as
Lesson 14 Fairy Tales and Legends
– Review adverbs; intro: adverb clauses
Lesson 15 Christmas
– Review adj./noun clauses, continue adverb clauses
Lesson 16 In the workshop
– Review and, but, so; intro: transition words
Lesson 17 Under the water
– Review verb tense formation; intro: phrasal verbs
Lesson 18 At the doctors
– Review phrase/clause, say/tell/ask; intro: recorded speech, clause-phrase reduction
Lesson 19 Review lessons 1-9
Lesson 20 Review: lessons 10-18

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ASU-Ask a Biologist

ASU-Ask a Biologist / Listen & Watch
>                                                             Ask A Biologist began in 1997 in the School of Life Sciences. The site continues to be developed, and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. It is designed as an educational resource for students preK-12, and their teachers and parents. Ask a Biologist is visited by over 3,000 people every day and has answered more than 25,000 questions. This is a SafeSurf site.
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AHU-Ask a Biologist / Listen (Wt Transcript) : Talking Science
Dr Biology sits down with well known science correspondent, Robert Krulwich, for a fun conversation about communicating science. The two talk about media, old and new, and maybe some that may not have been developed.

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Crisis in Japan Strikes U.S. Nuclear Debate

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Earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan- who’s next? Some experts say it’s the U.S.

“The thing that most worries scientists is a threat of a huge earthquake along the southern end of the San Andreas fault. California faces a 94 percent probability of a magnitude 7 or greater quake in the next 30 years.”

But Americans are calling for more than steel enforced buildings. The media have fixated on the safety of nuclear power plants. A panel on Morning Joe discusses how events in Japan will frame America’s debate over nuclear energy.

“It’s going to be important that the public demand and the media demand that they be forthcoming about what the actual dangers and not sugar coat it and not try to gloss over the truth.”

Cable news shows brought in a slew of political leaders to weigh in on the American effects of the tragedy.

ED MARKEY (D-MA): “Well any plant that’s being considered for a seismically vulnerable area in the United States should be reconsidered right now.”

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): “We ought not make domestic policy based upon an event that happened in Japan.”

Still – a nuclear expert told NBC’s Chuck Todd fears of a meltdown in the states are unfounded.

“All of our power plants whether they’re in California which is a high earthquake area or in the Midwest or other places are required by the nuclear regulatory commission to design to be able to withstand the maximum credible earthquake.”

And before getting too carried away with safety concerns about nuclear energy, a blogger for Yglesias asks, is any energy production safe?

“While nuclear looks bad on safety grounds versus clean energy or efficiency, I don’t see any particular reason to see these safety concerns as more pressing than concerns around the fossil fuels that provide the majority of our energy.”

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Japan Disaster 2011

CNN Student News: Japan Earthquake Special Edition

CNN Student News Transcript: March 14, 2011
March 14, 2011



CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: We’re dedicating this edition of CNN Student News to our audience in Japan. The world is watching in support, and you are not alone.

First Up: Japan Earthquake

AZUZ: The nation of Japan is reeling today, trying to recover from a devastating natural disaster. The earthquake hit the island nation on Friday. It registered a magnitude of 8.9. That makes it the most powerful quake to hit Japan in at least 100 years. There were reports over the weekend that the quake moved the main of island of Japan — the entire island — by 8 feet!

And this is what it left behind: scenes of destruction. On Sunday, officials estimated that more than 1,500 people had been killed; more than 1,900 injured; more than 1,500 more missing. Those estimates all expected to go up. And the worst may not be over. Witnesses have reported feeling aftershocks. And scientists in Japan say that there’s a strong chance of another quake, one with a magnitude of 7.0 or higher, hitting in the next few days.

Just to get a sense of what this was like, take a listen to this iReport. This was shot by someone outside his house. You can hear the crashes as the area is rattled by the quake. Something just as devastating as the quake was the tsunami — this giant ocean wave — that the quake caused. It slammed into the Japanese coast, washing over cities and leaving death and destruction behind it.

Tsunami Strikes Japan

AZUZ: The northeastern part of the country took the worst of it. This is what the water looked like rushing into one city. Some areas were completely flattened, with foundations the only sign of the buildings that once stood on them. You might think of a tsunami as this towering tidal wave that crashes down on shore. That’s not what this was. Tsunamis are more accurately described as these “walls of water” that push onto shore and plow through anything they hit. Scientists believe that when there’s friction between two plates below the ocean’s surface, like in an earthquake, energy is released. That energy shoots up to the surface, spreads out in a wave. And it travels very fast, as fast as 500 miles per hour! You can see it spreading right here.

Now, if you’re in a boat out at sea, you might not even feel it. It’s incredibly powerful, but not necessarily very high. But look at what happens when that wave gets closer to shore: it slows down and builds up. And that wall of water just bulldozes inland. Look at how this tsunami wave spread. This animation shows you just how far these things can travel. It stretched out in all directions, spanning the Pacific Ocean. It hit Hawaii, causing millions of dollars in damage there. And it even reached the California coast, 5,000 miles from the area near Japan where the quake hit. And when the wave did reach Santa Cruz, California, it was still strong enough to do this: boats tossed like toys in the tub. It’s not nearly as destructive as what happened in Japan, but a clear illustration of ocean energy radiated across the world.

Japan Earthquake

AZUZ: Trying to put the impact of this earthquake in perspective. Japan’s prime minister, Naoto Kan, called it “the toughest and most difficult crisis” for his country since the end of World War II, more than 65 years ago. He said he’s confident that the Japanese people can work together to overcome the crisis. That could include making sacrifices, like dealing with electrical blackouts for one thing. The government is planning to run these rolling blackouts in order to save electricity while workers repair power plants. But Prime Minister Kan says right now, Japan has one main goal.

NAOTO KAN, JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER: Saving people’s lives must be our first priority. We must do all that we are able to do to save as many lives as we can now.

Just the Facts

STAN CASE, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Just the facts! Nuclear power plants generate power through a process called nuclear fission. This is when atoms of uranium, a radioactive element, are split apart. Fission produces a lot of heat energy, and that energy produces steam. The steam turns a turbine, and that’s how the plants generate electricity.

Meltdown Concerns

AZUZ: Officials in Japan are worried about what’s happening at one of the country’s nuclear power plants. It has six reactors, six facilities where that fission happens. And three of those reactors were running when the quake hit. The plant has safeguards in place for this kind of a situation. The reactors are supposed to shut down, and emergency generators are supposed to pump water into the reactors to cool them down. Remember, fission generates heat, so if you want it to stop heat quickly, you need to cool it down.

But in one of those three reactors, the back-up generators failed. Experts are blaming that on flooding from the tsunami. Another element — hydrogen — started building up inside the facility until it caused an explosion that blew the roof off. The reactor was not damaged in the explosion. But that’s the big concern here: a problem with the reactor. Like we said, the uranium inside of it is radioactive. And if too much of that radiation gets out, it could contaminate air or water and lead to very serious health problems.

World Response

AZUZ: You heard Japan’s prime minister say that the number one priority is saving lives. Rescue crews have been working furiously to try to find and help the victims of this earthquake. And the world is coming to Japan’s aid as well. The United States, United Kingdom, China, South Korea: just a handful of the nearly 70 countries that have offered to help. Some search-and-rescue teams have already arrived in Japan. More are on the way. International aid groups, like the Red Cross, Save the Children and Doctors Without Borders are getting involved, too. The USS Ronald Reagan — the warship that you see here — is also on the scene. Crew members are working with Japanese forces to fly supplies and equipment into the areas that were hit hard by the quake. They’re hoping to deliver 30,000 portions of emergency food supplies in the first run.

Impact Your World

AZUZ: Sometimes, you hear about a crisis somewhere in the world and wonder “What can I do?” We have a way for you. CNN’s “Impact Your World” program has information on some of the groups that are helping the victims of this quake, and it has ways for you to get involved. You’ll find a link to “Impact Your World” in the Spotlight section of our home page,


AZUZ: This is a huge story, and one that we’ll certainly be covering more on our show. But there’s also a lot of information up on our web site. We have In Depth Coverage on the quake itself and explainers on things like earthquake magnitudes and how nuclear reactors work. Finally today, we have a video that demonstrates the power of this natural disaster and its impact on Japan. We’re going to let that close out the show, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.


RYAN MCDONALD, WITNESS, CNN IREPORTER: My wife and I stood outside and basically held on to the outside of our house. You couldn’t even stand up. We have never, ever felt anything on the magnitude, the literal magnitude, of what we experienced today.

HARRIS PAYTON, WITNESS, CNN IREPORTER: The whole ground was shaking so much. It was unreal. I can’t describe it.

MCDONALD: Oh, my god. That is the biggest earthquake to date. Oh, my god, the building’s going to fall!

AUGUST AMBRISTER, WITNESS, CNN IREPORTER: It just blew up. Woo! Woo! Do you all see this?

BRENT KOOI, WITNESS, CNN IREPORTER: The crack is just moving. There’s water. I don’t know if water lines are broken, but this water was not there a minute ago.

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