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The New Cheeseburger

A twist on an old idea may have you saying “Mmmmm…” You may have heard of a veggie burger before: a mix of vegetables and grains ground up and made into a burger-like shape. Though they are called burgers, they don’t look anything like the beef patty that Americans feast on. Burgers are in high demand in America; in fact it’s estimated that over 50 million burgers are consumed in America each year. The meat industry has caused a lot of environmental issues, so this new burger could be a great solution for those who don’t like vegetarian replacements...

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Teenager Hacked 50,700 Computers

A 17-year old boy from Finland has been found guilty of hacking over 50,000 computers. The crimes were committed when he was 15-16 years old. He attacked computers at Harvard University and MIT as well as the technology news website ZDNet.com. He also used stolen credit card details to buy things online, including champagne . The teenager was found guilty and was given a 2 year suspended prison sentence. This means that if he does not commit a crime within 2 years, he will not go to prison; the sentence will be erased. If, however, he commits another crime...

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How Kindle Helps You Learn a Second Language

I was skeptical about Kindles. I liked the feel of a book. The smell. I didn’t want to read on a small computer screen. No. Well, not until I discovered that my Kindle would help me improve my second language, Spanish. Now I would recommend ANYONE who is learning a language to get one. Here’s how a Kindle can help you improve your language. When you are reading a book you can click on any word that you don’t understand. A dictionary appears with the definition of the word. Cool, right? Even cooler: you can download bilingual dictionaries and...

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Your Photos are not Safe Online: One Mother’s Shocking Story

Christie is like all mothers; she loves her daughter and wants to protect her. She often writes about her daughter on a blog, but never uses her daughter’s name because she wants to protect her daughter’s identity. She also rarely posts photos of her. But once was enough for a photo to be stolen. Her daughter has Down’s Syndrome. (you can read more about Down’s Syndrome here). Her photo was stolen and put on a different website. This website was for ‘stock photos’ where anyone can download the image for free. This photo of Christie’s daughter was then used in an advertising campaign without Christie’s knowledge. The advertising campaign was for a prenatal test (a test that pregnant women can have to find out more about their baby before it is born). This test can see if your baby has Down’s Syndrome, like Christie’s daughter. In Spain, where this advertising campaign appeared, 90-95% of parents who use this prenatal test and discover that their child has Down’s Syndrome terminate the pregnancy. Christie says she was “heart-broken” when she found out her daughter’s photo was used to sell this product; a product that leads to the death of 90-95% of fetuses that have Down’s Syndrome. The company responsible for the advertising campaign, Genoma, have removed the image and Christie is consulting a lawyer. Genoma not only broke copyright laws by stealing the...

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Spanish Politician plays Candy Crush at work

A Spanish politician has been caught on camera playing Candy Crush on her tablet computer while the President was giving an important speech. Celia Villalobos is the Vice-President of the Congress of Deputies- an important job that is similar to that of Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons in the UK.   It is her job to control the debate. She is also a member of the conservative Partido Popular, the ruling party in Spain. This happened during President Rajoy’s annual “state of the nation” speech. The opposition party in Spain, the left-wing  PSOE says that she has set a “very bad example”. This is not the first time a politician has been caught playing Candy Crush during a meeting. In December 2014 the British politician Nigel Mills was caught playing the game during a meeting on Work and Pensions. Vocabulary: to be caught doing something (v), ruling party (n), opposition party (n), left-wing (adj), to set a good/bad example to someone (v), pensions (n). Photo credit: El periodico Discussion Questions 1) Have you ever been caught doing something you shouldn’t be doing?  What happened? 2) Do you play any computer/moible games? Which ones? Why? 3) What advantages and disadvantages are there to playing games on the computer or mobile phone? 4) PSOE say that Celia Villalobos has set a bad example. Do you agree? Do you think she...

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