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Libre à qui le souhaite de tisser ici ses propres fils avec ceux d'un blog à la trame dessinée par l'anglais et son univers. Orientés par exemple par l'histoire, l'humour, la musique ou le cinéma ses vidéos, textes, sons, illustrations -etc- viennent y prolonger les thèmes explorés en cours, et j'y publie des ressources conçues pour enrichir la pratique de la langue. S'il peut devenir outil de progression, je souhaite aussi qu'il vous procure plaisir et parfois même amusement... why not ?!
THE IDEA OF PROGRESS
The Daily Telegraph TECH news reporter Miranda Prynne tells us about the top emerging technologies : a top ten list has been composed by the WEF (World Economic Forum) : each innovating technology was selected for its actual "positive impact on the world".
Click the Telegraph logo and read the article
(26 Feb 2014)
Here's the full list of the top 10 emerging technologies :
Mining metals from desalination brine
Nanostructured carbon composites
Grid-scale electricity storage
Body-adapted wearable electronics
Nanowire lithium-ion batterie:
Human microbiome therapeutics
Quantified self (predictive analytics)
Would you reorder the ten technologies differently ?
Which one would be your #1 ? Which one would be your #10 ? Why ?
Explain your answers.
Have you ever heard of the "L.U.S.A." ? :o)
Have a glance at this map :
it's a map of the Literary United States of America !
The map was created by Geoff SAWERS and Bridget Hannigan, and dealt with by Simon GARFIELD "Mapping America Writers", an article from The Economist 's Intelligent Life website (November 2012).
Nowadays word clouds allow us to create any kind of picture-shaped meaningful groups of words. Computers help us do them, but... literary maps aren't recent !
Geoff Sawers and Bridget Hannigan also created literary maps of....
the United Kingdom :
The literary map of Wales
was created by Geoff Sawers and Gwyn Tudur Davies
Mind that the authors' names are not randomly located on the map : as Simon GARFIELD explains in his article, as for the U.S.A., "The project exposed literary trends : a tight concentration of old-school stars in the east, and of younger, more experimental writers spreading, pioneer-style, westwards."
Human lungs are currently being grown in a lab in Texas
and here's how :
The video below presents two researchers from the University of Minnesota working on the same issue :
2 related articles from :
NY Daily News (Feb. 15, 2014) :
« Scientists in Texas 'grow' uman lungs in a lab » by Victoria Taylor
Medical Daily (Feb. 14, 2014)
have become one of the favourite teens' literary genre.
This infographic deconstructs their architecture ; it also shows many of its elements are related to one of the 4 notions you're studying for the BAC exam -myths & heroes... and you may well learn some useful vocabulary.
New Year's resolutions
Watch the video below :
and practise your listening skills : answer the MCQ (7 questions) below :
Poet and Civil Rights activist Maya Angelou remembers Nelson Mandela had an extraordinary ability to forgive...