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レアジョブオリジナルの英会話ニュース教材です。世界の時事ネタを中心に、ビジネスから科学やスポーツまで、幅広いトピックのニュースを毎日更新しています。本教材を通して、ビジネスで使える実用的な英会話表現や英単語を身に付けることができます。
 
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An 83-year-old Italian man was fined after receiving complaints about his pet rooster crowing very early in the morning.Angelo Boletti, a longtime resident of Castiraga Vidardo, kept the rooster in his garden for 10 years. Because neighbors complained about the rooster’s noise, he eventually decided to give it to a friend. Boletti took the rooster …
 
George Eliot’s famous classic novel Middlemarch has been republished under the author’s real name.The author Mary Ann Evans used a male pseudonym to sell more books. Her book Middlemarch, which received several accolades, was originally published in eight installments from 1871 to 1872. The novel narrated what provincial life looked like in the fic…
 
Scientists from the North Carolina State University discovered a specific molecule that stimulates hair growth.At present, hair loss is treated with very expensive transplants and medications that require frequent application. However, many of the current methods are often ineffective. This prompted the researchers to explore alternative means to s…
 
Multimedia communication app Snapchat released an update that provides users with in-app voter registration tools.The new tools included in the rollout were a voter checklist and a feature that helps users learn more about different voting options before the election. Through the update, users can register to vote directly on the app.Snapchat partn…
 
A recent study found that adolescents who promise to be honest are less likely to cheat in school.Researchers from the University of Plymouth [PLIM-uhth] conducted the study with Indian students between 10 and 14 years old.The study’s participants were asked to play games in which they earned points that could be converted into prizes. One of the g…
 
Apple has been under fire for prohibiting major gaming apps from being launched on the App Store.According to Apple, the restricted gaming apps from Microsoft and Facebook provide access to third-party games that were not reviewed or approved by the company. Before apps are launched on the App Store, Apple’s guidelines require developers to submit …
 
Researchers from the National University of Singapore developed artificial skin that gives robots and prostheses a sense of touch.The device, called Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin (ACES), is about one square centimeter in size and consists of 100 small sensors. The researchers said that ACES can identify different textures of roughness, as it d…
 
A Hyundai car dealership in Brazil adopted a stray dog and later hired it as an office employee.Branch manager Emerson Mariano said he first saw the dog outside the dealership. The dog visited the showroom frequently until Mariano let it in for shelter and some food and water one rainy evening. Afterward, the dealership staff felt that the dog want…
 
A team of researchers from the University of Bath created a device that enables users to digitize their dogs without the need for traditional motion capture technology.Traditional motion capture requires specialists to attach sensors to a human or animal actor. These sensors are used to track and record their movements, which are transferred to a d…
 
Scientists created a special sunblock called selenomelanin, which protects astronauts from dangerous radiation.The sunblock was created by enriching melanin with selenium. Melanin is a natural substance that provides color and protection to human hair, skin, and eyes, while selenium is an element that has cancer-preventing properties.To test the ef…
 
Rhode Island mistakenly released tax refund checks with the signatures of iconic cartoon character Mickey Mouse and Disney founder Walt Disney.The state’s Department of Revenue sent out 176 erroneous checks in July with “Mickey Mouse” and “Walt Disney” replacing the names of General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and State Controller Peter Keenan on the …
 
Liverpool University archaeologists recently found Egyptian mummies that could finally help archaeologists uncover the long-lost burial tomb of the legendary Egyptian pharaoh [FAIR-oh] Cleopatra.Cleopatra is widely known as Egypt’s last ruler. She was an intelligent, charismatic politician who furthered Egypt’s political goals during her reign.Alth…
 
A team of international researchers conducted a study to determine why certain mosquitoes developed a preference for human blood.According to study co-author Noah Rose, mosquitoes found in dense human populations in cities with intense dry seasons evolved to have a stronger preference for human blood. The researchers speculate that the evolution ha…
 
A proposed code of conduct in Australia will require tech giants Facebook and Google to pay media outlets in the country for news content.The proposal, which was developed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), is set to be adopted this year. According to Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer of Australia, it will be the first legislati…
 
A study has discovered new ways to help students improve their mental health.According to the study done by the Yale Child Study Center (YCSC) and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (YCEI), college students’ mental health improved when they performed breathing techniques and exercises to cope with anxiety and stress.The study evaluated thre…
 
An anonymous British artist who goes by the nickname Banksy donated three paintings to help a hospital in Bethlehem.The paintings, which fetched £2.2 million (around ¥305 million), were auctioned off in London by auction house Sotheby's. The money raised from the auction will be used to buy equipment for children’s rehabilitation and build a new st…
 
Ocean conservationist Fabien Cousteau [koo-STOH] and Swiss industrial designer Yves Béhar unveiled plans for an ambitious underwater research center.The facility is named after the Greek ocean deity Proteus and will be located 60 feet beneath the surface of the Caribbean Sea. Once completed, the structure will span 4,000 square feet and accommodate…
 
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new health campaign that could help decrease obesity cases in the country.Called Better Health, the campaign involves training general practitioners (GPs) to guide patients in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. GPs will encourage obese patients to take weight management classes and follow a meal and fitness…
 
Starbucks is updating its loyalty program by allowing customers in the United States and Canada to get rewards using any payment method.The coffee chain’s current loyalty program requires customers to use reloadable Starbucks cards to collect points for rewards. Through this payment method, customers can earn two points per dollar they spend at the…
 
Experts built a drone that mimics a swift, one of the world’s fastest flying birds.An international team of engineers created an ornithopter, or a bird-inspired drone, that can hover, glide, and dive. Thanks to its flapping wings, this ornithopter can easily outperform typical drones.The drone is similar to a swift when it comes to mobility and spe…
 
A new study suggests that children who play with their fathers at a very young age may find it easier to control their actions and emotions later in life.Conducted in partnership with the nonprofit organization LEGO Foundation, the study examined how playtime with parents affects children’s development. Researchers from the University of Cambridge …
 
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), a science agency based in Australia, named five flies after popular Marvel icons.Four of the flies were given scientific names that reference Marvel characters Thor, Loki, Deadpool, and Black Widow, and the remaining one was named after Marvel creator Stan Lee. The insects' s…
 
Finance expert Martin Lewis criticized the United Kingdom’s new student loan quick repayment tool, saying that it can lead to poor financial decisions.The UK government’s Student Loans Company (SLC) recently redesigned its website by introducing a new tool to make it easier for graduates to repay their outstanding loans. The organization said that …
 
Scientists from the California Institute of Technology discovered a new type of bacteria that feeds on manganese [MANG-guh-nees], a type of metal.Jared Leadbetter, one of the scientists, accidentally discovered the bacteria after using a chalk-like form of manganese for an experiment. He left a jar filled with the metal and tap water in his office …
 
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) clarified claims that it added a new zodiac sign called Ophiuchus.Rumors about the new zodiac circulated years ago, but they resurfaced when a story about NASA’s purported discovery of Ophiuchus reappeared on the internet. The article caused a stir online because many people became worried th…
 
A newly launched website lets users gaze out of strangers’ windows around the world from the comfort of their own homes.WindowSwap was created by a Singapore-based couple working in advertising. According to the couple, they got bored of seeing the monotonous view from their window, so they created a website where they can see other people's views …
 
Famous fried chicken brand Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) announced its plans to produce chicken nuggets in laboratories.In line with its goal of creating a “restaurant of the future,” KFC is undertaking an innovative project to produce meat through 3D bioprinting technology. The restaurant chain has partnered with Russian research laboratory 3D Biop…
 
An exclusive island in Australia’s Southern Great Barrier Reef has been put up for sale.Pumpkin Island is 14 kilometers away from the coastal town of Yeppoon in Queensland. The six-hectare island has a secluded beach, library, and cottages that can accommodate around 34 guests. It also has a helicopter pad and a customized 36-passenger boat.Despite…
 
Studies have found a new link between changes to visual abilities and the development of Alzheimer’s disease.The two studies, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), found that changes in a person's eyesight could be biomarkers for Alzheimer’s. The disease is usually diagnosed through cognitive changes, such as increased memory loss and di…
 
A study has found that music streaming may have more detrimental effects on the environment than physical formats.A team of researchers from the University of Oslo and the University of Glasgow discovered that streaming music online has a higher environmental impact than using physical media like CDs and records.The researchers compared the carbon …
 
NASA is inviting people around the world to design a space toilet through its Lunar Loo Challenge.The contest seeks novel designs for toilets that can be used both on the International Space Station (ISS) and the moon. The creator of the winning design will receive $20,000, while the second and third place designers will receive $10,000 and $5,000,…
 
Tobii, a Sweden-based trailblazer in eye-tracking technology, released a new device that can help gamers perform better in fast-paced video games.The Tobii Eye Tracker 5 was released in June with an improved head tracking ability, greater speed, and better responsiveness. It is meant to replace the older model Tobii Eye Tracker 4C, which was launch…
 
Rehan Staton, a 24-year-old college student who previously worked as a garbage collector, was accepted to Harvard Law School.Born and raised in Maryland, Staton had a difficult life growing up. At one point, his father, who was his family’s sole provider, worked three jobs at once to make ends meet. Because of the difficulties his family faced, Sta…
 
Mondelēz [mohn-dah-LEEZ], the parent company of confectionery brand Cadbury, has decided to reduce the calories of some of its chocolate bars.The company announced that it will be cutting calories from childhood favorites Fudge, Curly Wurly, and Chomp bars in coming months. After the change, all three chocolate bars will have fewer than 100 calorie…
 
Bagged salad mixes sold at grocery stores were recalled after being possibly contaminated with infectious parasites.The affected products were distributed to 10 US states and sold at grocery chains Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, and ALDI. The mixes, which contained carrots, iceberg lettuce, and red cabbage, were produced by Fresh Express, a company that manuf…
 
US pharmacy chain Walgreens has announced its intent to open doctor offices in hundreds of its stores in the United States.The company partnered with primary care provider VillageMD to add clinics to its drugstores. VillageMD has agreed to staff and operate 500 to 700 clinics in the next five years. The healthcare provider is aiming to hire over 3,…
 
Jessan Macatangay, a recent graduate of Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins (CSM) in London, created a fashion collection out of chairs.Jessan made five masterpieces for his experimental project called “Finding Beauty and Power in Struggle.” The budding designer created them using drapes and parts of chairs as his materials. In his first design…
 
A study has found that data generated from home security cameras can actually compromise one’s security.An international team of researchers used data from a security camera manufacturer to find out if anyone can track the cameras’ data without seeing the actual video content.The team evaluated a type of security camera called an Internet Protocol …
 
The University College London (UCL) has decided to rename three of its buildings.The university decided to change the names of two theaters and one building that were originally named after Francis Galton and Karl Pearson, who were scientists and prominent advocates of eugenics. The new names for the Galton Lecture Theatre, Pearson Lecture Theater,…
 
A recent study found that contrary to popular belief, the production of coconut oil is more damaging to the environment than palm oil production.Scientists from the University of Exeter analyzed previous studies on the possible environmental effects of vegetable oil production. They found that while palm oil only affects 3.8 threatened species for …
 
A new study revealed that young people who attend loud music events are more prone to having early signs of hearing damage than those who do not.Scientists from the University of Manchester have found a link between signs of hearing damage and exposure to loud recreational noise like music at clubs or concerts. Although the damage is not bad enough…
 
Scotland’s Gaelic language may vanish in a decade, according to one study.Scottish Gaelic is a language of Celtic origin mainly spoken along the northwest coast of Scotland and some nearby islands. The language is an essential part of the Scottish culture and has been used in the country for over 1,500 years.However, researchers from the University…
 
After 84 years in the industry, famous camera brand Olympus has decided to sell its camera manufacturing business.The company is now seeking to strike a deal with a Japanese investment firm to sell the camera and imaging part of its business. The price of the sale has not been disclosed, but the parties plan to sign an agreement by September and fi…
 
A dog-like robot called Spot from Boston Dynamics, an engineering company based in the United States, can now be purchased for about $75,000.The robot was first introduced five years ago, but it was not made available to the public for purchase until this year. When the robot was initially released in 2015, Boston Dynamics launched an early adopter…
 
A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that some Americans practice unsafe disinfection methods to fight Covid-19.Last May, the CDC conducted an online survey among 502 US adults aged 18 to 86. The goal of the survey was to measure participants’ knowledge of household cleaning safety and practices that may prevent …
 
A concert was held at a theater in Barcelona, Spain, with an audience consisting entirely of houseplants.The Gran Teatre del Liceu reopened in June and held its first concert since being forced to close its doors in March. A string ensemble called the UceLi Quartet played in front of a variety of houseplants that occupied the theater’s 2,292 seats.…
 
Brandless, a company known for selling products without a brand, will relaunch after going out of business.The company was founded in California in 2017. It sold a variety of unbranded household, health, and beauty products with a fixed price of $3 each. Its original goal was to eradicate the idea of branding and the costs involved with it so that …
 
A prolonged heatwave in Siberia, Russia, caused the number of wildfires in the region to increase almost 500% since late June.The worst-hit area is the town of Verkhoyansk, where a temperature of 38°C was recorded in June. This temperature is 18°C warmer than the area’s maximum daily average for the month and likely to be the hottest recorded in th…
 
A new study found that grouping classes by ability is impairing students’ self-confidence.A group of researchers from the United Kingdom surveyed more than 9,000 adolescent students who were grouped in classes according to their ability. The researchers monitored these groups over a span of two academic school years. They focused on the students’ p…
 
Experts have proposed building an ultra-rapid train (URT) network that connects Europe’s capital cities as part of a plan to help the continent recover from recent economic losses.The European Union (EU) is proposing a €2 trillion recovery package to lend a hand to countries that were affected by lockdowns. The package is aimed particularly at indu…
 
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