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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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A ‘flying car’ has lifted off for the first time in Tokyo, in front of dozens of spectators gathered to watch what could be the future of the automobile. And as regulations are fine-tuned, experts say the race is on to become the first city to host commercial aerial vehicles.With the turn of a switch, the Hexa 'flying car' takes off and performs tw…
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Access to mobile internet is driving economic development in Africa but the cost of buying a phone is still a major obstacle for ordinary traders.85% of the sub-Saharan region is covered by networks but only 25% of people use it according to the mobile lobby group GSMA, now a company in Ghana has a plan to close this digital gap.Cyril Fianyo is a v…
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Those who want to climb one of the most popular trails on Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji will have to book a slot and pay a fee as crowds, littering and climbers who try to rush too fast to the summit cause safety and conservation concerns at the picturesque stratovolcano.The new rules for the climbing season, starting July 1 to September 10, apply for …
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Microsoft wants laptop users to get so comfortable with its artificial intelligence chatbot that it will remember everything you're doing on your computer and help figure out what you want to do next.The software giant on May 20 revealed an upgraded version of Copilot, its AI assistant, as it confronts heightened competition from Big Tech rivals in…
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McDonald's plans to introduce a $5 meal deal in the U.S. this month to counter slowing sales and customers' frustration with high prices.The deal would let customers get a four-piece McNugget, small fries, a small drink and either a McDouble burger or a McChicken sandwich for $5 in most areas, according to a person familiar with the deal who wasn't…
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Shandong Province in east China is taking an early lead in the country’s solar energy development, but it now faces challenges that will be met by other regions sooner or later.China is ramping up to install clean energy to meet the urgency of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions. The country wants one-fifth of its power to come from renewables by …
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Bike shops across the U.S. have had a bumpy ride in the years since a sales boom early in the pandemic.A surge of interest in cycling pushed sales up 64% to $5.4 billion in 2020, according to the retail tracking service Circana. It wasn’t unheard of for some shops to sell 100 bikes or more in a couple of days.The boom didn’t last. Hobbled by pandem…
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A school right next to Kenya's largest dumpsite has started planting bamboo to improve air quality. Foul-smelling fumes from the waste have been affecting the students' health.More than 100 bamboo trees dot the mini forest created around the Dandora Secondary School, located east of Kenya’s capital Nairobi next to the country’s largest dumpsite.The…
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Democrats and Republicans from Congress teamed up with professional footballers to raise money for youth soccer programs during the tenth edition of the Congressional Soccer Match.The game of red versus blue was the headline act for the U.S. Soccer Federation event at Audi Field in the nation's capitol on May 8.Rep. Darin LaHood, a Republican lawma…
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A new mandate that requires school districts across New Mexico to adopt calendars that consist of at least 180 days was put on hold by a judge while he considers the change’s legality.Dozens of school districts and superintendents have been challenging the state Public Education Department over the change. Teacher unions and Republican lawmakers al…
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A newly released ad promoting Apple's new iPad Pro has struck quite a nerve online.The ad, which was released by the tech giant on May 7, shows a hydraulic press crushing just about every creative instrument artists and consumers have used over the years—from a piano and record player to piles of paint, books, cameras, and relics of arcade games. R…
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Ever since humans have journeyed to space, their meals there have proved to be, well, nothing to write home about. But that could change after a Michelin-starred chef teamed up with the Florida-based startup Space Perspective to take fine dining to our upper atmosphere in late 2025.Six guests are set to ascend aboard Spaceship Neptune to the strato…
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Researchers are exploring ways to use features in modern cars, such as GPS, to make traffic safer and more efficient. Eventually, the upgrades could do away entirely with the red, yellow, and green lights of today, ceding control to driverless cars.Henry Liu, a civil engineering professor who is leading a study through the University of Michigan, s…
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Several dozen young people wearing light blue T-shirts imprinted with “#teachclimate” filled a hearing room in the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul in late February.The high school and college students and other advocates called on the Minnesota Youth Council, a liaison between young people and state lawmakers, to support a bill requiring schools to t…
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Personal patient information is being given currency in Kenya as a way of expanding patient access to doctors.A mobile start-up says its phone application allows users to pay for medical services by selling their personal data online through blockchain technology which protects their identity.In Kenya, accessing medical services can be expensive. K…
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The tranquil spaces of Kew Gardens are a perfect place for a bit of quiet reflection. And there’s more than one way to do that now.Dotted across the landscape is a series of sculptures, many of them made in stainless steel. The lush green vegetation of Kew is mirrored back from their shiny surfaces. There are 16 works to spot, some sitting on the o…
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Scammers stole more than $3.4 billion from older Americans last year, according to an FBI report that shows a rise in losses through increasingly sophisticated criminal tactics to trick the vulnerable into giving up their life savings.Losses from scams reported by Americans over the age of 60 last year were up 11% over the year before, according to…
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There may soon not be enough gas to meet demand in the Australian state of Victoria, and this could happen as soon as next year according to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).This is pushing more and more Victorians to switch off their gas, especially as their energy bills are getting steeper.“It’s just the savings. Like obviously, envir…
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Solar panels dot rooftops across sprawling Lagos, a Nigerian city that is undergoing a transformation as it adopts solar power. Nearly a decade ago, things looked quite different.Climate technology was new in Africa, and it was tough to get funding for start-ups that would eventually enable the region’s electrification.But the ecosystem has since c…
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Nationally, most teachers report feeling stressed and overwhelmed at work, according to a Pew Research Center survey of teachers last fall. Waning job satisfaction over the last two decades has accompanied a decline in teachers’ sense of autonomy in the classroom, according to a recent study out of Brown University and the University at Albany.At F…
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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says the company’s leaders should spend more time in stores and focus on coffee drinks as they work to turn around flagging sales.In a LinkedIn post, Schultz said many people had reached out to him after Starbucks reported weaker-than-expected quarterly sales and earnings.The Seattle coffee giant said revenue dro…
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Spicy, steaming, slurpy ramen may be everyone’s favorite Japanese food. In Tokyo, long lines circle around blocks, and waiting an hour for your favorite ramen is normal. Ramen has also surged in popularity in the U.S., South Korea, and other countries in the past 15 years or so.Menus at the top 500 U.S. restaurant chains have 6% more mentions of ra…
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Thousands of negotiators and observers representing most of the world’s nations gathered in Ottawa to craft a treaty to end the rapidly escalating problem of plastic pollution.The scale of the plastics problem is daunting, but not for the volunteers collecting waste on a Cape Town beach.Cleanup on this scale may be considered a drop in the oceans o…
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The Biden administration issued final rules to require airlines to automatically issue cash refunds for things like delayed flights and to better disclose fees for baggage or canceling a reservation.The Transportation Department said airlines will be required to provide automatic cash refunds within a few days for canceled flights and “significant”…
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Day-trippers to the fabled canal city of Venice who failed to pay 5 euros ($5.43) to enter the lagoon city’s historic center during a time-limited pilot program launched in April faced fines starting at 10 times the entrance fee.Venice has launched the long-discussed day-tripper fee after the city escaped being placed on the U.N. agency’s list of e…
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New York City residents may soon see warning labels next to sugary foods and drinks in chain restaurants and coffee shops, under a law set to go into effect later this year.The rule requires food businesses with 15 storefronts or more to post a warning icon—a black and white spoon loaded with sugar—next to menu items containing at least 50 grams of…
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This spring, NBC News, The New York Times, and National Public Radio (NPR) have each dealt with turmoil for essentially the same reason: journalists taking the critical gaze they deploy to cover the world and turning it inward at their own employers.Journalism as a profession attracts people who are anti-authoritarian, and who see themselves as tru…
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Relentlessly rising auto insurance rates are squeezing car owners and stoking inflation.Auto insurance rates rose 2.6% in March and are up 22% from a year ago. Premium costs have been marching steadily higher since 2022, even as inflation at the consumer level steadily cooled from its 9.1% peak in the middle of that year. Consumers have had some re…
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A $12 billion passenger bullet train linking Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area was dubbed the first true high-speed rail line in the nation, with a private company called Brightline West building it, and predicting millions of ticket-buyers will be boarding trains by 2028.Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, cited Biden administration…
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Ceramic stilettos and a matching handbag are two of the many artworks on show at Ceramic Art London, the largest high-end ceramics show in the UK. 116 artists were selected to exhibit from 20 countries around the world, and from as far as Guatemala, Japan, and South Korea.2024 marks the 20th anniversary since the first Ceramic Arts London. And it i…
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An artisan roastery based in the Finnish capital has introduced a coffee blend that has been developed by artificial intelligence in a trial in which it’s hoped that technology can ease the workload in a sector that traditionally prides itself on manual work.It is only apt that the Helsinki-based Kaffa Roastery’s “AI-conic” blend was launched in Fi…
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A group of Japanese doctors has filed a civil lawsuit against U.S. search giant Google, demanding damages for what they claim are unpoliced, derogatory and often false comments.The lawsuit, filed on April 18 in Tokyo District Court, demands 1.4 million yen ($9,400) in damages for 63 medical professionals.Google said in an emailed statement on April…
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Forget about red hot. A new color-coded heat warning system relies on magenta to alert Americans to the most dangerous conditions they may see this summer.The National Weather Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented a new online heat risk system that combines meteorological and medical risk factors with a seven-day fore…
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California pet owners struggling to find a rental that accepts their furry, four-legged family members could have an easier time leasing new housing under proposed state legislation that would ban blanket no-pets policies and prohibit landlords from charging additional fees for pets.Proponents of Assembly Bill 2216, which is awaiting a vote of the …
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Special LP releases, live performances, and at least one giant block party were scheduled around the U.S. on April 21 as hundreds of shops celebrate Record Store Day during a surge of interest in vinyl and the day after the release of Taylor Swift’s latest album.A wave of interest in physical records, especially LPs, has helped keep the independent…
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Volunteers help people pack up their tents and belongings in a city in rural Southern Oregon. The homeless here need to move to another park to avoid being cited by police for staying at one spot for too long.“The situation’s only escalating, and we’re seeing more and more people unhoused. And at the same time, we’re seeing more and more friction a…
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Denmark is facing a chilly spring. But as the seasons change, the country’s organic dairy cows are being ushered onto green pastures for springtime grazing.Organic Day is an annual event that warms hearts across the Scandinavian nation and has even become a popular family outing for urban residents. In April, organic farmers free their cows from ba…
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Supermarket beverage aisles are starting to look a lot more like a pharmacy.There are sodas made with mushrooms that supposedly improve mental clarity and juices packed with bacteria that claim to enhance digestive health. Water infused with collagen carries the promise of better skin, and energy drinks offer to help burn body fat.Welcome to the fr…
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A new immersive exhibition in Milan is bringing the Japanese art tradition of Ukiyo-e to audiences in Italy. Translated as 'floating world on print,' Ukiyo-e was popular between the 17th and 19th centuries.Artists produced woodblock prints and paintings on numerous themes including landscapes, folklore and famous faces.“Ukiyo-e contains two words: …
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Ola Kozak is celebrating. The 11-year-old, who loves music and drawing, expects to have more free time for her hobbies after Poland's government ordered strict limits on the amount of homework in the lower grades."Most people in my class in the morning would copy the work off someone who had done the homework or would copy it from the internet. So …
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Google on April 12 began removing California news websites from some people’s search results, a test that acted as a threat should the state Legislature pass a law requiring the search giant to pay media companies for linking to their content.The California Legislature is considering a bill that would require tech giants, like Google, Facebook, and…
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Much like nutritional labels on food products, “broadband labels” for internet packages tell you just what is going into the pricing of your service, thanks to new rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in April.“If you’ve ever shopped for home or mobile internet, you can understand how hard it can be to understand what you’re…
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A globe in the age of Google Earth?London globemaker Peter Bellerby thinks the human yearning to “find our place in the cosmos” has helped globes survive their original purpose—navigation—and the internet. “You don’t go onto Google Earth to get inspired,” Bellerby says in his airy studio, surrounded by dozens of globes in various languages and stat…
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Fine dining might conjure up images of exotic foods, sourced from far-off lands. But St. Barts in London is on a mission to prove delicious food can be local—and it’s won a coveted Michelin award for its efforts.St. Barts is the only Michelin-starred restaurant in London to also have a Green Michelin Star. While the traditional Michelin star indica…
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A failed Australian taxi industry disruptor told a court that Uber began illegally operating its ride-sharing service in Australia a decade ago to gain an unfair advantage over competitors.Taxi Apps, an Australian startup that developed taxi-hailing app GoCatch, lodged a 196-page statement of claim in the Victoria state Supreme Court in which it al…
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Drink it or bin it: That phrase should have become history this summer at all U.K. airports. But it's set to persist for at least another year after the British government said it will grant extensions to several large U.K. airports unable to meet the June 1 deadline to fully install new scanning technology. The airports include London's two bigges…
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Google has agreed to purge billions of records containing personal information collected from more than 136 million people in the U.S. surfing the internet through its Chrome web browser.The massive housecleaning comes as part of a settlement in a lawsuit accusing the search giant of illegal surveillance.The details of the deal emerged in a court f…
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The first World Water Library was launched in Switzerland in March, aiming to become a campaigning force for the conservation of water. The library funded by the Swiss Development Agency wants to become a focal point for solutions to water supplies dwindling because of climate change and other factors.Campaigners hope this 17th-century castle on an…
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California-based 99 Cents Only Stores said on April 5 it will close all 371 of its outlets, ending the chain’s 42-year run of selling an assortment of bargain-basement merchandise.The company has stores across California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas that will begin selling off their merchandise, as well as fixtures, furnishings, and equipment.Interi…
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Fencing offers a ray of hope to young people living in Nairobi’s poorest neighborhoods. This is not just a hobby for them: it's a force for good in their lives. Fencing has helped carve a path away from crime, drugs, and other social pressures."I used to be a gangster," says Mburu Wanyoike, who is now a coach for Kenya's National Fencing team. "I w…
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