Living Off-Grid Like a Hobbit

Introduction:

When you’re living off grid like a Hobbit, people are going to want to take a trip to the Shire to see how you’re doing. And who doesn’t love a Hobbit? Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand but one man has brought the idea of Hobbit homes to the UK, though he claims never to have seen the movies. Interestingly, he doesn’t mention not having read the books!

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Living Off-Grid Like a Hobbit | Definition Match

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Living Off-Grid Like a Hobbit | True or False

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Full text for Living Off-Grid Like a Hobbit:

Stuart Grant, now 90 years old, moved into the cottage he bought as a wreck with no roof and no doors in 1984 while he was renovating a house, but found it was so satisfying doing DIY on the quirky building which dated back 200 years, that he decided to make it his home.

He does not have a mobile phone or use the internet and no longer drives due to his age, but he loves getting out and meeting people, which is good considering he has been inundated with visitors.
Grant states that he has never watched Lord of the Rings and that is only a coincidence that the front door is almost the same shape and same kind of wood.

The old house had doorways, but no doors; window frames, but no windows, and there was no roof either. Outside there were only cows, chickens, and a donkey as neighbors. Building everything by hand, he described as working in “slow motion,” while living in a shed near to the cabin. He cut the wood from fallen trees and collected stones from the river for the stonework.

As the tourists began coming they would routinely apologize for disturbing him and say they would feel better if there were a collection box. He eventually acquiesced but insists no one has to put anything in it.

Edible Drones Could Keep Disaster Survivors in Remote Areas Alive

Introduction:

Edible drones! It’s what’s for dinner. Researchers have developed a new kind of drone that makes use of edible materials and can be sent to help vicitms trapped inside of disaster areas.

Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises below.

The news is a consistent and endless source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it’s doubtless a piece of your daily routine that can’t go ignored.

There are many reasons to read, watch or listen to the news. Understanding the ramifications of recent legislation passed. Listening to recent events and grasping the potential consequences to your country. Or, simply listening to what’s happening in other countries so you can compare them to your own. It’s a staple in our lives and the most reliable way to get information.

That’s why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with current events. We hope our challenging exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, bring these worlds together in a satisfactory and entertaining way.

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Edible Drones Could Keep Disaster Survivors in Remote Areas Alive | Definition Match

Match the following words to the correct definitions.

Edible Drones Could Keep Disaster Survivors in Remote Areas Alive | Fill in the Blank

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Edible Drones Could Keep Disaster Survivors in Remote Areas Alive | True or False

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Full text for Edible Drones Could Keep Disaster Survivors in Remote Areas Alive:

Drones can be crucial during natural disasters. They can transport supplies to people in need. But what if they themselves were made of food? Researchers have developed a small flying craft that has wings made of rice cakes and gelatin.

A team in Switzerland made the wings functional for flight and as cargo at the same time, so the drone could deliver food or medication. To create the wings, rice cakes are laser-cut into hexagons and fixed together using gelatin. The wings are then wrapped in plastic, before being attached to the flying part.
The prototype drone was able to fly 10 meters per second. The team now wants to transform other inedible pieces, suggesting that structural components could be 3D-printed using edible material.

The drones have a wingspan of about 70 centimeters. This means there is enough rice cake and gelatin glue to deliver one breakfast serving. After the wings, there are 80 leftover grams which can be used to deliver vitamins or water.

The research has been documented and is just one application of the group’s research initiative called RoboFood, which seeks to develop edible robots in a way that maximizes both performance and nutritional value.

Lab-Grown Blood Given in World-First Clinical Trial

Introduction:

For the first time in history lab-grown blood has been given to patients in a clinical trial. This blood is expected to be used to help doctors treat rare blood disorders in patients that require blood transfusions.

Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises below.

The news is a consistent and endless source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it’s doubtless a piece of your daily routine that can’t go ignored.

There are many reasons to read, watch or listen to the news. Understanding the ramifications of recent legislation passed. Listening to recent events and grasping the potential consequences to your country. Or, simply listening to what’s happening in other countries so you can compare them to your own. It’s a staple in our lives and the most reliable way to get information.

That’s why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with current events. We hope our challenging exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, bring these worlds together in a satisfactory and entertaining way.

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Adapted from this article.

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Lab-Grown Blood Given in World-First Clinical Trial | Definition Match

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Lab-Grown Blood Given in World-First Clinical Trial | True or False

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Full text for Lab-Grown Blood Given in World-First Clinical Trial:

Scientists have grown human red blood cells in a lab for the first time, and carried out a clinical trial to test it on patients.

How does it work? A donor gives a sample of blood. Then scientists use a process that encourages stem cells in the donated blood to become new red blood cells. This opens the door for transfusion treatments for people who have rare blood types.

For the majority of blood transfusions (for A, B, O, and AB blood types), hospitals will still rely on people donating. But what if a patient needs a blood transfusion from the “Bombay” blood group (a rare blood type that contains H antigens)?

Certain other diseases, such as sickle-cell anemia, require regular blood transfusions. A transfusion with the wrong blood type will be viewed as foreign and attacked by the immune system.

In this trial, tiny amounts of lab-grown blood containing radioactive particles were given to ten healthy patients so they can track how long the blood remains in the bloodstream. Red blood cells typically last 120 days. The body then replaces them. Because lab-grown blood only contains new cells, it may be possible for smaller, less frequent transplants.