Metal Clouds and Raining Precious Gems

Way out in space it seems like anything is possible. Massive planets that make our sun look like an ant, matter in all forms flying around, and even planets where the clouds may be metal and the rain might be precious gems. It’s almost too hard to believe, but who knows! Join Adam as he dives into this weeks Learn English with the News.

Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises on our website.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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And that’s it for today’s English lesson, where you can improve your English with the news and current events. Do you have any comments or special requests for us for the next edition of Learn English with the News? Be sure to leave any feedback you have in the comments section below, as we would love to help you on your quest to learn the English language!

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855 light-years from Earth, a massive gas giant orbiting a star may have metal clouds and rain made of liquid gems, according to new research. The planet, WASP-121b, was first discovered in 2015 and is similar to Jupiter.

Every 30 hours, it completes one orbit and is tidally locked, much like the moon is to Earth. That means one side of the planet is daytime while the other is night. On Earth, water evaporates and its vapor condenses into clouds, which then release rain. On WASP-121b, this cycle is more vicious.

On the dayside, temperatures range from 2,227 – 3,227 °C in the atmosphere. These blazing hot temperatures rip apart water atoms. These atoms are carried over to the nightside by winds that reach more than 17,703 km/hour. There, the molecules become water again and the process repeats.

On the nightside, things are cooler: the temperature is between 1,527 – 1,227 °C. This difference between the two sides of the planet also means it is cool enough for metal clouds made of iron and corundum, a mineral found in rubies and sapphires, to form.

Much like water vapor that gets cycled around on WASP-121b, these metal clouds may get pushed to the dayside where the metals vaporize into gasses. But before the clouds leave the nightside, they could release rain made of liquid gems.

Plant Vocabulary


Many people keep plants in their home, but taking care of plants can be very difficult! Some people have a green thumb and are able to grow many different types of plants. Other people (like me) struggle with taking care of their plants. Sometimes the plants get too much water and sometimes not enough! Here are some tips that will help your plants stay healthy.

1) Place your plants near a window! It is important for plants to get lots of sunlight, especially if they live indoors. Most artificial light is not good enough for plants, they need natural light.

2) Watch the leaves! If the leaves are wilting and turning yellow then they may have too much water. If the tips of the leaves are brown or dry then they do not have enough water.

3) Pay attention to the seasons! In winter, plants will need less water. It’s also important not to repot them in winter because they are dormant. Also be careful they don’t get too cold at night! Also, because the windows are closed the leaves may collect dust. The leaves should be cleaned so they can absorb more sunlight. In spring and summer plants need more water and may have bright green leaves to show that they are growing.

Try the following quiz!

Plant Vocabulary Quiz

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5 consigli per imparare l’inglese velocemente

Ognuno impara l’inglese alla propria velocità, ma siccome stai navigando verso i tuoi prossimi obiettivi, siamo qui per darti un aiuto verso il tuo personale successo nella maniera più rapida possibile. Ecco qui cinque segreti che possono aiutarti a imparare l’inglese un po’ più velocemente:

  1. Ascolta più che puoi
    Ascoltare conversazioni in inglese è uno dei modi più efficaci per creare il tuo vocabolario e le tue abilità nel parlato. Per consigli rapidi sull’allenamento del listening durante questa tua preparazione, guarda questo video dal TOEFL® TV Channel:

  1. Pratica l’inglese con un partner
    I compagni di studio possono aiutarsi a capire differenti argomenti, parlare attraverso domande e risposte e mettere in pratica le abilità della lingua inglese che si possiedono. Quindi il nostro consiglio è: trova altre persone nelle tue zone che stanno imparando l’inglese!
    1. Leggi libri per bambini e fumetti in inglese
      Leggere libri illustrati per bambini e fumetti in inglese aiuta a mettere diverse parole dentro a un contesto e aiuta a svolgere un apprendimento-divertente, specialmente quando hai appena cominciato. Guarda questo video per un rapido consiglio sul reading:

    1. Approfitta dei media online gratuiti
      C’è un’ampia gamma di podcast gratuiti e applicazioni disponibili online che possono aiutarti ad apprendere l’inglese velocemente. Per cominciare, ascolta questo learn English podcast su youtube che ti aiuterà ad allenarti con l’accento britannico e americano! Poi dai uno sguardo anche ai video correlati.

5. Credi in te stesso
La fiducia in sé stessi è una delle tue più grandi risorse verso il raggiungimento dei tuoi obiettivi. Prenditi dei rischi e non aver paura di fare degli errori, poiché gli errori stessi sono ottime opportunità per imparare! Prima che tu te ne accorga, starai parlando inglese con una completa sicurezza.

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