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How hard is it to find something to eat that is both healthy and delicious? It’s not as
hard as you think. Bananas are almost perfect when it comes to flavor and health benefits.
Some of the health benefits include lower blood pressure, better digestion, and increased
Bananas are loaded with vitamins and minerals, making them one of nature’s
healthiest fruits. They have three times the amount of vitamin A and C compared to apples.
In addition, they have five times more protein than an apple.
The potassium in bananas can help your heart and lower your blood pressure. This
mineral also aids in muscle movement and digestion and is good for the kidneys.
Furthermore, it can help maintain bone strength.
Bananas provide not only physical benefits but also mental and emotional benefits.
Bananas contain tryptophan, a well-known compound in foods that helps lift our mood.
Also because tryptophan aids in sleep, eating a banana before bed helps us rest better.
Next time you want a healthy snack or a boost in your mood, look no further than nature’s
perfect fruit – the banana!
In the old days every region had its own system of measurement. The British, for
example, used feet and inches, while the Danes used thumbs and palms. Fortunately, all
this confusion changed thanks to the insight of two scientists.
Jean Delambre and Pierre Mechain were astronomers who knew that the world needed
a unified system of measurement. They decided that the base unit for this should be one
ten-millionth of the distance between the North Pole and the equator. They called this unit
the meter, after the Greek word for “a measure.”
In 1792, the two scientists decided to calculate the new measure by measuring the
distance between Dunkirk, France and Barcelona, Spain. Starting at Paris, Delambre
would go north and Mechain would head south. During the measurement, war broke out
between France and Spain, and Mechain was trapped in enemy territory. Later, the
Spanish realized the importance of the metric system, so they provided a military escort to
protect the scientist. Things were no better for Delambre, who faced hostile mobs and
accusations of sorcery!
Despite these difficulties, the survey was completed, and slowly the system began to
gain popularity around the world. Although the system spread, the definition of a meter
had to change, due to errors in the scientists’ measurements. It turned out a meter wasn’t
actually one ten-millionth of the distance between the North Pole and the equator. Today,
a meter is defined as 1/299,792,458 of the distance light travels in a vacuum in one
second. 【題組】44.According to the article, what can we learn about Amy Chua?
(A) She thinks of herself as a soft-spoken mother.
(B) She believes the way her parents raised her is correct probably because she
has been excellent and successful.
(C) She can’t agree with criticisms of her more.
(D) She has been tolerant of her children’s mistakes.
Imagine being born without arms. No arms to wrap around someone, or to hold
another hand with. Or what about being born without legs? Having no ability to dance,
walk, run, or even stand on two feet. Now put both of those scenarios together: no arms
and no legs. What would you do? How would that affect your everyday life? Meet Nick
Vujicic. Born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia, without any medical explanation or
warning, Nick came into the world with neither arms nor legs. Little did his parents know
that this beautiful limbless baby would one day be someone who would inspire people
from all walks of life, touching lives all over the world.
Despite the typical challenges of school and puberty such as bullying and self-esteem
issues, Nick was never defeated. As Nick grew up, he learned to deal with his disability
and started to be able to do more and more things on his own. By embracing his situation,
in grade seven Nick was elected captain of his school and worked with the student council
on various fund-raising events for local charities. He went even further and obtained a
double bachelor's degree majoring in accounting and financial planning. By the age of 19,
Nick had started to fulfill his dream of encouraging others by sharing his story around the
world through motivational speaking. Due to his bravery and persistence, Nick was
selected for the "Young Australian of the Year" award in 2005. Now at 29 years old, this
limbless young man has accomplished more than most people even twice his age.
Two dolphins race around in a big pool in the Ocean Park. The smaller dolphin Grace, shown off a few of her tricks, turning around and waving hello to the crowd. The most amazing thing about her, however, is that she’s even swimming at all. She doesn’t have a tail.Grace lost her tail as a baby when she got caught up in a fish trap. When the dolphin arrived at the Ocean Park in Dcember 2005, she was fighting for her life. “Is she going to make it?” Her trainer, Abbey Stone, feared the worst. Grace did make it --- but her tail didn’t. She ended up losing her flukes and the lower part of her peduncle.
Over the past six years, she has learned to swim without her tail. Dlphins swim by moving their flukes and peduncle up and down. Grace taught herself to move another way---like a fish! She pushed herself forward through the water by moving her peduncles from side to side.
The movement put harmful pressure on Grace’s backbone. So a company offered to create a man-made tail for her. The tail had to be strong enough to stay on Grace as she swam but soft enough that it wouldn’t hurt her.
The first time Grace wore the artificial tail. She soon shook it off and let it sink in the bottom of the pool. Now, she is still learning to use the tail. Some days she wears it for an hour at a time, others not at all. “The tail isn’t necessary for her to feel comfortable,” says Stone, “but it helps to keep that range of motion(动作) and build muscles(肌肉).”
Now, the dolphin is about to get an even happier ending. This month, Grace will star in Dlphin Tale, a film that focus on her rescue and recovery. Her progress has inspired more than just a new movie. Many people travel from near and far to meet her. Seeing Grace swim with her man-made tail gives people so much courage.
When Grace first arrived at the Ocean Park, her trainer worried about her .
(A)physical build (B) potential ability
(C)chance of survival (D) adaptation to the surroundings.