Sebastian Thrun: Google’s driverless car
Jul28

Sebastian Thrun: Google’s driverless car

Sebastian Thrun helped build Google’s amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents. Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:...

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Jay Walker: The world’s English mania
Jul22

Jay Walker: The world’s English mania

Jay Walker explains why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. He shares photos and spine-tingling audio of Chinese students rehearsing English — “the world’s second language” — by the thousands. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:   Comprehension Questions   What is the worlds new mania?   When do the Chinese start...

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David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments
Jul16

David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments

David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square’s worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. This short talk celebrates the pioneering work of ocean explorers like Edith Widder and Roger Hanlon. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:  ...

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Richard St John: 8 secrets to success
Jul10

Richard St John: 8 secrets to success

Why do people succeed? Is it because they’re smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below: Comprehension Questions   Where did it all start?   How many interviews did he do?   Who said work was fun?   Who pushed...

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Camille Seaman: Photos from a storm chaser
Jul04

Camille Seaman: Photos from a storm chaser

Photographer Camille Seaman has been chasing storms for 5 years. In this talk she shows stunning, surreal photos of the heavens in tumult. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:     Comprehension Questions   Where is her tribe situated?   When did she start storm chasing?   What percentage of supercell produce tornados?   What has she learned to respect?   What...

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Life Lessons Through Tinkering
Jun07

Life Lessons Through Tinkering

If you’re reading this webpage, it is likely that you are studying for your IELTS exam. As a student of English, you know that it can be a difficult experience to learn a new language. However, everyone learns differently. For some people, it even seems easy! Yet we all have ways that work for us and don’t work for others. Most children learn best through doing. Sure, they need to listen and read sometimes, but they...

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