Lessons from Jul 2016 - Oct 2016

Philippines to split from USA

22nd October - "Easier"
The president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has announced his country will move away from the USA and work more closely with China.

Teen drivers most at risk of crashing

18th October - "Easier"
Teenage drivers are still the most likely to crash, according to a new study. Teen drivers are 1.6 times more likely to be in a traffic accident than adult drivers.




Vegetable gardens tested for Mars

10th October - "Easier"
Researchers from the U.S. space agency NASA are currently trying to find out what kind of plants could grow in the red soil on Mars.

Sad movies help reduce pain

24th September - "Harder"
Watching sad movies can sometimes be just what the doctor ordered and may increase our tolerance to pain.

Dolphin language may have grammar

15th September - "Easier"
Humans may not be the only ones to use grammar and vocabulary to speak and communicate. Scientists believe dolphins also use words and sentences to speak to each other.

Swimming with dolphins may be banned

31st August - "Harder"
Authorities in Hawaii are proposing a ban on the popular tourist activity of swimming with dolphins off the Hawaiian coast.

People who read live longer

10th August - "Easier"
New research shows that people who read a lot live longer. The study was carried out by researchers from Yale University.

Rio Olympics medal predictions

4th August - "Easier"
The worldwide banking company Goldman Sachs has made predictions about how many medals different countries will win at the 2016 Rio Olympics.




6,000 held after failed Turkey coup

20th July - "Harder"
The Turkish government is increasing its efforts to detain those it deems responsible for the weekend's failed coup attempt.

Pokemon Go is the next big thing

12th July - "Harder"
The Japanese games giant Nintendo has released an app that is taking the world by storm with an augmented reality game called Pokemon Go.

Company pays its workers to sleep

2nd July - "Easier"
A company in the USA is paying its employees to sleep more. Staff at the insurance company Aetna will get $300 a year extra.




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