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When you visit the supermarket in the United States, you can pay for your groceries with your fingerprint. Read on....


# posted on 12/30/2002          


 

Hey, with these new waterproof books, you can now practice reading English in the sento.


# posted on 12/30/2002          


 



Herb Ritts, who became famous for taking photos of Hollywood celebrities, like Richard Gere (above), passed away a few days ago from complications with pneumonia. Take a look at this online gallery of his photos.


# posted on 12/28/2002          


 

Are you tired of riding the train to school? Are you sick of those crowded buses? Can you no longer stand to wait in traffic jams? Well then, this is how you should commute to class: airboard!


# posted on 12/28/2002          


 

Somehow it doesn't surprise me that a religious cult was behind the alleged first human baby to be cloned. Read more...


# posted on 12/28/2002          


 

Now you can 'tie the knot' (get married) anywhere you want with this inflatable church!


# posted on 12/27/2002          


 

Here's a new riddle:

What do you throw out when you want to use it, but take in when you don't want to use it?

Please make some guesses. Don't be shy.


# posted on 12/26/2002          


 

Scientists in Israel have found a way to grow human kidneys in mice. Gee, I wonder what will be next, human brains in birds? That would give new meaning to the adjective, 'bird-brained'.


# posted on 12/26/2002          


 

Here's a Christmas poem for you: Our Star


# posted on 12/25/2002          


 

Crocodile Tears are those big long tears that roll straight down your face.


# posted on 12/23/2002          


 



Miyazaki's latest film, Spirited Away, recently won a Best Animated Film award by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Could it win an Oscar in 2003?


# posted on 12/21/2002          


 

Doctors are now able to treat cancer outside the body. "Scientists have treated cancer by removing an entire organ, administering radiotherapy and re-implanting it back into the body."


# posted on 12/21/2002          


 

Malaysia has outlawed Brat Pitt advertisements. Authorities considered the ads to be an "insult to Asians". Read on...


# posted on 12/21/2002          


 

Crawl inside this 40 ft. replica of the human colon!


# posted on 12/21/2002          


 

The Art of Sushi. See pictures of sushi rolled into butterflies, dragonflies, and flowers. Read about sushi in English.


# posted on 12/21/2002          


 

Japanese scientists have genetically engineered a silkworm that spins human skin. What will be next?


# posted on 12/20/2002          


 

Just for you Star Wars fans: Christmas with Chewbacca!


# posted on 12/20/2002          


 

The 2002 Year-End Google Zeitgeist

Examining the most popular search terms on Google can reveal the general cultural and moral climate of internet users.


# posted on 12/17/2002          


 

'Mnemonics' is the ability to remember long sequences of numbers or letters. Scientists say this is nothing special - we can all do it.


# posted on 12/17/2002          


 



Robots are coming! Read about ASIMO, the newest robot from Honda corporation.


# posted on 12/15/2002          


 

In an effort to raise awareness of problems facing senior citizens, scientists have developed a special suit that simulates being an old person. Now you can know what it feels like to be 80 years old. Suit up!


# posted on 12/15/2002          


 

It seems that Korea isn't very happy with the USA these days.

First, the two U.S. soldiers who hit and killed two 13-year-old Korean girls with a military vehicle were aquitted in a U.S. military court. More than 300,000 people took to the streets to protest.

Now James Bond is the culprit. Some people in both North and South Korea feel that the latest movie insults the Korean Nation. Read more...


# posted on 12/15/2002          


 

Last night I watched a movie called Come See the Paradise. It is a love story between a Irish-American man and a Japanese-American woman which takes place in California before and during WWII. It also depicts the difficulties that many Japanese-Americans had to go through, like being labeled the enemy and being put in internment camps. More than 120,000 Japanese people were forced to abandon their homes and belongings and go live in internment camps (outdoor prisons) in the countyside. Has anyone seen this movie? What do you think of the way Japanese people are depicted?


# posted on 12/15/2002          


 

A man saved himself from certain death by biting the crocodile who was trying to eat him!!!


# posted on 12/14/2002          


 



A really fun way to practice chatting in English to people from all over the world is to visit Active Worlds. Like a video game, you control a character who can explore the world and interact with other characters. The characters are called avatars. You can dance and fly too! Just download the free software and try it out.


# posted on 12/10/2002          


 

Put those babies to work and make them earn their keep! Baby mops...


# posted on 12/10/2002          


 



Check out these wind-powered walking machines!


# posted on 12/08/2002          


 

Aromatherapy and bright light can help patients suffering from dementia. This is wonderful news. I bet it can also help students suffering from depression. Read more...


# posted on 12/08/2002          


 

Scientists are developing an electronic eye implant which they believe could help millions of people to see again. Read on...


# posted on 12/08/2002          


 

Try this site for an English pronunciation tip of the day.


# posted on 12/07/2002          


 

Important Reminder:

For those students who will be giving presentations in January, please decide on a topic before the New Year holidays. If you have any questions, ask me in class or email me.

Thanks :-)


# posted on 12/05/2002          


 

Before the age of plumbing, outhouses were used as a common way to go to the toilet. Even today, they can be seen in the countryside. Here are some examples.


# posted on 12/05/2002          


 

Engineers have now invented a refrigerator that uses sound to cool food. This sonic technology could help to slow global warming by eliminating the gases normally used in refrigerators. Read more about this acoustic frig.


# posted on 12/05/2002          


 

Do you remember my story about being attacked by a monkey on Hiei-zan? Well, it seems I'm not the only one who has been assaulted by a monkey. Last week, 23 people were attacked by a single monkey in Suwa-shi, Northern Japan. Read the story.


# posted on 12/04/2002          


 



With these new glasses, you can now watch movies during class! No more boring lectures!


# posted on 12/04/2002          


 

"What about diamonds and gold, is that what you keep in your mouth?" - Ludacris

Wearing diamonds and gold in one's mouth is a fashionable style amongst certain Afro-American communties in the USA.


# posted on 12/04/2002          


 

Face transplants are soon to be a reality. Can you imagine getting a new face? Would you ever consider getting doing this? Would you ever consider donating your own face?


# posted on 12/01/2002          




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