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2010年12月18日17:28昂立教育周秀婷我要评论(0)
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  Passage 1

  Among global warming’s most frightening threats is the prediction that the polar ice caps will melt, raising sea level so much, that coastal cities from New York, to Los Angeles, to Shanghai will be flooded. Scientists agree that they key player in this scenario is the West Antarctic ice sheet. A Brazil size mass frozen water that as much as 7,000 feet thick, unlike floating ice shelves which have little impact on sea level when they break up, the ice sheet is anchored to bedrock will blow the sea surface. Surrounded by an open ocean, it is also vulnerable. But Antarctic experts disagree strongly on just how unstable it is. Now new evidence reveals that all are most of the West Antarctic ice sheet collapsed at least once during the past 1.3 million years-- a period when global temperatures probably will not significantly higher than they are today. And the ice sheet was assumed to have been stable. In geologic time, a million years is recent history. The proof which was published last week in Science comes from a team of scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden and Californian Institute of Technology who drill deep holes near the edge of the ice sheet. Within samples collected from the solid substance lying beneath the ice, they found fossils of microscope marine plants which suggests the region was once an open ocean, not solid ice. As Herman Ankleherd, a co-author from Californian Institute of Technology says, “The West Antarctic ice sheet disappeared once and can disappear again.”

  Questions 26 to question 29 are based on the passage you have just heard.

  Question 26: What is one of the most frightening threats of global warming according to the passage?

  Question 27: What did scientists disagree on?

  Question 28: What does the latest information reveal about West Antarctic ice sheet?

  Question 29: What does scientists’ latest finding suggest?

  Passage2

  It’s always fun to write about reserch you can actually try out yourself. Try this. Take a photo and upload it to Facebook, then after a day or so, know what URL link to the picture is and then delete it. Come back a month later and see if the link works. Chances are, it will. Facebook isn’t alone here. Researches at Cambridge University have found out nearly half of the social netwworking sites don’t delete pictures immediately when a user request they be removed. In general, photo-centric websites like Phlica were found to be better at quickly removing deleted photos upon request. Why did deleted photos deck around so long? The problem relates to the way data restored on large websites. While your personal computer only keeps one copy of a file., large-scale services, like Facebook, rely on what are called Content Delivery Networks to manage data and distribution. It’s a complex system where we render data to mutil-intermedia devices usually to speed up access to files when millions of people are trying to access the service at the same time. But because changes aren’t reflected across Content Delivery Networks immediately, ghost copies of files tend to linger for days or weeks. In the case of Facebook, the company says data may hang around until the URL link questioned is reused, which is usually after a short period of time, though obviously that time vary considerably.

  Question 30 What does the speaker ask us to try out?

  Question 31 What accounts for the failure of some websites to remove photos immediately?

  Question 32 When will the unwanted data eventually disappear from Facebook according to the company?

  Passage3

  Enjoy an iced coffee, better skip dinner or hit the gym afterwards. With the Cancer Charity warning that some iced coffees contain as many calories as a hot dinner, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) conducted a survey of iced coffee sold by some popular chains in Britain including Starbucks, Cafe Nero and Costa Coffee to give the calories as studies increasingly link obesity with cancer. The worst offender, a coffee from Starbucks had 561 calories, other iced coffees contained more than 450 calories, and the majority had an excess of 200. Health experts advise that the average women should consume about 2000 calories a day and a man about 2500 calories to maintain a healthy weight. Dieters in for 1000 to 1500 calories a day. The fact that there is an iced coffee on the market with over a quarter of a woman’s daily calories allowance is alarming. Doctor Rachel Thompson, science programmer manager at London-based WCRF, said in a widely reported statement, this is the amount of calories you might expect to have in an evening meal, not in a drink. The WCRF has estimated that 19 thousand cancers a year in Britain could be prevented if people lost their excess weight, with growing evidence that excess body fat increases various cancers. If you are having these types of coffee regularly. Then they will increase chances of you becoming overweight, with in turn increases your risk of developing cancer as well as other diseases such as heart disease, she added.

  Questions 33 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.

  Q33: What warning does some health experts give?

  Q34: What does the author suggest people do after an iced coffee?

  Q35: What could British people expect if they maintain the normal body weight according to the WCRF?

(昂立教育周秀婷)

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