Recently China reported the fifth straight annual decline in its grain harvest and said it would boost spending in its countryside to fight rural poverty. China‘s grain harvest in 2003 was 947 billion pounds, down 5 percent from 2002, said Chen, an official of a financial agency attached to China‘s Cabine. The decline was due in part to Chinese farmers switching to more profitable crops, Chen said at a news conference.
China, long a nation of pedestrians, cyclists and buses, is undergoing an automobile revolution. Sales of cars, pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles here overtook similar sales in Germany this year, and production surpassed South Korea‘s.
NASA‘s twin Mars exploration rovers, now named Spirit and Opportunity, are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can‘t yet go.
While the football fan was thrilled to be at the Super Bowl, he was disappointed with the location of his seat. Peering across the stadium through his binoculars, he spied an empty seat on the 50-yard line and made his way there.
Spiders are very small, so it is easy to think that they do not make anything strong. However, a scientist at Oxford University in Britain has discovered this is not true. David Knight says that eight-legged spiders create a material called silk that could be as strong as rope.
All of us eat every day, but most of us don‘t understand nutrition. How much do you know about good nutrition? Please answer these twelve questions based on current ideas about food and health. The answers may surprise you.
Avian influenza (AI), or “bird flu“, is caused by type A influenza virus. The symptoms can vary from a mild disease with little or no mortality to a highly fatal, rapidly spreading epidemic (highly pathogenic avian influenza), depending on the infecting virus strain, host factors, and environmental stressors.
When rhythmic gymnastics first caught the attention of the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) in the middle of the 20th century, its devotees were calling it “modern gymnastics“. Yet its hazy history can clearly be traced to atleast the last century.
Do you often tell jokes when you speak English? Very few students even try to do it. There are two reasons for this. One is that they have trouble remembering jokes and stories. The second reason is that they don‘t tell the jokes in a natural, funny way. Let me show you how you can tell jokes and make people laugh in English.