Every Sunday morning I take a jog around a park near my home. There’s a lake located in one comer of the park. Each time I jog by this lake, I see the same elderly woman sitting at the water’s edge with a small metal cage sitting beside her.
This past Sunday my curiosity got the best of me, so I stopped jogging and walked over to her. As I got closer, I realized that the metal cage was in fact a small trap. There were three turtles, unharmed, slowly walking around the base of the trap. She had a fourth turtle in her lap that she was carefully scrubbing with a spongy brush.
“Hello,” I said. “I see you here every Sunday morning. If you don’t mind my nosiness(多管闲事), I’d love to know what you’re doing with these turtles.”
“I’m cleaning off their shells,” she replied. “Anything on a turtle’s shell, like algae（藻类）, reduces the turtle’s ability to absorb heat and impedes its ability to swim. It can also corrode and weaken the shell over time.”
“Wow! That’s really nice of you!” I exclaimed.
She went on, “I spend a couple of hours each Sunday morning, relaxing by this lake and helping these little guys out. It’s my own strange way of making a difference.”
“But don’t most freshwater turtles live their whole lives with algae and scum hanging from their shells?” I asked.
“Yes, sadly, they do,” she replied.
I scratched my head. “Well, don’t you think your time could be better spent? I mean, I think your efforts are kind and all, but there are fresh water turtles living in lakes all around the world. And 99% of these turtles don’t have kind people like you to help them clean off their shells. So, no offense… but how exactly are your localized efforts here truly making a difference?”
The woman giggled aloud. She then looked down at the turtle in her lap, scrubbed off the last piece of algae from its shell, and said, “Sweetie, if this little guy could talk, he’d tell you I just made all the difference in the world.”
1. What is the reason for the old woman sitting by the lake?（）
2. Which of the following statements is TRUE?（）
3. The underlined word “corrode” in the fourth paragraph probably means .
4. What is the best title for the text?（）
Offering an outdoor pool, Pingviman Hotel offers Thai-style rooms in Chiang Mai. Free WiFi is available through-out and a complimentary service takes guests to the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. All rooms are equipped with a 48-inch flat-screen cable TV and DVD player.
Facilities at this hotel include a business center, a fitness center and laundry services. There is also a tour desk and meeting facilities.
We speak your language!
Art Mai Gallery Nimman Hotel
Situated in Chiang Mai’s trendiest area, Art Mai Gallery Nimman Hotel Chiang Mai by Compass Hospitality boasts accommodation in a boutique hotel well-decorated with art works from the renowned local Thai artists. Free WiFi is offered all throughout the property.
At Art Mai Gallery Nimman Hotel, guests will find an outdoor pool, a fitness center and massage services. There is also a modern art collection for sale at the lobby area.
At Chiang Mai
At Chiang Mai is a 2-minute walk from Sunday Walking Street. It offers rooms with a bathtub and free WiFi. Guests can relax by the pool or arrange sightseeing trips at the tour desk.
Staff at the 24-hour front desk can help guests arrange shuttle service and laundry. A selection of international newspapers and board games is available for guests to enjoy.
Home-style Thai and European dishes are served at the restaurant from 07:00 to 23:00 hrs.
We speak your language!
De Chai The Colonial Hotel
Stylish colonial design is the trademark (商标) of De Chai Hotel, with its indoor pool and free WiFi. Located along Thapae Road, it is a 5-minute walk from the Sunday Walking Street.
Fully air-conditioned and extra spacious, rooms at De Chai are equipped with 37-inch flat-screen TVs, DVD players and iPod docks. Beautiful city views can be enjoyed through the clear floor-to-ceiling windows. Free WiFi is available in all areas.
Chang Khlan is a great choice for travelers interested in shopping, night markers and markets.
We speak your language!
Hotel Rooms: 40
5. What’s the similarity among the four hotels?（）
6. In which hotels can guests book a trip more conveniently?（）
7. What can be infer from the passage?（）
8. What can’t guests do in the hotel according to the passage?（）
Marvin Minsky is often called the Father of Artificial Intelligence. His work helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet.
Before Minsky, computers were more like calculators, performing math operations at speeds much faster than humans. Minsky was the first to say that computers can one day be as intelligent as human beings. He was so convinced about this, that in 1959, he and his friend John McCarthy invented the term “Artificial Intelligence” at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Minsky wrote a book called Perceptrons, describing a particular type of “artificial neural(神经的) network”. Neural networks have made a comeback in a new field of Computer Science called Deep Learning. Deep Learning is used to recognize things and people in pictures (as seen in Facebook and Google Photos), language translation( try Google Translate sometimes), and so on.
Robotics, Microscopes and Virtual Reality
How many of you have done Robotics at school and loved it? You have Minsky to thank again, for his work on Robotics. One of his biggest inventions was the confocal scanning microscope, an instrument that is still widely used today in medical and scientific research.
Minsky was really futuristic. He created one of the first head-mounted graphics displays(头戴式图形显示), which gave rise to the exciting area of Virtual Reality. This year, Facebook is releasing Oculus, a virtual reality headset, which you can use to play games with your friends in a 3-D environment.
Minsky’s major prediction that computers will one day become as intelligent as humans is now called the Theory of Singularity.
9. Which of the following statements is TRUE?（）
10. Which is NOT the function of Deep Learning?（）
11. Which is NOT one of Minsky’s characteristics according to the passage?（）
12. In which section of a newspaper can you read this passage?（）
For centuries Stonehenge has mystified and enraptured archaeologists and visitors. So maybe it is not surprising that another monumental wonder from prehistory has been overlooked for so long – even though it is just a mile away.
Experts have discovered an ‘extraordinary’ line of giant stones that dates back more than 4,500 years. The area around Stonehenge is littered with prehistoric sights but the 90 or more stones, lying 3ft underground, have only just been discovered by sophisticated radar equipment towed by radar equipment.
The buried monoliths are each up to 15ft tall. Instead of being arranged in a circle as they are at Stonehenge, it is thought they once formed a long standing line.
‘We are looking at one of the largest stone monuments in Europe and it has been under our noses for something like 4,000 years,’ said Professor Vince Gaffney, from the University of Bradford, one of the archaeologists leading the research. ‘It’s truly remarkable. We don’t think there’s anything quite like this anywhere else in the world. This is completely new and the scale is extraordinary.”
Prof. Gaffney believes the stones may have been planted by the same people who built Stonehenge, but he doubts whether there is a direct link between the two monuments.
These stones were placed along a steep slope, cut into a natural dry valley to form a C-shaped feature.
Precisely why the stones were put there remains a mystery. The archaeologists believe that at some stage the stones were pushed over. This was not done to damage the monument but rather to preserve whatever it was about the stones that seemed so important. “There was a transformation in the landscape that we do not understand,” Prof. Gaffney said. “The stones had significance. These were special places. Societies were organized, as with the great cathedrals, to create these things.”
13. What have experts found according to Paragraph 2?（）
14. What can we know about Stonehenge from the passage?（）
15. Which sentence is TRUE according to the passage?（）
Five Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder
No matter how hard we work, it seems that there is never enough time to get all the important tasks done. Rather than working longer, consider working smarter, not harder. Here are some ways to work smarter:
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A. Stick to your plan.
B. We set unrealistic goals or standards for ourselves.
C. Also, take time to reward yourself for achieving a goal.
D. Organize your workday.
E. We cannot expect to complete the tasks quickly.
F. Learn which tasks can be delegated and which need personal attention.
G. It is a well-thought-out plan to help guide and direct work activities.
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Yesterday was my father’s birthday. We made many preparation for it. Early in the morning, my mother and I set off for the department store to find gift for Father. We chose very careful, eventually a warm sweater our eye but was purchased.
To showing my love for my father, I made a birthday cake under the help of my mother. In the evening, we got together to celebrate her birthday. With candles lit, we sang happy birthday out loud and clapped, that made the room alive with the sound of cheering.
Then we take a family photo to record the happy moment. When I saw tears of joy in Father’s eye, I was filled in with a feeling of accomplishment and happiness.